Psychology Research Experience Pool (PREP): Information for Researchers


Dates: Intersession/Spring/Summer 2024 Semesters

Deadline to request hours for Intersession/Spring/Summer 2024 semesters: May 3, 2024.

Participants may be tested for credit as follows:

Intersession -  from May 6th to June 14th

Spring – from May 6th to August 2nd

Summer – from June 24th to August 3rd

Testing Participants in PREP

Researchers who would like to test participants in PREP have five simple steps to complete. All relevant forms can be found here.

1.  Obtain approval from ICEHR to test PREP participants in your experiment(s). This application or amendment should include:

2.  Request an account for the Sona website. This should be done by faculty members and any researchers in their labs who will be testing PREP participants, including graduate and undergraduate students and research assistants. Note that faculty members are responsible for all researchers in their labs. To do this:

3. Request a new study in PREP. This should be done for any ICEHR approved studies you wish to post in PREP.

  • Send an email titled “PREP New Study Request” that includes the 4 documents below to
  • A completed PREP New Study Request, Study Consent Form, Feedback Sheet, and ICEHR approval letter

4.  Request PREP Hours for the upcoming semester by the current deadline. Only faculty members in the Psychology Department may request PREP hours, and hours will only be allocated to faculty members.  It is the responsibility of each faculty member to request enough hours for everyone (students, RAs, etc.) in his/her lab. Please note that you may not receive the number of hours requested, depending on the number of students and researchers involved in PREP in a given semester.

5.  Create your study in Sona, following the instructions provided in the Sona Documentation. Use the link in the system to request visibility.

Please note that hours must be requested prior to the start of the semester (see current deadline above), but new study requests and new account requests can be submitted at any time.

Studies for Pay

Researchers who would like to post their pay studies in the Sona website must first have an account to access Sona (see above). Principal Investigators do not need to request hours for pay studies and participants may be tested at any time. To post your pay study, please forward your ICEHR or HREB approval letter to Then simply create the study in Sona and use the link in the system to request visibility.