Extra Credit: Research Participation Option
The maximum extra credit points that can be earned in PSY 180 this semester is
18. You are only eligible to receive extra credit points if you have completed
the Research Exposure requirement, turned in all four of the Application Assignments,
and have no more than 4 unexcused absences. As soon as your Research Exposure
requirement is completed, any research participation minutes will be counted
toward Extra Credit. One way to earn extra credit points is via the Research
Extra Credit Option. Here's how it works:
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Throughout the semester you will have opportunities to participate in research
projects being conducted in the Psychology Department. Each project is
described in a folder posted on the large bulletin board outside 317 Wells
You are responsible for going over to Wells Hall, reading the folders,
and signing up for the ones in which you are interested.
You do not have to sign up for any particular research study. Read the
descriptions of the available studies and sign up for the one(s) that you
want to participate in.
When you sign up, be sure to write the name of the study, day and
time of the study, and room number of the study in your own planner
or calendar, so you won't forget.
How do I sign up?
If you sign up for a study, be sure to show up and show up on time.
If you are late, you may not be allowed to participate in that session.
Also, expect to stay the entire time. If a study session is listed as being
30 min. long, expect to be there for 30 min. Do not sign up for a session
if you won't be able to show up on time or to stay the entire time.
As long as a study is running, new days and times will be posted each week.
If the times one week don't fit your schedule, then check again the next
You may sign up only once for a given study. If you sign up multiple times
for the same study, you will not be allowed to participate in the extra
sessions and you will not be given extra credit for those extra sign-ups.
If a session has a limited number of slots, and all the slots are full,
you may not sign up for that session. If someone has crossed out their
name, then you may sign your name in that slot.
What if I can't/don't show up?
If you volunteer to be a participant in a research project, act responsibly.
Your attendance will be monitored. If you decide to participate in a research
study, then you must participate in good faith. If you do not behave in an
ethical, civil, appropriate manner during the session you will not receive
any extra credit for that study.
- IMPORTANT: Students who fail to attend 3 scheduled
times will lose all extra
credit that had been previously earned and will not be allowed to receive
any extra credit at all for this course. Students who fail to attend 5 scheduled
times will receive an "I" (Incomplete) for the course and be required
to redo the Research Exposure option the following semester.
If you find out you cannot attend a session for which you've signed up,
then if at all possible, you must cancel before that session. You
may go over to the bulletin board and cross your name off the sign-up folder
or you may call Dr. Waddill (809-2317).
- If you call Dr. Waddill to cancel, you must tell her your
name, the name of the study, the day, time, and room number of the session
that you need to cancel. If you cannot tell her all that information, then
she cannot cancel for you. If she is not in her office, leave all the information
on her voice mail (voice mail picks up after about 4 or 5 rings).
How many points do I get?
- You will earn 1 extra credit point for each 30 min. of research participation
(up to the maximum of 18 points -- or 9 hrs). Dr. Waddill will calculate
your final number of points by adding together your total minutes of research
participation during the semester and then dividing by 30.
You will get a Participation Receipt for each session in which you participate.
Keep those receipts; they are your proof of participating. At the end of
the semester, Dr. Waddill gets a computerized list of everyone's participation,
which she will post in class. It will be your responsibility to make sure
all your research participations were printed on the list. If any were
left out, you must show her the Participation Receipt for that study so
that she can give you credit.
How else can I earn extra credit?
- For students who are unable or choose not to take part in the Research
Participation Option for extra credit, an Article
Extra Credit Option and a Written Extra Credit
Option (also worth a
maximum of 18 points) is available.
- In addition, there may be opportunities
University functions or participate in other outside activities for extra
credit. Your professor will inform you in class which activities are
for extra credit and how extra credit may be earned for those activities.
Information on those Other Extra Credit Activities will
also be posted on this web site.
- The Research Participation Extra Credit, Article Review Extra Credit,
Written Extra Credit, and Other Extra Credit Activities options may be
combined to help you earn up to 18 total extra credit points.