Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the purpose of this study?

The Social Experiences Across Time Study (SEATS) aims to investigate the social and sexual experiences of female undergraduates at the University of Michigan. Specifically, we are interested in how students navigate social life and related social situations, and how their engagement in college social life may change over time. By focusing on environments that many college students participate in, such as parties and bars, we hope to better understand the many perspectives on various social interactions.

Who can participate?

This study is focused on University of Michigan undergraduate women who entered college in Fall 2018.

Why the University of Michigan?

The main reason is because our research team is based here! UM is also the perfect place for a study on college social life. There’s a little something for everybody here, whether you want to go out seven nights a week or not at all.

Why should I participate?

Participants will greatly contribute to research about women’s social and sexual experiences, which could benefit college women in the future. We appreciate each response received; everyone’s engagement is deeply valued.

How long will the survey take?

The SEAT Study spans four years of participants’ undergraduate careers. Participants are invited to respond to online surveys at the end of the Fall (10 minute survey) and Winter semesters (20 minute survey).

Will I be compensated?

Yes, there is a random chance for compensation with each survey, with chances increasing until the end of the study. Participants who complete all nine surveys will receive bonus compensation.

Can I learn more about the study as it progresses?

The study team occasionally circulates information about the study. As newsletters are shared, they can be found here.

What if I decide I don’t want to participate anymore?

If you no longer wish to participate in the study, you may email the Principal Investigator at

Who is on the study team?

You can learn more about our research team here!

If you have questions that aren’t answered here, please feel free to contact the Principal Investigator, Leanna Papp, at ​​.