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Research Opportunities

The Communication Studies Department requires all students taking COMM1500 and COMM1110 to satisfy a 2 credit departmental research requirement. Students must earn 2 credits for each Communication Studies class that requires or offers research participation (e.g., students cannot use one research opportunity to apply to two classes). The Research Requirement must be completed on or before the Friday prior to Reading Day. Failure to fulfill the research requirement will result in a grade of Incomplete (I). In order to remove the Incomplete (I), you must complete the research requirement in a future semester.

About Research Opportunities

Scholarly inquiry in the field of communication aims to systematically advance knowledge about how humans create, interpret, and respond to messages. Ultimately, our research helps us to understand how and why humans communicate the way they do. Therefore, the research contributions made by students of the Department of Communication Studies are a lasting part of the body of social scientific knowledge about communication.

Undergraduate students have three options to satisfy the research requirement:

· Option 1: Participation in a lab-based research study = 2 credits

· Option 2: Participation in an online study = 1 credit each

· Option 3: Read and answer questions about a Communication research article = 2 credit each

Please consult your course workbook or instructor for further details.

Registering with SONA online system:

Since Summer 2020, the Department of Communication Studies Research Pool has been using the Sona Systems portal to manage research participation. To view available opportunities and sign up to participate in studies, students need to log into the system to (1) view the list of available studies, (2) sign up for studies they are interested in and qualify for, and (3) track their progress throughout the semester. Instructors can also view their students’ research requirement fulfillment status by logging into the system.

When signing up for a study, make sure to select the course for which you want the credit applied. Do not select a course you are not enrolled in. Do not select the course called 'For Instructor/Research'.

Below we provide “How-to” pdfs for students, researchers and instructors to help them navigate the SONA system:

If you have any questions, please contact the Research Participant Pool Coordinator at

Removing Enrollment from a Research Opportunity

If you have signed up for a research opportunity but can no longer participate, you may request to have your name removed from the sign-up list in SONA. If the study is a lab-based study with a specific time slot, you can email the researcher who is in charge of the study listed on the research opportunity website with the subject "Request Removal from Research Opportunity Sign-up".

If you have any questions, please contact the department's Research Participant Pool Coordinator at

Support our Department

We greatly appreciate your generosity. Your gift enables us to offer our students and faculty opportunities for research, travel, and any number of educational events that augment the classroom experience. Support the efforts of the Department of Communication Studies by visiting our giving section.

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