Paid Research Participant Opportunity for CSU Researcher Parents

Published on May 3, 2021 2:41 pm MT
Updated on May 3, 2021 2:53 pm MT

Are you a researcher in the CSU STEM community with children/dependents? OVPR and Provost’s Office recently awarded funds to promote continued research during the Covid-19 pandemic for parent scientists. Researchers who are parents must balance their own research with their new roles as at-home teaching assistants for children who are in remote schooling during the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

What does this study entail? As a CSU researcher parent, you will be provided funds, which can be put towards hiring an undergraduate Covid Learning Coach (CLC) to help support your children/dependents undergoing online schooling and/or continued summer education. The funds will be granted through the participation of a pre/post survey and interview. CLCs are CSU STEM undergraduates participating in a professional development series to develop their science teaching skills. These CLCs are available for you to hire to support children/dependents undergoing online or out-of-school education over the summer (CSU cannot hire them directly for this). We suggest a rate of $15/hr. Funds are provided to parent researchers through the participation of this study based on a sliding scale of participation. 

Time Commitment: 2 surveys (40 min total), 2 interviews (1 hour total)

Start Time: June 2021

**Compensation**: Compensation for participation in this study is based on your 2020 household taxable income and depends on your level of participation in this study. You will indicate your taxable income bracket on your application.

Income Bracket<$50,000<$75,000<$100,000>$100,000
Participating in one interview$250$150$100$50
Participating in one survey$250$150$100$50
Full study participation (2 interviews & 2 surveys)$1000$600$400$200

How to apply to be a research participant: Please fill out the research study application to become eligible to participate in this research study.

Required Qualifications:

  • CSU STEM Researcher (research scientist, adjunct professor, post-doc, graduate student, etc.) with child(ren)/dependent(s)
  • Research participants are expected to hire a CLC with the funds from this study

Preferred Skills, Experience, and Qualifications:

  • Participating in ongoing research at CSU
  • Interest in supporting STEM undergraduates 
**Please Note** Our original intention was to pay CLCs directly to work with researcher parents, but due to liability reasons, we are unable to pay undergraduates to enter the homes of CSU employees. This concern has been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To Apply: Fill out an online application here. Applications due May 15th, 2021.

If you have additional questions, please address them to a member of our team:,,, or 

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