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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: 14 February 2019

Active Studies  

Online Survey: "Distance" in Social Interactions  

You are invited to participate in a research study about how people think about the idea of “distance” in social interactions. If you decide to participate in this study (which takes 15-20 minutes to complete), you’ll be asked to take an online survey that will include the following:

  • Giving your opinions about different types of interactions with different types of entities
  • Giving your opinions about how you might feel about interacting with one, particular social partner
  • Telling us a bit about yourself

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 survey:

bit.ly/different-entities

If you are a student enrolled in a COMM course, you may be eligible to receive research credit (extra credit) for participation in this study—please consult with your syllabus and instructor for details. If you are receiving credit, be sure to print or screen-capture the final page of the survey, with your unique participant identifier.

This study has been reviewed by WVU’s IRB, protocol #1901423073.

If you have any questions, please contact the researcher, Dr. Jaime Banks, by email at jabanks@mail.wvu.edu


Family Narratives about Divorce   

You are invited to take part in a research study entitled "Family Narratives about Divorce" designed to examine how individuals make sense of their parents’ divorce in their families using personal stories. This project is being conducted by Principal Investigator Dr. Christine Rittenour and Co-Investigator Stephen M. Kromka in the Department of Communication Studies at West Virginia University.  

To participate in this study, you must be at least 18 years of age, be enrolled at West Virginia University, and have divorced parents. This questionnaire will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Your participation is very much appreciated.

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 review 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 wish to participate in this research study, you can follow the link below to learn the details of the study and complete the survey.  

https://wvu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Gdh5YSy0TeVS73

 If you would like more information about this research project, feel free to contact Co-investigator Stephen M. Kromka at smk0023@mix.wvu.edu

This study has been acknowledged by West Virginia University’s Institutional Review Board, and is on file as Protocol #1901430455. 


Perceptions of Robot and Human Behavior   

You are invited to participate in a research study about how people think and feel about the ways that robots and humans behave. If you decide to participate in this study, it will take about an hour total and you’ll be asked to do the following:

  • Take a brief online survey to tell us a bit about yourself (about 5 minutes)
  • Schedule a time to come into the lab (5 minutes)
  • Come into the lab in Armstrong Hall on WVU’s downtown campus and experience a series of video-recorded interactions with a human or with a robot, and a short interview (40 minutes)
  • Complete a short, in-lab questionnaire about your thoughts and feelings about the human or robot (10 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:

http://bit.ly/robothumanbehavior

Everyone who participates in this study will have the opportunity to enter a random drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card. If you are a student enrolled in a COMM course, you may also be eligible to receive research credit (extra credit) for participation in this study—please consult with your syllabus and instructor for details.

This study has been reviewed by WVU’s IRB, protocol # 1802982775.

If you have any questions, please contact the researcher Jaime Banks at jabanks@mail.wvu.edu.