Event Title

Doing Research on Research: Assessing Factors that May Influence Student Research Participation in Psychology

Location

CSU Ballroom

Start Date

16-4-2013 2:00 PM

End Date

16-4-2013 4:00 PM

Student's Major

Psychology

Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mentor's Name

Karla Lassonde

Mentor's Department

Psychology

Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Description

Hundreds of college students participate in research every year. Although participation is voluntary, it is a critical part of research productivity. We examined archival data collected from the Fall of 2012 and Spring of 2013 using the Psychology Department’s research management system called SONA. Within this data, we were particularly interested in studies that had a high rate of ‘no- shows’. No-shows occur when a participant signs up for a study, but does not show up for either an excused or unexcused reason. A new policy was implemented for the spring 2013 in hopes to lower the high number of no-shows. We gained valuable insight into the utility of this new policy by comparing semesterly data and surveying faculty who rely on the system for research. One implication of a high rate of no-shows is that research is often conducted online vs. face-to-face. This and other insights from this archival analysis will be discussed.

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Doing Research on Research: Assessing Factors that May Influence Student Research Participation in Psychology

CSU Ballroom

Hundreds of college students participate in research every year. Although participation is voluntary, it is a critical part of research productivity. We examined archival data collected from the Fall of 2012 and Spring of 2013 using the Psychology Department’s research management system called SONA. Within this data, we were particularly interested in studies that had a high rate of ‘no- shows’. No-shows occur when a participant signs up for a study, but does not show up for either an excused or unexcused reason. A new policy was implemented for the spring 2013 in hopes to lower the high number of no-shows. We gained valuable insight into the utility of this new policy by comparing semesterly data and surveying faculty who rely on the system for research. One implication of a high rate of no-shows is that research is often conducted online vs. face-to-face. This and other insights from this archival analysis will be discussed.

Recommended Citation

Anderson, Stacy. "Doing Research on Research: Assessing Factors that May Influence Student Research Participation in Psychology." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 16, 2013.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2013/poster-session-B/11