College of Science

Ocean Science REU

Informed Consent for REU Study

You are invited to participate in a research study to describe the population of students interested in participating in undergraduate research experiences funded by the National Science Foundation. The collection of this data is important. Understanding how many students and what types of students are interested in participating in undergraduate research experiences has the potential to influence the design and scale of both efforts to recruit students and the programs that offer the opportunities themselves.

Who is conducting this research?

This is a research project being conducted by Mr.Michael Hubenthal, Senior Education Specialist at the IRIS Consortium & Adjunct Faculty at Binghamton University’s Graduate School of Education. Mr. Hubenthal is unaffiliated with the internship site that you are applying to, and is not involved with the acceptance or rejection of applications to the program.

What am I being asked to do?

By participating in the study, the following elements of your internship application will be shared with the primary investigator listed above. Your data will be combined with other applicants for analysis. None of this information will be used to contact you.

· Last 4 digits of your phone number

· Age

· Gender

· Race

· Ethnicity

· Academic standing/year

· Prior research experience

· Home zip code

· School zip code

· Academic institution attended

· Academic major and minor


What should I know about participation?Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary. Your decision whether or not to participate will not have any effect on the review of your application by the program you are applying to. Nor will it prejudice your future relations you may have with the IRIS Consortium and Binghamton University. If you decide to participate now, you are free to withdraw your consent and to discontinue participation at any time.

What are the benefits?

You will not receive any direct benefits from participating in this research study. However, you may indirectly benefit, if/when the findings of this investigation influence the scale and design of undergraduate research opportunities in the future.

What are the risks?

There are no foreseeable risks involved in participating in this study other than those encountered in day-to-day life.

Will my information be kept private?

The data being collected is not easily identifiable; care will be taken to secure this information. Data will be stored on password-protected computers that are secured in locked offices. While the results of the research study may be published or presented at conferences no individually identifying information will ever be included.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

If any aspect of the study or its relationship to the internship program you are applying to is unclear, please contact the Investigator: Michael Hubenthal at or (607) 777-4612. Alternatively, if at any time you havequestions concerning your rights as a research subject you may call Binghamton University's Human Subject's Research Review Committee at (607) 777-3818