Psychology Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE)
Last Day for Spring 2013 PURE Requirement
Completion - April 26 at 4:30pm
Student Information - IMPORTANT!!! READ
In general education psychology courses (PSY 100, 221, 250,
251) you will be learning about many factors that interact
to influence thinking and behavior. Just as in other scientific
disciplines such as biology, chemistry, and physics, knowledge
in psychology is obtained by conducting carefully designed
studies or experiments. Much of what you will be learning
in this class represents the findings of previous psychological
research. To enhance your knowledge of research and methodology,
and its relevance in the critical thinking process, we offer
students the opportunity to participate in research in your
general education psychology course. All 100- and 200- level
general education psychology courses require a research component
for which you will receive course credit. If you do not complete
the research experience requirement, you will receive an incomplete
in the course.
You will complete six research credits for each 100- or 200-level
general education psychology course in which you are enrolled.
You are expected to begin completion of your research experience
requirement on the third Monday of the semester. All research
credits and papers will be due at 4:30pm on the 14th Friday
of the semester. You have at least three
options for completing this research experience requirement.
You will be able to complete the research experience requirement
using any combination of options allowed by your instructor.
The first is being a research participant.
Please read the following information carefully as it describes
your rights as a research participant and instructions for
Your Rights as a Research Participant
- Be aware that an ethics committee has reviewed and approved
each study before anyone is allowed to participate to insure
that volunteers are not mistreated.
- Before you participate in the study, the researcher will
talk to you about the types of things that will occur during
the study and you will be asked to sign a statement indicating
that you have been informed of the procedures (i.e., informed
- After you complete the study, the researcher will explain
the purpose of the study you completed.
- You have the right to discontinue your participation in
a study at any time without penalty.
- You have the right to expect the researcher to be professional
in his or her conduct during the study. This includes the
expectation that the researcher shows-up on time, conducts
the study, and demonstrates appropriate respect and consideration
Instructions for Participating in Psychological
- You will sign up for studies using Sona Systems (http://wiupsychology.sona-systems.com).
Your login name is your WIU email address, and you will
receive an email during the first two weeks of the semester
with your password. Before signing-up for a study carefully
read all the information to make sure you qualify for the
study. NOTE: Be sure to record the study number,
the researcher's name, the location of the study, and the
date and time of the study on your personal calendar or
- Sona Systems will assign you a unique, numeric ID code.
You will see this ID code when you view the Human Subjects
Policy, when you update your profile, and in email confirmations
and reminders about your upcoming study sessions. Bring
this ID code with you when you go to studies or when communicating
with researchers, as they know you only by your ID code,
and not your name.
- Research credit is earned based upon the amount of time
the study lasts (30 minutes = 1 credit)
- The maximum number of credits you can
earn from online studies is 3 credits (90 minutes).
- Cancellation Policy: If you discover
that you will be unable to attend a study for which you
signed up you must cancel your participation for your scheduled
study on Sona Systems at least 8 hours prior to the study.
DO NOT contact your instructor or the psychology
office to cancel your appointment time in a study.
- No Show Policy: After two no shows (unexcused
absence – the student does not cancel the study sign-up
and fails to contact the researcher in charge of the study)
the student’s Sona Systems account will become Limited.
With a Limited account, the student must complete the requirement
using the instructor-approved research alternatives.
You have at least two other options as ways
to complete the requirement. You will sign up for these research
alternatives on Sona Systems as you would for regular research
studies – these options are specified as a Research
Alternative. For each of the following options, you need to
complete the Written
Report for Research Experience. The written research reports
should be completed during or immediately following engagement
in the research activity. These will be turned in to Room
111 of Waggoner Hall. You must complete the
Written Report for Research Credit to obtain credit for these
options. Please check with your instructor regarding which
options he or she has chosen.
- Read a research article identified by your instructor
(2 credits each)
- Read a research-related newspaper article selected by
your instructor (1 credit)
- Watch a videotaped study (1 credit)
- Attend research lecture (colloquium, research presentations
of candidates, thesis defense) (2 credits)
- Participate in simulated in-person or online studies
(30 minutes – 1 credit)
- Interview a psychology researcher about a completed research
project (1 credit)
All students enrolled in general education psychology courses
with a PURE requirement should read the Psychology
Undergraduate Research Handbook and are responsible for
knowing its content.
Early Completion Credits
Students can earn two (2) of their PURE credits by planning
- One (1) credit will be awarded to all students who have
completed the prescreen by the end of the 4th week of classes
- One (1) credit will be awared to all students who have
completed at least half (3/6) of their credits by the end
of the 8th week of classes
What should I do if I have a problem or complaint?
- If the issue is about course credit for your research
participation, see your instructor.
- If you have a complaint or concern about a study, contact
the faculty member listed on Sona Systems for the study.
- If your issue is not resolved to your satisfaction, contact
Dr. Sears, interim chair of the Psychology Department, at 298-1593,
or Dr. Hetzel-Riggin, Psychology Department Research Committee
Chair at PsychologyResearch@wiu.edu.
NOTE: Students may continue to participate in research
experiences after the closing date in order to complete the
requirement or to earn extra credit in non-PURE course. However,
there is no guarantee that the credits will be awarded in
Sona Systems before the instructor must turn in grades. It
is possible that after this date the student may initially
be given an "incomplete" on his or her grades, which
will then be changed over the holiday break. Students who
do not complete the requirement will have nine (9) weeks into
the Fall 2013 semester before the incomplete grade automatically
changes to an "F".