Join a research study

Contribute to science at Beckman

Many Beckman Institute researchers' work is related to humans and how they interact in the world. Volunteers are crucial for their studies. A variety of opportunities exists to make your mark on science at the Beckman Institute.

A bonus: You might have the chance to see our spaces, get to know our researchers and their work, or be compensated for your time.

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  • CU's Got Brains

    An MRI tech stands over a research subject in Beckman's Biomedical Imaging CenterBeckman's Biomedical Imaging Center is seeking healthy adults between the ages of 50 and 85 from the Champaign-Urbana community for a neuroimaging study on healthy aging.
    All individuals will complete an MRI scan (one hour) and cognitive assessment (two hours). Participants will receive $15 per hour. They must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or resident aliens with native English proficiency.

    For more information or to participate, contact the research team via email or at 217-244-0446.

  • Educational Psychology Psycholinguistics Lab's MLGP_B study

    Participants will read sentences and respond to questions while researchers track their eye movements.


    • Must be a native speaker of English.
    • You will receive one EdPsych research credit or $7 cash payment for your participation.
    • Open to participants with normal or corrected-to-normal vision (glasses are preferred).

    Sign up for MLGP_B

  • Educational Psychology Psycholinguistics Lab's WMSC study

    Participants will read sentences and respond to questions.


    • Must be a native speaker of English.
    • You will receive one EdPsych/LING research credit or $7 cash payment for your participation.
    • Please email to reschedule, or if you are having any problems with canceling or rescheduling your current booking.

    Sign up for WMSC

  • The WISH and CALM studies

    The PRISM Lab in the Department of Psychology is recruiting pregnant women for two research studies.

    The WISH study is learning about the way that babies learn to respond to stress and involves coming to our lab on campus six times over two years.

    The CALM study is learning about how different prenatal classes prepare women for parenting, and involves several lab visits and attendance at a childbirth preparation class series.

    Participants are paid for their time. If you are age 18+, comfortable speaking English, and less than 32 weeks pregnant, please fill out our online screening or call 217-300-5773. Find more information on our website.


Two researchers, one behind a computer, talk to a research subject on a treadmill.Labs within the Cognition, Lifespan Engagement, Aging, and Resilience Group are always looking for volunteers to participate in studies.
The Illinois Health and Engagement through the Lifespan Project, or I-HELP, is a group of people from the community who play an important role in science by working as research participants. Learn more about I-HELP. You can also email us, or call us at 217-300-3586.