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Research Credit Opportunities

Many COMM courses offer research credit (extra credit) to enrolled students for completing studies conducted by COMM faculty and graduate students. Studies listed on this page have been approved for participation by the Department, and are actively accepting student participants. The complete details of each study are listed below. If you have questions about whether or not you as a student are eligible for extra credit for participating in these studies, or how much credit you are eligible for, please consult your class syllabus or speak with your course instructor.

If you have any questions about the individual studies, please contact either the researchers listed. If you have questions or comments about this web page, please contact COMM Research Coordinator Nick Bowman at Nicholas.Bowman@mail.wvu.edu

LAST UPDATED: 13 March 2017

Action Games and Skill Training

You are invited to participate in a research study about video games and cognitive training. If you decide to participate in this study, we’ll ask you to do the following:

(1) complete a short screening survey to ensure that you are eligible for the study (5 minutes)
(2) complete a series of short cognitive skills tests (10 minutes)
(3) play a popular video game for about 4 hours over the course of three weeks (6 sessions, 40 minutes each session)
(4) after each game, complete a survey about your experiences in the video game (10 minutes).

To participate in this study you must (A) be over the age of 18 and (B) have little to no gaming history (i.e., under 1 hour per week in the last six months & under 5 hours per week at any point during the last 10 years) in first person shooters (e.g., Call of Duty, Battlefield, Counterstrike, Unreal Tournament, Overwatch, etc.) or action-oriented racing games (e.g., Need for Speed, Burnout, Mario Kart, etc.). All game sessions will take place in our research lab, 210E Armstrong Hall, and the study is scheduled to start during the week of March 20, 2017.

Upon completion, you will be compensated with a total payment of $15 for participating in this study – $2.50 for each session you attend, prorated and paid in cash after the last session that you attend. Participants who attend all six sessions will also be entered into a drawing for an additional $50 Amazon.com giftcard.
If you wish to participate in this study, please visit this link to check your eligibility for the study!

http://wvu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2rWX3y0t6u4fX2l

If you have any questions, you can contact me directly at:

Kevin Koban
Visiting Scholar
Department of Communication Studies
koban@hrz.tu-chemnitz.de
221 Armstrong Hall

The project is supervised by Dr. Nick Bowman, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, West Virginia University, Nicholas.Bowman@mail.wvu.edu, 210L Armstrong Hall, (304) 293-3905. The study is on file with WVU’s Office of Research Integrity and Compliance, #1702471445.

Dating and Social Judgments

You’re invited to participate in a research study about how potential dating partners use information to make social judgments in initial interactions. This study is being conducted by Liesel Sharabi, Ph.D., in the Department of Communication Studies at West Virginia University. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate, but you do not need to be single. You’ll receive extra credit for participating, and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win one $50 e-gift card to Starbucks or Chipotle (your choice).

This study will take about an hour to complete. First, you’ll fill out an online survey with some background information about yourself. That way, you’ll get to see some information about your partner, and your partner will get to see some information about you. Second, you’ll come to the lab for a 30-minute session, which will involve filling out a few surveys and having a brief, recorded “get-to-know-you” conversation with your partner. So, it’s pretty easy!

Your participation in this study will be kept as confidential as legally possible. There are no risks to you beyond the obvious discomfort you might experience from interacting with someone new for the first time. Your decision to participate or decline participation is entirely voluntary. You may skip any questions you don’t want to answer. You may also terminate your participation at any time without penalty to you, your class standing, or your job, grades, or status with West Virginia University. This study has been acknowledged by the Institutional Review Board.

Participation is first-come, first-served. The study will close once all available spots are full. To participate, please visit http://wvu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5t1Jh4bGtqhPVtz

Thank you for your time and participation.

Sincerely,

Liesel Sharabi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Studies
West Virginia University
liesel.sharabi@mail.wvu.edu

Humor in the Classroom

March 13, 2017

Dear Potential Participant:

We are conducting a study designed to examine students’ reactions to instructor use of humor in the classroom. Your responses will be completely anonymous. West Virginia University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) has acknowledged this study on file (Protocol #1703490383).

If you are at least 18 years of age and enrolled as a student at West Virginia University, I’d appreciate you completing the survey (takes approximately 20 minutes). This survey can be taken anytime between 2:00 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. on Friday, March 24, in 209 Armstrong.

As a student enrolled in a COMM course for Spring 2017, you may be eligible to receive research credit (extra credit) for participation in this study. To find out if you are eligible, please contact your instructor and/or your course syllabus. Your course syllabus should also include details regarding how many research credits you may be eligible for (as well as how many research opportunities you can attempt for that class). Students not wishing to volunteer for this study are able to receive research credit by completing an alternative assignment. For students in eligible classes, your instructor will provide more information on the alternative assignment.

If you have questions regarding this research, contact one of the co-investigators at the e-mail addresses listed below.

Sincerely,

Dr. Scott A. Myers
Professor
Principal Investigator
scott.myers@mail.wvu.edu

James Baker
Ph.D. Student
Co-Investigator
jpb0020@mix.wvu.edu

Cathlin Clark-Gordon
Ph.D. Student
Co-Investigator
cvc0003@mix.wvu.edu

Maintaining Close Relationships

March 6, 2017

Dear Potential Participant:

I am conducting a survey study on the behaviors individuals use to maintain a close relationship. Your responses will be completely anonymous. West Virginia University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) has acknowledged this study on file (Protocol #1611363401).

