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  • CTRL Lab
    202-885-3862
    rsg@american.edu
    Hurst Hall Room 202

    Mon - Thur: 9:30 am - 8:30 pm
    Fri: 9:30 am - 7 pm
    Sat: Noon - 7 pm
    Sun: Closed

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*** New for Fall 2014 ***


Online Request Form for Faculty and Staff Research Support

The CTRL Lab provides assistance using research software, including incorporating such software into classroom teaching. This includes using qualitative and quantitative research tools, working with geographic information systems (GIS), and designing and administering online surveys. We are not subject matter experts, but we can assist you directly on matters related to statistical software applications and the implementation of advanced analysis techniques. This includes implementing analyses on our high-performance computing cluster. We can also help train members of your lab, and can provide assistance reviewing manuscripts and grant applications for quantitative accuracy.


CLICK HERE to request support.


This system allows faculty and staff to apply for support that is more elaborate than what we would normally provide during a drop-in consultation. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and can be submitted using this form.


Frequently asked questions:

How much help can I ask for?
Am I eligible to apply?
Do I need to apply for support if I only have a quick question?
Can I apply if I am a graduate student?
Can someone help me adjust my syllabus and assist with the design of instructional materials and assignments?
I am working on a quantitative research project.
I am working on a qualitative research project.
I just want help entering data, can I apply for that?
Can I apply for support for multiple projects?
If I have a research assistant, am I still eligible to apply?
Is there an application deadline?
How can I apply for support?

 

How much help can I ask for?
What if I don't know how long it will take? Sometimes it can be hard to know exactly what assistance you need and how long it will take, but it is helpful for our planning if you can provide an estimate. Don't worry, if we are providing support, we are not going to stop just because some arbitrary number has passed. Depending on the nature of help you seek and how long it will take to complete, we may be able to provide all the help you request, or we may only be able to help with part of your request. These decisions are made on a case by case basis.  

Am I eligible to apply?
All AU faculty and staff are eligible to apply. Graduate students cannot apply directly at this time. However, faculty members are free to request assistance for a project taking place in their lab, and this would include projects for which a graduate student is the lead researcher.  

Do I need to apply for support if I only have a quick question?
No. This application is designed for faculty and staff who need more extensive assistance with research and teaching. For shorter periods of help, ranging from a quick question up to 2 hours, please give us a call at x3862, write to us at rsg@american.edu, or just stop by the CTRL lab during our regular hours. 

I am an AU graduate student. Can I apply for support?
No, not directly. If your project is sponsored or affiliated with an AU faculty member, they may apply for the support that you need. If you need help with a research projects not supported by an AU faculty, please email us at rsg@american.edu or stop by during our regular Lab hours and we would be happy to provide assistance.  

I am considering teaching a course that will use research software next semester (e.g., STATA, ArcGIS, NVivo, or Qualtrics). Can someone help me adjust my syllabus and assist with the design of instructional materials and assignments?
Yes! Our consultants and full time staff have extensive knowledge of various software applications and we have been actively involved in the design and delivery of workshops, in-class tutorials, sections of courses, and entire classes focused on research. We also have staff members at CTRL who are skilled at evaluating syllabi and lesson plans. 

I am working on a quantitative research project. What type of help can you provide?
Consultants can advise you on data management, selecting the appropriate software and statistical tests, implementing statistical analyses, understanding results, and various other software-related questions. The specific tasks that the consultant will perform are determined on a case by case basis. For specific inquiries, please call the CTRL Lab at x3862, or write to us at rsg@american.edu.  

I am working on a qualitative research project. What type of help can you provide?
Consultants can advise you on data coding and analysis. We are not subject matter experts, so we cannot tell you what you need to code for, but we can help you ensure that your coding scheme will allow for the types of analyses you plan on completing. We can also help you run analyses and visualize your results. The specific tasks that the consultant will perform are determined on a case by case basis. For specific inquiries, please call the CTRL Lab at x3862, or write to us at rsg@american.edu

I just want help entering data, can I apply for that?
Not at this time. The CTRL lab is here to support faculty in planning and implementing data analyses, including designing studies to facilitate future analyses. It is up to individual faculty to obtain any standard hourly assistance they might need to complete the necessary preparation for data analysis. If you need a research assistant, please talk with your department head or dean. 

Can I apply for support for multiple projects?
Is there any limit on the number of requests I can make? There is no such limit at this time, however depending on the demand for our services, we may only be able to assist you with one project at a time. 

If I have a research assistant, am I still eligible to apply?
Yes! If there are challenges your current assistant is struggling to overcome, we would be happy to help. We are also happy to train your assistant so that they will be better able to assist you in the future. 

Is there an application deadline?
Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Apply whenever you have the need.

How can I apply for support? Fill out this form.

Application Preview 

What is entailed in the application?
The application is brief;it is designed to take less than 15 minutes. Project and assistance descriptions should be made as concise as possible, three or four sentences should be enough. Applications will be reviewed in a timely manner. Success of the application relies on several variables, including whether or not CTRL's Research Support Group is equipped to assist you in your request and the availability of individual consultants and staff members.  

Example Research Support Request: 

Please provide a short description of your project:
The Charles Lab is conducting a study on public perceptions of the political climate in the United States leading up to the 2016 presidential election.This is an extensive, qualitative study which will include video/audio interviews, on-street polling surveys, electronic surveys, and analysis of social media feeds (like Twitter).

Please provide a short description of the type of assistance you desire:
Professor Charles and his two research assistants need help learning relevant software, such as Qualtrics and NVivo. Additionally, assistance is needed in properly setting up interview and survey questions to collect quantifiable information that can be more easily analyzed using standard methods.

Example Teaching Support Request:

Please provide a short description of your project:
I teach BIO-697 Research Methodology in Biology. This course covers the basic scientific skills necessary for experimental design, data analysis, literature critiques, and disseminating results. In the past, the only software we used in the course was STATA, but I am hoping to include a unit in which students gather and analyze geographic data. 

Please provide a short description of the type of assistance you desire:
I would like to adjust my course to include basic ArgGIS skills. This includes determining what level of knowledge should be required for this course and the preparation of course materials. I have only basic skills in ArcGIS, so this may require additional assistance improving my skills as well as assistance with lesson design. It would be nice if there was some sort of jump system for these questions, or and expand-contract feature. We modeled this after the FAQ section here.

CTRL Lab Info



Fall & Spring Hours:
Mon - Thur: 9:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fri: 9:30 am - 7 pm
Sat: Noon - 7 pm
Sun: Closed

Summer & Winter Break Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat - Sun: Closed

Location:
Hurst Hall, Room 202

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For help with CTRL supported activities, visit the lab during business hours, call 202-885-3862, email rsg@american.edu. For people who are traveling, we can arrange for support via Skype - contact us for more information.

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