The College of Business Research Participation System is designed to enhance students’ understanding of, and appreciation for, the nature and methods of empirical research as conducted within the College of Business disciplines.
Various courses across the College of Business disciplines require participation in the College of Business Research Participation System. Courses that have a research requirement will indicate as such on their course syllabus. Additional classes may allow participation for extra credit, depending on the instructor.
Students in SONA designated courses are required to complete 2 credits of research participant studies per course in the College of Business Research Participation System.
When you sign-up for a study, you should write down the date, time, and place of the study. Students are responsible for canceling participation if they cannot attend a study before the study actually begins (often 24 hours’ notice). If you have to cancel, click My Schedule/Credits at the top of the screen. A list of your studies will appear and you then have the option of canceling. Please note that each study has its own specific cancellation policy and requirements. Please cancel as soon as you know that you will not be able to make the appointment so that other students could fill the open slot.
If a student fails to cancel three or more studies in a given semester, that student will lose the privilege of participating in the participant system and will need to earn his or her credits through alternative methods.
The final day for participation is the Wednesday prior to the beginning of online exams for the regular semester. Note that there is no guarantee that studies will actually be offered this late in the semester. It is in the students’ best interest to check the participant system website every week.
After participating, the researcher of the study will award you credit through the participant pool. You can log into your account to see that you have been awarded credit. Credits are not necessarily granted automatically, even for online studies. If credit is not awarded within five working days, you can email the listed Researcher.
If there is only one experiment being offered for a couple of weeks, can I just sign
up for that one experiment more than once?
Unless directly stated otherwise, you cannot participate in the same study more than once. Also, you cannot receive credit for the same study in more than one class.
For each two-page research paper that you write, you will receive 1 credit. For example, if you are required to complete 2 credits and have completed one credit of research studies but cannot participate in any further research, you would need to read and write one two-page report to fulfill your 2 credits of research requirements. If you opt to not do any of the research studies, you must write two 2-page reports. You should expect to spend at least one hour reading and writing your report, but in many cases and depending on the student it may take longer. The last day to submit a reading assignment will be the last day of classes.
After submitting your report to your professor, he/she will record your credit earned; however, if you would like the credit to be posted to your SONA-system account, please have your professor send a brief confirmation that the alternative assignment has been met via email to the SONA Administrator at BUSResearchPool@uhcl.edu.
The first time a student is discovered actively sharing information about studies he or she has participated in, that student will receive a warning. The second time this occurs, the student will lose the privilege of participating in the participant pool and will need to earn his or her credits through alternative methods.