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?

While everyone has unique college experiences, this study is focused on female students in the University of Michigan class of 2022.

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 will span participants’ undergraduate careers. Students will be 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?

After completing the first survey in September 2018, all participants were compensated with a $5 Amazon gift card. For each following survey through Fall 2021, students will be randomly selected to receive Amazon gift cards. With each new survey, the chances of compensation increase—from 65% in Fall 2018 to 100% in Winter 2022. For the Winter 2020 survey, all respondents are compensated with a $5 or $10 Amazon gift card. Students who complete every survey will receive a $30 Amazon gift card. This means that a student who completes every survey is guaranteed $40 in compensation, but could receive up to $110 if they are randomly selected for compensation at each assessment.

Can I learn more about the study as it progresses?

The study team will circulate information about the study over the next four years. 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 ​​.