Subject Pool Participants

Subject Pool Management System

The Subject Pool Requirement

Some of the undergraduate courses in the Department of Educational Psychology have a subject pool requirement. By virtue of being registered in EDP 310 (Strategic Learning for the 21st Century), EDP 312 (Human Sexuality & Relationships), EDP 363, EDP 363M or EDP 371 (Introduction to Statistics), you become part of the subject pool. The subject pool requirement applies to all students enrolled including those taking these courses on a credit/no-credit basis.

Importance of Your Participation

Knowledge in our field can advance only through quality research involving humans. Computer simulations and animal research simply cannot provide sufficient and valid information about how PEOPLE learn, think, and act. Thus, this subject pool requirement enables researchers—EDP faculty and graduate students—to conduct studies that we hope will ultimately benefit others in society. The importance of your assistance in this research and our appreciation for your participation cannot be overstated.

We also hope that serving as a subject in research also benefits you, as a participant. Through participation in a study, you will gain a firsthand understanding of research processes, allowing you the chance to practice your analytical and evaluation skills. These skills are useful in your coursework and in understanding the increasing use of social and behavioral research throughout our culture. Also, you may learn more about psychological constructs when you receive the feedback provided by the researcher at the conclusion of the study.

Your Rights as a Participant

In accordance with guidelines for the ethical treatment of participants, you should know that participating in any particular study is voluntary. Even once you've given consent to participate and begun a study, you can choose to stop participating. This is why we make available an alternate assignment that also allows you to learn about research and that takes about the same amount of time to fulfill the subject pool requirement.

Participant’s Rights:

  • By completing the registration process you are agreeing to participate in a research study rather than doing the alternative assignment as your way to meet the research requirement. However, this does not commit you to participate in the study that you chose.
  • At the time the study is conducted, you will be given a consent form that describes the nature of the study.
  • You may decline to participate in the particular study upon reading this form if you choose.
  • In addition, once the study is underway, you have the right to cease participation in the study at any time without penalty should you feel uncomfortable with the study’s procedures.
  • If you choose not to participate in the study at any point, you may complete the alternate assignment instead. 

See also the Bill of Rights for Research Participants and Information for Research Participants by the the Office of Research Support and Compliance

Fulfilling the Requirement

To fulfill your subject pool requirement you must participate in research studies that total 5 credits. You will receive 1 credit for taking the mandatory pre-screening survey. You will then have the opportunity to choose from a list of available studies to earn the remaining 4 credits. You may also fulfill the requirement by completing an alternate assignment (see below).

Availability of Studies

Studies will be available on the EDP Subject Pool management system on February 14, 2017. A participant account will be created for you in the management system at the beginning of the semester if you were registered for EDP 310, 312, 363, 363M and/or 371 by the first day of class. Your User ID and temporary password will be emailed to you. Check your junk/spam folder if you do not receive this email within the first two weeks of the semester.

Study Completion Deadline

The researchers have been told that they must complete their studies no later than April 21, 2017 —approximately three weeks before the last day of class—so as not to interfere with the end-of-semester crunch of assignments and tests. However, researchers may need you to complete the study earlier than this deadline, and they have the right to set a deadline to complete their study before April 21, 2017. If any researcher sets an early deadline, you must meet their deadline in order to receive credit for that study.

Alternate Assignment

If you prefer not to participate in studies, or if you do not earn the required number of study credits by the study completion deadline, you will need to complete the written alternate assignment. This assignment will be a written review of related research. The time needed to complete the assignment will be approximately the same as that for the research study participation.

Note: Submission of the alternate assignment will also be required for those who choose to participate in studies but fail to earn 5 study credits by the study completion deadline above.

Alternate assignments will be posted on this webpage on March 7, 2017, and will be due May 5, 2017 by 11:59 PM.


Students who fail to earn 5 study credits by  April 21, 2017 or do not submit the written alternate assignment by May 5, 2017 will receive an "incomplete" instead of a grade in their EDP 310, 312, 363, 363M or 371 course or courses being taken during the semester.


Have questions about the Subject Pool requirement? Please do not ask your instructor. Contact the Subject Pool Coordinator, Hien Nguyen.