Here are a collection of questions frequently asked by RAs. If, after reading this page as well as the pages on Lab Policies and our SONA System, you still have questions or concerns, please contact the lab coordinator.
In order to get a Research account on SONA (something that all RAs must do) send an e-mail to the lab coordinator with the following information:
- First and last name (no nicknames please)
- A contact e-mail (.edu or otherwise)
- Your UNI
- The name of the grad student and faculty member you will be working under
This information will be used in creating your SONA account. Once your account is created, you will receive a confirmation email either from the lab coordinator or from SONA.
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The Behavioral Research lab computers require users to log in with an approved username and password. If you are a member of the Columbia Business school community, the computer log in information will be the same as your CBS log in information. However, if you are not in the business school, you have two options:
- Ask your supervising graduate student or faculty member for their log in information
- Use the lab's “general RA” log in, which is a shared account.
The basement lab is open from 10am-6pm. If you would like to run in the lab after hours you may, but be aware of the following:
- Reservations must still be made for any lab rooms to be used. If, for example, you would like to run from 3-7pm you would submit a reservation request for 3-7pm; it would not be appropriate to submit a reservation request for 3-6pm and then stay an extra hour.
- For after hours (or early hours) access to the basement there are key copies available. To ensure that copies are available for you, please include a request for which keys you would like as part of your room reservation request. After the request is confirmed the key copies will be stored in the key lockbox in the hallway; researchers will be provided with the code to the lockbox when necessary. After finishing up for the day all key copies must be returned to the lockbox. Do not leave for the day without replacing the keys in the lockbox. Reseachers will be held accountable for any missing keys. Please also note that the code will change periodically without notice and keys will not be kept in the box unless requested.
- Room 304 may be accessed at any time (not just 10a-6pm), dependent on reservations. Room 304 is open with a door code and therefore researchers running before-, after-, or weekend-hours will not need to check out a key for access.
- When closing the lab it is the researchers' responsibility to ensure that the rooms' doors are locked and all lights are shut off in the lab. Researchers running after hours should also confirm that the main entrance door closes securely at the end of the night.
- Petty cash cannot be used for early- or after-hours sessions. Participant payments during these times must be provided out-of-pocket either by the faculty member (strongly suggested) or researcher running the study, who can then request reimbursement from the University at a later date. Here is a template email message for requesting reimbursement. Please use this as an example and modify it to accurately represent your reimbursement needs. Please note that petty cash cannot be used for such reimbursement, and this process must properly go through the University.
Unlike the basement rooms, room 304 Uris may be opened at any time by someone who has the access code. If you are running studies in 304 and would like the door code, simply e-mail the lab coordinator with your and your sponsor's names. By requesting the code you are automatically agreeing to not give it out to anyone else.
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