Research Participation Program
Your Guide to the Research Participation Program and Pool

**Researcher use of the RPP is limited to Psychology Department faculty, graduate students, postdocs, honors students, postbacs, and lab managers.**


For access please visit the Sona website


About the Research Participation Program (RPP)

The Research Participation Program (RPP) gives undergraduate students a chance to participate in some of this research. As a participant in RPP surveys and experiments, you help the department's graduate student and faculty researchers answer important questions about psychology. RPP is a chance to learn more about important topics in research methods to meet faculty and graduate student researchers.


To encourage participation in the RPP, your psychology course is allowing you to receive research participation credit as part of your grade. Participation in the RPP involves participating in a certain number of experiments throughout the semester. In addition, you can earn one RPP credit at the beginning of the semester by completing the optional Prescreening Survey.


It is your choice to volunteer, or not, for the program. Students in the RPP program courses who choose to not volunteer should speak with their instructor or GSI about an alternative task. If you do participate, keep this information as a reference about the program's policies and your role in it.


You must be at least 18 years old to participate in the RPP. If you are not 18, please notify your instructor or GSI and obtain an alternative task.


The psychology student services office (Psych SSO) does not monitor the RPP. For questions regarding the RPP please be sure to reach out to RPP at


  • For Students
    Please download and read completely: RPP Information for Students
    Fall 2023 Spring 2024  
    Aug 23 Jan 16 First day participate in the RPP Prescreening Survey
    Sep 1 Jan 27 Last day to complete the RPP Prescreening Survey by 12 pm (noon, midday)
    Sep 2 Jan 28 First day to participate in studies (other than Prescreening)
    Oct 20 Mar 16 Last day to earn a credit & for researchers to credit participants for Phase I
    Dec 1 Apr 26 Last day to participate in studies
    Dec 1 Apr 26 Last day for researchers to credit participants
    Dec 2 Apr 27 Last day to change credit allocations to Psychology courses
  • For Researchers
    Please download for more information on RPP requirements and procedures: Guidelines for Researchers
    Fall 2023 Spring 2024  
    Aug 20 Jan 8 Prescreening online application & Qualtrics survey due
    Aug 23 - Sep 1 Jan 16 - 26 Prescreening
    Aug 28 Jan 22 RPP Phase 1 application due
    Sep 2 Jan 28 Researchers receive prescreening information
    Sep 2 Jan 28 First day to recruit for studies
    Oct 13 Mar 10 Phase 2 starts for researchers
    Oct 20 Mar 16 Last for researchers to credit participants for Phase I
    Dec 1 Apr 26 Last day to run studies and credit participants