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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: 5 October 2017

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.

The study will close once all available spots are full. To participate, please visit

Thank you for your time and participation.


Liesel Sharabi Ph.D.   
Assistant Professor   
Principal Investigator

Immersive Storytelling

You are invited to participate in a research study about the use of technology to tell stories in online videos. The study will require you to do two things:

If you wish to participate in this study, please visit this link to learn the complete details of the study, fill out the initial survey, and reserve your study session:

Everyone who participates in this study will have the opportunity to enter a random drawing for one of eight $50 Amazon gift cards. Also, if you are a student enrolled in a Reed College of Media or a Department of Communication Studies 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. The study is open to all WVU students over the age of 18.

This study has been reviewed by WVU’s Institutional Review Board, Protocol #1707688211.

If you have any questions, please contact a member of our research team below:

Dr. Nick Bowman
Associate Professor, Communication Studies

Dr. Geah Pressgrove
Assistant Professor, Reed College of Media

Jennifer Knight
PhD Candidate, Communication Studies