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COM Students: Each student in each section of all lower division Communication courses (COM 101, 249, 252, 281, 287, 311, 312, 313, 314, and 315) will be required to participate in communication research or complete the alternative written assignment.
Each student in each COM course mentioned above must complete:
1 COM SONA research study = 1 research credit
Students must complete the research requirement for each course in which they are enrolled in a given semester up to two courses. If you are enrolled in 3 or more such COM courses, you will not be required to complete more than 2 studies/credits. Instead, the Department of Communication SONA pool administrator will provide you with “free credits” the student can use to apply to the additional classes. The COM SONA administrator will provide students with these credits by Friday, March 17th, 2017. Students are responsible for using these additional credits to apply to their classes beyond the first two. No additional communication with the instructor is needed, as the credit will appear just as another credit, but it must be applied to the course by the student. In the event that a student does not see the additional credits by Friday, March 17th, 2017, please email: COMSONAHelp [at] gmail.com for assistance.
Please note: COM SONA requirements are different from the SONA requirements/pools that may exist in other Colleges and units and must be completed separately and in addition to any other SONA requirements set forth by those other Colleges and units. COM SONA credits are only good for COM classes, CIS SONA credits are only good for CIS classes, PSY SONA credits are only good for PSY classes, and MKT SONA credits are only good for MKT classes (you get the idea)!
The Department of Communication is committed to involving undergraduate students in scholarly research so that they may understand the importance of generating new knowledge at the University of Kentucky as a major research institution.
Students enrolled in an eligible ‘COM’ class are required to complete 1 COM SONA research study for 1 research credit. (If you are enrolled in additional COM courses that have research requirements, you are responsible for participating in additional COM SONA research studies, up to a maximum of 2 studies/credits).
SONA participation counts for 5% of your final grade in the class. If you complete your participation obligations, you will earn the full 5%. Failure to either (a) participate in a research study or (b) complete the designated alternative assignment will result in 0 credit earned toward this assignment, worth 5% of your total grade. It is your responsibility to regularly check the SONA website to keep track of the completion of your research credit and the deadlines and dates of the research studies.
Note: Credit for participation is awarded by the researcher within a week of participation and all credit will have been awarded by Sunday, April 23rd, 2017. If you have a question as to whether you have met the study requirements, please contact the researcher.
Alternative Written Assignment
Students who are under 18 years old, are absent from a research study for which you signed up, or prefer to not participate in a research study, may sign up for an alternative assignment for SONA credit. This assignment includes reading a communication article and writing a two-page paper (plus title page, abstract, and reference page) referencing primary source literature in communication studies. Details of this alternative written assignment are posted on the SONA website.
One five-page written assignment will equal one research credit. (Note that APA style results in two pages of actual text.)
Students who choose to fulfill their research requirement by completing the alternative written assignment should sign up in SONA by the signup deadline of Friday, March 10th, 2017, but can continue to signup until Friday, April 21st, 2017. Students completing the alternate assignment must submit it through the “View Study Website” link found on the Alternative Assignment study page in SONA by 11:59 pm on Friday, April 21st, 2017. You must sign up for the alternative assignment in the SONA system before submitting your paper.
If a student in an eligible COM class does not fulfill one research requirement by participating in a research study or completing the alternative written assignment, then the student will not receive credit for this assignment, worth 5% of their final grade.
General note: Electronic correspondence from the University, including SONA, will be sent to your official University Email Address (UEA), as defined in the UK Account Manager. It is your responsibility to regularly check this account or forward this address to an account that you will check regularly. Log-in to the account manager (http://ukam.uky.edu) using LinkBlue to confirm your University Email Address and delivery location.
- Regularly check your University Email Address for official SONA communications. Log in to the UK account manager (http://ukam.uky.edu) using LinkBlue to confirm your University Email Address and delivery location.
- Sign up through the SONA system for a research study or for the alternate assignment by the signup deadline of Friday, March 10th, 2017. After this date, students may still sign up for research studies, but there is no guarantee that more studies will be available.
- Participate in the research studies for which you sign up. All studies will be closed after Friday, April 21st, 2017. Credit will be awarded within one week of participation and no later than Sunday, April 23rd, 2017.
- Assign earned credit to the appropriate class and section by logging into SONA. Click ‘My Schedule/Credits’ for an overview of studies and classes. You will have until Friday, April 28th, 2017 to assign credits to your classes.
Complaints or concerns
Complaints about research study credit assignment will be directed to the researchers. Students also may complain to their instructor, who will refer complaints to the Department Chair for mediation. Students with questions related to the SONA system can contact COMSONAHelp [at] gmail.com. Students can also contact the Office of Research Integrity if they feel a researcher did not award appropriate credit for a study or alternative assignment, or if they have concerns about the conduct of a given study or administration of an alternative assignment.
- You may sign up for studies between Friday, January 27th, 2017 and Friday, March 10th, 2017 (end of midterm). After this date, you may still sign up for any available research opportunities, but there is no guarantee that more studies will continue to be offered. (The alternative assignment will remain available until Friday, April 21st, 2017).
- You must complete all studies you signed up for by Friday, April 21st, 2017 (Friday before dead week), including the alternate assignment.
- All research credit must be assigned to your class(es)/section(s) in SONA by Friday, April 28th, 2017 (the last regular day of classes).
How to Signup
SONA will open to students on Friday, January 27th, 2017.
Follow the link at the top of this page to access the SONA login page, and log in with your LinkBlue information. This is the same as the login used for Canvas, UK Exchange email, and myUK..
This is the page you’ll use to sign up for studies, check how many research credits you’ve been awarded, and assign those credits to your classes. You have until Friday, March 10th, 2017 to sign up for studies or to sign up for the alternative written assignment.
SONA studies are added as they are approved, so you may notice that sometimes there are no available studies . If none of the studies have spots available, check back later to see if new studies have been added.
Please note: this is for COM classes only,
we cannot help you with CIS, Gatton, or Psychology SONA accounts!