Published: Nov. 9, 2022

From university research studies to part-time jobs, there are plenty of opportunities to make extra money on campus. See what's open.

Featured studies and jobs

Paid and volunteer research opportunities are also posted on the Buff Bulletin Board as they become available. Student Employment posts on- and off-campus and work-study jobs and a weekly email list for subsribers.

Students only

Research study on C++

The NSF AI Institute for Student-AI Teaming (iSAT) team is recruiting participants for a research study who are fluent English speakers, are over the age of 18, and who have taken at least an intro-level programming class (or equivalent experience) with C++.

Researchers are investigating how programmers of varying experience levels approach debugging C++ code. Their eventual goal is to create a collaborative robot that can support newer programmers as they learn debugging strategies. In the study, you will be completing a debugging task alongside a partner robot.

The study will last 30 minutes, and the pay is $15. You cannot earn course credit through this study.

Schedule an appointment online. The studies take place at the CU Engineering Center, Room ECST 322. To get directions to the lab, or for more information, please email kayleigh.bishop@colorado.edu

Study on stress, coping in college

The Research on Affective Disorders and Development (RADD) Lab is conducting research on mood, stress and coping for CU students. They are recruiting CU students ages 18–23.

The study includes a few different parts:

  • You will take a series of online or app-based surveys.
  • You will complete two in-person research visits, each including an interview about stress and health; a set of computer games; and an evaluation of physical functioning.

The study takes place over the course of three semesters, and you will be compensated for your participation (maximum of $356–$386 for completing all parts of the study).

If you want to learn more, contact the RADD Lab at raddlab@colorado.edu or 303-735-8306, or fill out the initial eligibility screening.

Study on debugging code

The NSF AI Institute for Student-AI Teaming (iSAT) team is recruiting participants for a research study who are fluent English speakers, are over the age of 18, and who are currently enrolled in CU Boulder’s CSCI 2270 course.

These studies take place at the Center for Innovation and Technology, Room 184G. In this type of study, researchers investigate how students use problem-solving skills in debugging code. Participants will work with a collaborative robot on a program debugging task.

During the study, researchers will use cameras and microphones to record the interactions you have with the robot and the tasks at hand. They will also use eye tracking to measure your gaze patterns during the experiment. Collecting this video and audio data is mandatory for this study. If you do not want to be recorded with video and microphone, you may decide not to participate in this study at any time.  

This study will last 30 minutes, and the pay is $12.50. You cannot earn course credit through this study. Schedule an appointment online. To get directions to the lab, or for more information, please email isat.lab@colorado.edu.

Part-time jobs

Learning Assistant Program hiring for spring

The spring 2023 learning assistant application period is open now! With positions in 41 courses across 15 different departments, this is a great opportunity for undergraduate students. LAs are paid a stipend to work 8–9 hours per week.

Learn more about the program and how to apply. The priority application period ends Nov. 18

Resident advisor openings

Apply to be a resident advisor in the 2023–24 academic year! You will have the opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills and make an impact on the residential community at CU. 

Learn more and apply. Closes Nov. 18.

Graduate and Professional Student Government positions

The Graduate and Professional Student Government is seeking to fill paid positions for the GPSG senator representing the College of Engineering and Applied Science ($60 biweekly during the academic year) and a finance board member ($650 per semester). Learn more and apply. Open until filled. 

CU student seeking caretakers

Sophomore journalism student Jake Levin is looking for personal aides. Levin, who has muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair 100% of the time, lives in Hallett Hall. He is looking to expand his team of caregivers to assist with bathroom use, showering, dressing, joining him for meals and retrieving things he might need. Pay is between $16–$18 per hour depending on the shift worked. Read the full listing and apply.


CU affiliates only

Study on collaborative problem-solving in STEM

The NSF AI Institute for Student-AI Teaming (iSAT) team is recruiting participants for a research study who are fluent English speakers, are over the age of 18, and who are students, staff or faculty at CU Boulder. 

These studies take place at the Center for Innovation and Technology, Room 184G. In this type of study we investigate collaborative problem solving in science, technology, engineering and mathematics domains. In the study you will be working with other participants on a series of group problem solving tasks.

