Published: May 18, 2020

Several labs on campus offer opportunities for community members to participate in paid CU Boulder research. See if you qualify for any of the studies below.

Featured studies

Paid and volunteer research opportunities are also posted on the Buff Bulletin Board as they become available.

Online mock interview study

A team of researchers at CU and Purdue University are studying automated video interviews. Automated video interviews are increasingly being adopted by organizations and use computers to automatically screen job applicants. They seek to collect data to determine whether such technology can reliably, accurately and fairly assess job applicants.

They are recruiting undergraduates to participate in a mock video interview (approved Purdue University IRB protocol # IRB-2019-56; University of Colorado IRB protocol # 19-0562). The study consists of common selection tests (i.e., personality and cognitive ability tests) and an asynchronous mock interview. 

The study takes about 45 minutes to complete, on average. Full participation requires that you have a webcam (recording both video and audio) and laptop or desktop computer. By participating, you will gain experience on selection tests and automated interviews. For completing all components of the study, you will be compensated with a $10 Amazon gift card.

If you wish to participate, please follow the study link or copy and paste the address into your browser (we suggest you use Chrome or Firefox):

If you have any questions or concerns, feel welcome to contact Louis Hickman, PhD candidate, at

Study of collaboration

The Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Computing Lab at CU Boulder is looking for participants for a study of collaboration. 

You are eligible to participant in this research study if you:

  • Are a CU Boulder student at least 18 years of age
  • Speak English
  • Do not have significant and uncorrected vision impairments
  • Have not previously played Physics Playground or a similar game (e.g., Crayon Physics Deluxe, Magic Pen) for more than an hour

The study contains will take place online via Zoom and will last approximately 90 minutes. You will be compensated with a $25 Amazon gift card.

If you are interested in participating, please contact us at for more information.

Sign your child up to participate in research

The Child Research Participant Registry connects families and researchers, so that together they can advance understanding of human communication and methods to diagnose and treat children who have communication-related challenges. They invite families of children with or without communication challenges to join the registry.

To learn more, or to sign up your child, please visit this webpage. The research registry is affiliated with the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.

Study on female menstrual cycle

Andrew M. Novick and his team at CU are investigating ratings of digital images (pleasant, unpleasant, neutral and erotic) across the female menstrual cycle.

Study participation consists of two study sessions (done online) over the course of two months. These visits will consist of: questionnaires about your mood and some stressful life events, and rating of digital images (how pleasant/unpleasant and arousing/non-arousing you find these images).

Participation is not limited to members of CU. You may be eligible if you are:

  • Between 18-35 years old
  • Not taking hormonal birth control
  • Have regular periods
  • Not pregnant and not planning to become pregnant within the next two months

Participation in the study is voluntary. Eligible participants will receive compensation via e-gift cards for completing study activities.

If you are interested in learning more or to see if you qualify, please fill out this short eligibility survey.

Online learning study

The Emotive Computing Lab at CU Boulder are looking for participants for a study of eye movements and brain activity during learning.   

You are eligible to participant in this research study if you:

  • CU Boulder student, faculty or staff member
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Fluent in English
  • Have a computer with a stable internet connection available to complete the sessions, on which you are willing to install Zoom video conferencing software
  • Have normal or corrected-to-normal vision

The study has two parts lasting around 1.5 hours total. Both parts of this study will take place remotely, through an online survey link for you to do at home. Payment for the whole study is $25 as Amazon gift cards.

In part one, you will read a series of texts about science. During and after reading, you will answer some questions about the text. This session should take about an hour, and you will be paid $15. For the duration of this first session, you will be sharing your browser screen with the experimenter via Zoom video conferencing software, therefore we ask that you sign up to take part at a specific time. 

For the second session, you will answer more questions about the text and provide some demographic data. We will send you the link to this survey two days after completing the first session, and you will complete it at your own convenience. This session should take 30 minutes, and you will be paid an additional $10. Payment will be via an Amazon gift card. 

If you are interested in participating, please contact for more information.