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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  Nicholas.Bowman@mail.wvu.edu.

Last Updated: 20 August 2017


Classroom Communication Behaviors

We are conducting a research study on college students’ perceptions of college instructors’ use of classroom communication behaviors. Your responses will be completely anonymous. West Virginia University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) has acknowledged this study on file (Protocol #1704534368). If you are at least 18 years of age and enrolled as a student at West Virginia University, we’d appreciate you completing a survey (takes approximately 20 minutes).  

This survey can be taken anytime between 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 8, 2017 in 209 Armstrong.  

As a student enrolled in a COMM course for Fall 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 the Principal Investigator at the e-mail below.   

Sincerely,

Scott A. Myers, Ph.D. 
Professor 
Principal Investigator
scott.myers@mail.wvu.edu

James Baker, M.A. 
Ph.D. Student 
Co-Investigator
jbp0020@mix.wvu.edu

Stephen Kromka, M.A. 
Ph.D. Student 
Co-Investigator
smk00230@mix.wvu.edu

Sara Pitts, M.E. 
Ph.D. Student 
Co-Investigator
sep0014@mix.wvu.edu


Dating and Initial Interactions

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   
Principal Investigator  
liesel.sharabi@mail.wvu.edu 


Emerging Adults

We are conducting a research study on emerging adults’ communication with their parents. 

Your responses will be completely anonymous. West Virginia University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) has acknowledged this study on file (Protocol #1607189618).  

To participate in this study, you must be between 18 and 25 years old, in contact with at least one stepparent or  adoptive parent, and a student at West Virginia University. Participation in this study consists of completing an anonymous survey that should take approximately 15 minutes.

This survey can be taken anytime between 2:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. on Friday, September 8, 2017 in 115 Armstrong.

As a student enrolled in a COMM course for Fall 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 would like more information regarding this research project, feel free to contact Co-Investigator Christine Anzur at ckanzur@mix.wvu.edu. 

Sincerely,

Scott A. Myers, Ph.D. 
Professor 
Principal Investigator 
scott.myers@mail.wvu.edu

Christine Anzur, M.A.  
Ph.D. Student  
Co-Investigator 
ckanzur@mix.wvu.edu


Perceptions of Games

We are conducting a study designed to examine perceptions of games. Your responses will be completely anonymous. West Virginia University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) has acknowledged this study on file (Protocol # 1706627880).

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 15 minutes).

This survey can be taken online at: http://bit.do/GamePerceptions

As a student enrolled in a COMM course, 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 the co-investigator at the e-mail address listed below.  

Sincerely,  

Dr. Christine Rittenour
Associate Professor
Principal Investigator
christine.rittenour@mail.wvu.edu  

Joe A. Wasserman, M.A.
Ph.D. Student
Co-Investigator
jowasserman@mix.wvu.edu


Perceptions of Parents 

My name is James Baker, and I am a doctoral student in the Communication Studies Department here at West Virginia University. You are invited to participate in a research study about your perceptions of your parent as you begin college. To be eligible to participate in this study you must be 18 years of age or older and a first-semester freshman enrolled in a Communication Studies course at West Virginia University.

The study consists of only one 30-minute online survey. This project is being supervised by Dr. Liesel Sharabi, Department of Communication Studies, Armstrong Hall, room 108, P.O. box 6293 Morgantown, WV 26506, liesel.sharabi@mail.wvu.edu

If you are a student enrolled in a Communication Studies course for fall 2017, you may be eligible to receive extra credit for participating 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 are interested in participating in the study please complete this online survey:

Link to survey: https://wvu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6lEZluOV7aEyg3H

If you decide to participate in this study, your participation will be completely confidential. WVU IRB approval for this research study is on file (1707683716). Participation in this study is completely voluntary and your class and university standing will not be affected in any way if you choose not to participate.

Questions about the study can be directed to the co-investigator, James Baker (jpb0020@mix.wvu.edu).

Thank you very much for your interest in the study.

Sincerely,

Liesel Sharabi Ph.D.  
Assistant Professor  
Principal Investigator 
liesel.sharabi@mail.wvu.edu

James Baker, M.A.  
Ph.D. Student  
Co-Investigator 
jbp0020@mix.wvu.edu


Perceptions of Siblings 

West Virginia University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) has acknowledged this study on file (Protocol #1703499973). If you are at least 18 years of age, have a living sibling who is 18 years of age or older, and enrolled as a student at West Virginia University, we’d appreciate you completing a survey on one of your sibling relationships.

Participation in this study will require you to attend a 15-minute session on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, in 115 Armstrong to pick up a survey to complete. Surveys will need to be returned on Wednesday, September 13, in 115 Armstrong.

The 15-minute sessions on Wednesday, September 6 begin at 1:30 pm and continue until 4:15 pm. A session will begin at each of the following times:

As a student enrolled in a COMM course for Fall 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 the Principal Investigator at the e-mail below.

Sincerely,

Scott A. Myers, Ph.D.  
Professor  
Principal Investigator 
scott.myers@mail.wvu.edu

Christine Anzur, M.A.  
Ph.D. Student  
Co-Investigator 
ckanzur@mix.wvu.edu

James Baker, M.A.  
Ph.D. Student  
Co-Investigator 
jbp0020@mix.wvu.edu

Sara Pitts, M.E.  
Ph.D. Student  
Co-Investigator 
sep0014@mix.wvu.edu