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Political Science Research Pool

Thank you for your interest in joining the Political Science Research Pool. Your participation is critical to the production of high-quality research generated by the faculty and graduate students in the Department of Political Science.

Click here for details about the Political Science Research Pool, how it works, and the process of signing up so you can earn extra credit for one of the Political Science courses in which you currently are enrolled!

As a member of the Political Science Research Pool you will be eligible to earn up to 3 percentage points worth of extra-credit toward your final grade in your Political Science course this semester!


The process is easy. The surveys and experiments that appear on the research pool website take a specific amount of time to complete — usually between 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  • For every hour of research in which you participate, you will receive 1 percentage point worth of extra credit.
  • This is pro-rated, so if a study takes 30 minutes, it is worth .5 percentage points; if it is 2 hours you will earn 2 percentage points; and so on.
  • You will have to create separate accounts for each of your courses.

Some of you may have or are now participating in similar research pools, perhaps administered by the Departments of Psychology or Economics. Each department maintains our own research pools, so keep in mind that you will have to create a separate account for each of your courses.

Let’s get started.

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