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Seeking participants for a criminology research study

This email has been sent on behalf of a UW-led research team in collaboration with researchers from Pennsylvania State University.

My name is Dr. Owen Gallupe and I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. I am leading a study examining the effect of the sight of rewards on task performance and I am looking for undergraduate students to participate in a one time, 35 minute experiment. This study has implications for incentive programs to promote good behaviour in prison settings. All participants will be provided with a $20 gift card to local businesses for their participation in this research.

Participation will include a simple mental task followed by a short questionnaire.

You must be an undergraduate student at least 18 years of age to participate in this study. The experiment will be conducted in the Psychology, Anthropology, and Sociology (PAS) building, room 2061. Your identity will remain strictly confidential. All information you provide will be treated as anonymous.

If you are a student currently on a co-op semester off campus, please note that you will likely be unable to participate this semester given the majority of sessions occur between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm. Please consider this before responding to participate.

If you would like to participate, have additional questions, or would like additional information to assist you in reaching a decision about participation, please contact Pat Lalonde by email at You can also contact me at or 519-888-4567 ext. 33361.

If you choose to participate, Pat Lalonde ( will work with you to find a suitable time. Please exercise patience as the scheduling process can take some time to complete.

If you participated in our previous study in 2013/2014, or if you already signed up for and participated in this study during the Fall 2015 or Winter 2016 semesters, you cannot participate in this study.

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee. However, the final decision about participation is yours.

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to hearing from you.


Owen Gallupe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology & Legal Studies
University of Waterloo

Tel: 1-519-888-4567, ext. 33361


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