Join a research study

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 90 from the Champaign-Urbana community for a neuroimaging study on healthy aging.
    All individuals will complete an MRI scan and physiological assessment (two hours) and cognitive assessment (two hours). Participants will receive $15 per hour and paid parking. 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 217-333-2773.

  • Educational Psychology Psycholinguistics Lab's MLGP_A study

    Participants will read sentences and answer questions while their eyes are being tracked. The study should take less than 90 minutes to complete.

    Details:

    • Must be a native speaker of English.
    • Must NOT have participated in the lab's MLGP_B study
    • You will receive two EdPsych research credits or a $10 cash payment for your participation.
    • Open to participants with normal or corrected-to-normal vision (glasses are preferred).

    Sign up for MLGP_A

  • The WISH and CALM studies

    A graphic of three obviously pregnant women. Their black-and-white figures are cut out and the background is teal.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.

Join I-HELP

Two researchers, one behind a computer, talk to a research subject on a treadmill.Beckman labs 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.