If you are at least 18 years of age and enrolled as a student at West Virginia University, I’d appreciate you completing the survey (takes approximately 20 minutes). This survey can be taken anytime between 2:00 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. on Friday, March 24, in 209 Armstrong.

As a student enrolled in a COMM course for Spring 2017, you may be eligible to receive research credit (extra credit) for participation in this study. To find out if you are eligible, please contact your instructor and/or your course syllabus. Your course syllabus should also include details regarding how many research credits you may be eligible for (as well as how many research opportunities you can attempt for that class). Students not wishing to volunteer for this study are able to receive research credit by completing an alternative assignment. For students in eligible classes, your instructor will provide more information on the alternative assignment.

Participation is on a first come, first-served basis.

If you have questions regarding this research, contact the Principal Investigator at the e-mail below.

Sincerely,

Dr. Scott A. Myers
Professor
Principal Investigator
scott.myers@mail.wvu.edu

Romantic Partners, Talking To Others

Dear students,

Participants are sought for a research study conducted by Principal Investigator Dr. Megan Dillow in the Department of Communication Studies (COMM) at West Virginia University, along with Co-Investigators Dr. Jennifer Bevan at Chapman University, Dr. Amanda Denes at the University of Connecticut, and Dr. Pamela Lannutti at LaSalle University.

Study Purpose: To investigate participants’ perceptions of their romantic partners having an interaction with someone else.

Eligibility Requirements: You must be 18 years of age or older and currently in a monogamous, heterosexual romantic relationship to participate in this study.

Extra Credit: You may be eligible to earn extra credit in a COMM course for your participation in this study. If you have questions about whether you are eligible for extra credit for participating in this study, or how much extra credit you are eligible for as a result of participating in this study, please consult your course syllabus or speak with your instructor.

Procedure: The research procedures involve independently completing an anonymous, online, 20-25 minute survey. If you participate, you will be presented with a scenario where you are asked to imagine that your romantic partner has interacted intimately with another person who could be a potential romantic rival. You will then be asked your thoughts and feelings about the scenario.

Survey Link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PerceptionsOfInterpersonalInteractions2WVU

Other Information: Please complete the survey independently, read each section carefully, and answer all questions honestly. There are no right or wrong answers. Participation is completely voluntary. You may skip certain questions and you may stop completing the survey at any time without fear of penalty. This study addresses what some may consider a sensitive topic. If this makes you uncomfortable, you may not want to participate in this study. Institutional Review Board acknowledgement of this research study is on file.

Contact: If you would like more information about this research project, please contact Dr. Dillow at mrdillow@mix.wvu.edu.

Thanks very much for your consideration!

Social Ties and Experiences on Twitter

You are invited to participate in a research study about social ties on Twitter and how users experience them. If you decide to participate in this study, we’ll ask you to do the following:

  • Take a brief online survey to tell us a bit about yourself, how you use and think about Twitter, and your Twitter username (about 15 minutes)
  • Schedule a time to come into the lab (5 minutes)
  • Come into the lab and to look at a visualization of your Twitter, and answer some questions about a few of the users you are connected with (30 minutes)

If you wish to participate in this study, please visit this link to learn the complete details of the study and to fill out the initial survey: https://tinyurl.com/Studying-Twitter-survey

In order to participate in this study you MUST be at least 18 years old, an active Twitter user, and have sent a tweet in the past two weeks. In the study, you will be asked to share your Twitter handle, and you will be asked about some positive and negative experiences with Twitter, and about some tweets; some people may have negative reactions to these questions, but if you become uncomfortable you can stop participating at any time. WVU IRB is on file: 1702471213.

As a student enrolled in a COMM course for Spring 2017, you may be eligible to receive research credit (extra credit) for participation in this study. To find out if you are eligible, please contact your Instructor and/or your course syllabus. Your course syllabus should also include details regarding how many research credits you may be eligible for (as well as how many research opportunities you can attempt for that class). Students not wishing to volunteer for this study are able to receive research credit by completing an alternative assignment. For students in eligible classes, your Instructor will provide more information on the alternative assignment.
If you have any questions, please email the researchers, Dr. Jaime Banks, at jabanks@mail.wvu.edu and Andrew Nicholson, at aln0012@mix.wvu.edu

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Seelio: Sharing Student Work

Students enrolled in COMM courses are asked to study the theory and process of human communication so that they can apply this knowledge to understanding real-world issues. As part of this process, COMM students have adopted the Seelio platform – a social media platform that allows students to create an online portfolio of their coursework that is easily accessible to the public. Sharing these portfolios shows the importance of the COMM degree while also giving prospective employees a clear, accurate look at the academic work our students are doing.

Seelio Student Coursework Showcase

Academic Advising

Our advisors are available during the summer, fall and spring semesters during office hours. Check 108 Armstrong Hall, call 304-293-3905, or e-mail an advisor to check office hours for the semester (see below for contact information).

The COMM academic advisors are:

Nikki Loy – nikki.loy@mail.wvu.edu
Dr. John Shibley – jshibley@wvu.edu
Mary Donato – mdonato4@mix.wvu.edu

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Request a Mountaineer Intern

Professional Field Experience (PFE) is a key element in the undergraduate COMM curriculum that allows students to gain experience in applying their classroom knowledge to a variety of corporate and organizational environments. Organizations looking for students with an in-depth understanding of communication areas that include (but are not limited to) communication theory, data analysis, health communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and social media/communication technology now have the opportunity to request an intern from the Department of Communication Studies at WVU. Use the form below to read up on our PFE program, and to request a Mountaineer intern today.

Organization Intern Application