During the study we’ll be using cameras and microphones to record the interactions you and your group have with one another and with the tasks at hand. We’ll also use eye tracking to measure your gaze patterns during the experiment. Collecting video and audio data of you and your group’s interactions is mandatory for this study. If you do not want to be recorded with video and microphone, you may decide not to participate in this study at any time.  

These studies last 2.5 hours each, and the pay is $25 per hour ($62.50 total). You cannot earn course credit through this study.

Schedule an appointment online. To get directions to our lab, or for more information, please email isat.lab@colorado.edu.


Studies for adults

Cardiovascular research studies

The Integrative Physiology of Aging Laboratory looking for volunteers for two research studies:

Health effects of new breathing exercise

The first study will examine the potential health effects of a new type of breathing exercise (a time efficient type of exercise) on blood pressure, vascular function and cognitive function.

Requirements:

  • Aged 50-plus years
  • Higher blood pressure (systolic BP 120-160 mmHg)
  • Willing to exercise up to 25 minutes per day, six days per week for a three-month period

Benefits:

  • Detailed blood panel (cholesterol, glucose, etc.)
  • Physician-monitored exercise stress test
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Bone mineral density test
  • Monetary compensation for time

If interested, call 303-492-2485 or email IMSTstudy@colorado.edu.

Health aging effects of nicotinamide riboside

The second study will examine the potential health aging effects of nicotinamide riboside supplementation on blood pressure and physiological function.

Requirements:

  • Ages 50–79 years
  • Higher than normal blood pressure
  • Willing to undergo a three-month period taking nicotinamide riboside or placebo pills

Benefits:

  • Blood pressure screening
  • Detailed blood panel (cholesterol, glucose, etc.)
  • Monetary compensation for time

If interested, call 303-492-2485 or email NRstudy@colorado.edu.

Locomotion learning study

The Neuromechanics Lab needs volunteers for a study on learning and effort in a walking task. They are interested in how the effort involved in a movement impacts how you learn in a new environment. The task involves walking on a treadmill with separate belts for each foot at walking speeds.

Qualifications:

  • English-speaking
  • 18–35 years old
  • Normal or corrected vision
  • No movement control or vestibular problems
  • No recent orthopedic surgeries or broken bones

The study will involve two visits (the first lasting 75 minutes and the second lasting 65 minutes) to our campus laboratory in the Engineering Center (1B21 ECSL) at 1111 Engineering Drive. It will include motion-capture of your walking gait. Subjects will be compensated with an Amazon gift card for $25.

If interested, please fill out a screening survey. Contact Rachel Marbaker at rachel.marbaker@colorado.edu or 719-373-1748 with any questions.

Study on sleep disruption, bone health

CU Anschutz researchers in the Department of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes are looking for healthy men and women to study the effects of sleep disruption on bone health. 

You may qualify for this study if you:

  • Are 20–40 years old 
  • Habitually sleep 7–9 hours per night  
  • Have not done night-shift work in the past year  
  • Do not currently smoke 
  • Are fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2

Involvement includes:

  • Measurements of bone mineral density
  • Completion of sleep questionnaires/assessments
  • Sleep with a simulated night-shift schedule or normal sleep schedule,
  • A general physical exam
  • Activity monitoring with a wrist monitor
  • Blood/urine collection
  • Arterial line placement
  • Two inpatient stays (four nights each)

The total study duration is up to six weeks of participation. You will receive up to $1,500 and a FitBit for your time. 

If interested, email spotlight@cuanschutz.edu for study details, or complete the prescreening survey.

Study on chronic back pain

The Pain Lab at CU Boulder, affiliated with the Institute of Cognitive Science, is seeking participants ages 21–70 for a research study with non-invasive wearable sensors.

You may be eligible if you have experienced back pain for the last three-plus months. Participants will be compensated up to $360.

If you're interested, fill out the screening form, and the lab will contact you regarding your eligibility. Email painlab@colorado.edu with any questions.

Spinal cord injury research

Have you had a spinal cord injury? If so, we need your help.

