MSCH-C101 Subject Pool

Current Research Studies

There are no active research studies at this time. Please check back soon.

What do I have to do?

All students in C101 must participate as a research subject in one Media School research study. Participation in a study is worth 3% of your course grade.

You must complete this requirement for the course, but your participation in any individual study is voluntary. If you are unable or unwilling to participate in a study, we will arrange a substitute assignment. Please email Megan Connor, Research and Creativity Activity Coordinator ( to choose this option.

Why do I have to do it and what will I learn?

One of the goals of C101 course is to help undergraduate students learn about the types of media research that go on at the Media School. The Institute for Communication Research (ICR) conducts many studies that use human subjects. By participating in one of these studies, you will gain first-hand knowledge of the kind of research done in the ICR, the ethical principles of research, and the diversity of questions Media School researchers are trying to answer.

Is research participation safe?

Research studies must receive approval from the IRB (Institutional Review Board) to make sure they are safe for human participation before the study begins. Researchers are also required to get your signed consent before you participate. The researcher will also explain what will happen in the study and give you a chance to ask questions before you participate. If something about the study makes you uncomfortable, you can choose not participate or stop participating at any time during the study.

How do I sign up to participate in research?

See current research opportunities.

Please make sure to note that some studies might ask you to fill out a prerequisite survey to see if you are eligible for the study.

To sign up:

  1. Confirm that the name of the study is the one you intended to select on the scheduling page that opens in the link.
  2. Once you have selected your time zone (GMT-4:00 Eastern Time), you will be able to see a calendar. Days with available appointments will be in bold.
  3. Select a day to see a dropdown list of available appointment times.
  4. Choose an appointment by selecting “continue.”
  5. On the next page, you will fill out your name and IU email address. Make sure to use your IU email so we can give you credit for participating! You can also add your phone number if you would like to receive reminder text messages.
  6. There may be additional questions on this page to verify you are eligible to participate in this study.

After signing up, you will receive a confirmation email. Make sure to save this: it includes a link to your study appointment so you can cancel or reschedule if needed.

Typically, it takes researchers a few weeks to get research studies ready. There may not be many studies available to sign up for at the beginning the semester, so you should expect to participate more frequently mid- to late semester. Your 101 instructor will notify you when new studies become available for you to participate in. Additionally, if you wait until the end of the semester, there may be no available appointments left. So plan ahead and schedule early!

Where do I go to participate in the study I signed up for?

All research studies (unless otherwise specified) take place in the Institute for Communication Research (ICR). The ICR is in the basement level of The Media School (Franklin Hall). The easiest way to locate it is to use the front entrance of Franklin Hall and take the righthand stairs down to the basement floor. Follow the hallway to the right, then turn left. The ICR is the second door on the left.

When you arrive at the ICR, please sit in the waiting area and wait for one of the researchers to come and check you in.

What if I have to cancel or reschedule an appointment?

After scheduling an appointment, you will receive a confirmation email from the ICR. The email includes a link to access your appointment details. Click the link if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment.

Please note that you are only able to alter your appointment up to 12 hours before it is scheduled. This ensures that ICR researchers can be prepared for the correct number of research subjects the following day.

What if I miss an appointment?

Keeping study appointments is very important. First, most experiments require a lot of work to prepare. ICR researchers take time out of the rest of their busy schedules to run the study, so it is rude to skip the appointment when someone has prepared for you. Second, when you sign up and then skip the appointment you take an opportunity to earn course credit away from another student.

If you do not show up for a scheduled research appointment, this is called a “no show.” After two no-shows, you will be blocked from scheduling another appointment, and so will receive a zero, dropping your C101 grade by 2%.

If you missed your appointment due to an emergency, please email Megan ( to explain.

How do I get credit once I sign up for research?

The ICR keeps a record of who has signed up and completed participation in research studies. This information will be sent along to your C101 instructor monthly so they can update your participation grade.

Can I sign up for more than one research study?

You are welcome to sign up for more studies if you are interested in learning more about the ICR or the specific types of research being done. However, you are only able to complete one study for C101 credit.

What if I turn 18 during the semester?

If you are 17 now, but will turn 18 during the semester you have two choices:
1. Contact Megan ( to complete the substitute assignment.
2. Sign up to participate in a research study after your birthday. (This option is only recommended if your birthday is early enough in the semester.)