Join our paid subject pool and earn cash!

The Carlson School of Management Subject Pool operates using the Sona System online Experiment Management System. This provides an easy method for researchers to post research studies and for people to sign up to participate.  Studies posted on this pool provide subjects with compensation for their participation in a study. This usually amounts to approximately $5 per half hour, but can vary based on each researcher’s resources.  The Behavioral Labs Manager oversees this pool and participates in campus events each semester to recruit subjects.

To be eligible to join our subject pool, you must be 18+ years of age.  Although the pool primarily consists of current UMN students, alumni, staff and faculty, anyone may sign up and participate.  If you're interested in viewing and possibly signing up for research studies, click on the link below. Follow the link to "Continue to Sona Website" and click on "Request Account".  Fill in the necessary information and click "Request Account" at the bottom of the page when finished.

After your request is approved, you will receive emails with your user ID and password. You will then be able to log in to the system to view the posted studies and receive notices of research opportunities.

or request an account



If your research includes subject pool use, you must email your IRB approval letter, submission and any updates to the Behavioral Labs Manager prior to posting your study in Sona or reserving the labs. More information on the IRB can also be found under the Researchers/IRB Information tab.

If you will be using the paid subject pool for your research, you will need training on the Sona Subject Management System. Please contact the Behavioral Labs Manager or the Labs Assistant at to set up a training.

For full instructions on how to post a study on the Sona website, please click on the Researchers/Post your Study tab.  Always contact the Behavioral Labs Manager before posting or adding time slots to your study in the subject pool.  Please also contact the labs manager if you are reactivating a study or adding time slots to an existing study.  Your cooperation is appreciated as there may be questions to address.