The Sensorimotor Recovery and Neuroplasticity Laboratory at CU Boulder and CU Anschutz is seeking persons with a spinal cord injury to participate in a research project to study how low-oxygen therapy may promote recovery of movement.

This study is looking to see how mild bouts of breathing low oxygen may improve leg strength and walking ability in persons with spinal cord injury. The purpose of this study is to gain better understanding of how this potential therapy may help people with spinal cord injury become more independent.

If the following two questions apply to you, we would like to hear from you.

  • Are you 18–75 years old? 
  • Did you sustain a spinal cord injury more than six months ago?

Data we collect will be used to determine if this therapy may increase voluntary movement in persons' spinal cord injury. 

The study takes up one to two hours per day, up to 10 days of experimental treatment and training, and up to two days for tests on the CU Boulder campus. Participants will be compensated $25 for each visit and in some cases for travel.

For more information, contact CU Boulder's Andrew Quesada Tan and/or CU Anschutz's Andrew C. Smith with the subject line "IH STUDY."

Study on sleep disruption, bone health

CU Anschutz researchers in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes are looking for healthy men and women to study the effects of sleep disruption on bone health. 

You may qualify for this study if you:

  • Are 20–40 years old 
  • Habitually sleep 7–9 hours per night  
  • Have not done night-shift work in the past year  
  • Do not currently smoke 
  • Are fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2

Involvement includes:

  • Measurements of bone mineral density
  • Completion of sleep questionnaires/assessments
  • Sleep with a simulated night-shift schedule or normal sleep schedule,
  • A general physical exam
  • Activity monitoring with a wrist monitor
  • Blood/urine collection
  • Arterial line placement
  • Two inpatient stays (four nights each)

The total study duration is up to six weeks of participation. You will receive up to $1,500 and a FitBit for your time. 

If interested, email spotlight@cuanschutz.edu for study details, or complete the prescreening survey.

Study on cannabis, memory

In this study, CUChange researchers want to understand how varying levels of cannabinoids (e.g., THC and CBD) impact things such as memory and cognition to better understand the effects of varying levels of cannabinoids.

Participants will be compensated $20 per hour (approximately $150 for 7.5 hours). You may be eligible to participate if you:

  • Are 21–30 years old
  • Have used cannabis for at least one year
  • Are right-handed

Contact cobra.custudy@gmail.com for more information.

Study on OCD

The Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory is looking for males and females with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), ages 18–35, with a typical bedtime of 1 a.m. or later to participate in a research study on campus. Compensation up to $750. Get study details and apply, or email sleep.study@colorado.edu with any questions.

Want to see what your brain looks like?

The Intermountain Neuorimaging Consortium (INC) is a brain imaging research facility in the Institute of Cognitive Science at CU Boulder. They use MRI scans to study how the brain works and how the brain changes across the lifespan. They currently have six to seven studies that are looking for participants from a range of ages across the Denver metro area. 

Learn More & Enroll

Study on nutrition, insulin, cannabis

The CUChange lab is conducting a study on acute cannabis users in the area. The goal is to better understand the effects of cannabis on inflammation and blood sugar regulation.

Participation in this study involves two in-person appointments over the course of one week. These appointments include blood collection through an intravenous catheter (IV), two oral glucose tests and a series of confidential surveys about health, diet and exercise.

Participants can earn up to $200 for completing the study.

Requirements:

  • 21–40 years old
  • Have used cannabis at least once
  • Have not used cannabis in the last three months
  • Are willing to use cannabis at one of the appointments

If you are interested, please complete the eligibility survey. For more information, please contact sonic.custudy@gmail.com.

Neuroscience language study

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab is recruiting native English speakers to participate in a research study examining brain activity during reading and cognitive tasks.

The study consists of one in-person session at our lab in CU Boulder’s CINC building (1777 Exposition Drive). The study will involve having your brain activity non-invasively recorded while you complete computer-based reading and cognitive tasks. It will take approximately two to three hours, and you will be paid $20 per hour for a total of $40–$60.

