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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 - some offering credit, and other offering incentives such as payments and raffle drawings. 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, if a study is eligible for extra credit, 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

Last Updated: 28 April 2017  

Relationships with Grandparents

Dear Potential Participant:

We are conducting a survey study on the relationship you have with a grandparent.  Your responses will be completely anonymous. West Virginia University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) has approved this study on file (Protocol #1702477534).  You will be reporting on your own beliefs and your perceptions of a grandparent's beliefs. We are interested in learning about how you and your selected grandparent converse – both generally and in relation to communicated attitudes and beliefs about African Americans.

  If you are at least 18 years of age, enrolled as a student at West Virginia University, and have at least one living grandparent, we would appreciate you completing the survey (takes approximately 30 minutes).

The survey can be taken at the following link:

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 researchers at the e-mail below. 


Dr. Christine E. Rittenour
Principal Investigator
Associate Professor, Communication Studies 

Matthew J. Thomas
M.A. Student, Communication Studies