If you are interested in participating, please sign up on the SONA paid research participation website (Experiment ID 506). If you don’t already have one, you will need to create a login to enter the site. Creating this account is free and gives you access to more paid research opportunities in the future. For more information, please email vala8916@colorado.edu.

Study on movement, decision-making

The Neuromechanics Laboratory at CU Boulder is looking for volunteers to take part in a research study that investigates the roles of effort and reward on movement decision-making.

To take part you must:

  • Be English-speaking
  • Be between 18–35 years old
  • Be right-handed
  • Have no neurological or other problems that affect your movement control
  • Have no recent history of falls

Complete the pre-screen survey. Participants will receive an Amazon gift card as compensation. 

This study is expected to last one hour. All procedures take place in our campus laboratory (Engineering Center, ECSL 1B21). For more information, please contact colin.korbisch@colorado.edu.

Human-robot interaction research

The Human Interaction and Robotics Group and the Collaborative AI and Robotics Laboratory are looking for participants to complete a study involving working with a Sawyer robot to complete a collaborative task.

You must be 18 years or older. You will receive a $15 Amazon gift card for approximately an hour of participation. To get involved, complete the participant interest form.

Study on walking performance in older adults

Researchers in the Neurophysiology of Movement Lab are conducting a study to evaluate the influence of light electrical stimulation on walking and balance capabilities in healthy older adults.

Subject requirements:

  • 65–85 years of age
  • Free from neurological impairments
  • No recent lower body injuries
  • Ability to walk for six minutes unaided

The study consists of two visits to Main Campus on separate days (approximately 2.5 hours each). In each session, we will apply mild electrical stimulation using a TENS device and assess subjects' walking and balance capabilities.

Compensation is $60 for the two visits. If interested, please contact Mohammed Alenazy for more information: moal4255@colorado.edu, 720-231-9767.

Study on aging and the microbiome

The Integrative Physiology of Aging Lab is seeking volunteers to participate in a clinical research study. They are looking for healthy women and men, ages 18–29 and 60–79 years, who are willing to participate in blood pressure and vascular function testing and provide fecal samples. 

Benefits for volunteers include: blood chemistry panel, blood pressure and artery health assessment, and compensation for time. 

For more information, please email ipalabmicrobiome@gmail.com or call 303-735-4936.

Study investigating improvements in manual dexterity

The Neurophysiology of Human Movement Lab is looking for healthy adults ages 60–89 years to participate in a research study investigating the effects of manual dexterity training on the health of the neuromuscular system. 

The study involves nine separate visits to the lab (one visit: 30 minutes, two visits: two hours each, six visits: one hour each) over three weeks total on Main Campus, for which subjects will be paid $120.  

If interested, please call 402-310-7298 or email taylor.tvrdy@colorado.edu and reference the manual dexterity study.

Study on countermeasures for sleep inertia 

The Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory is looking for healthy men and women, ages 18–45, to participate in an overnight study on campus. The study will examine the effects of cold and warm water hand immersion upon cognition after awakening from sleep.

This study will last eight days and is comprised of a weeklong at-home portion where you will maintain a consistent eight-hour sleep schedule, followed by a single overnight stay in the lab, lasting approximately 13 hours. Compensation up to $150. Take the pre-screening survey, or email sleep.study@colorado.edu with any questions.


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.

Studies for the family

Light at night: Adolescent study

The Sleep and Development Laboratory is looking for participants for a research study to learn about how light exposure in the evening affects pupil size in adolescents. Researchers need children ages 15.0–16.9 years who are healthy and have no sleep problems for a six-day study, requiring one short visit to the lab (approximately two hours).

Families will be compensated for participating. For more information, contact sleepdev@colorado.edu.

Light at night: Preschool study

The Sleep and Development Laboratory is looking for participants for a research study to learn about how light exposure in the evening affects sleep and circadian rhythms in children.

They need children ages 3.0 to 4.9 years who are healthy and have no sleep problems for an in-home study. This study takes place over four to five weeks, consisting of two identical 10-day protocols separated by one to two weeks.

Families will be compensated for participating. For more information, contact sleepdev@colorado.edu.