Alumni Research Experience Program

To Register and Participate

When the program is active, you may register by clicking on REGISTER NOW. Returning participants, please click and then login to your previous account. Please read the information below before registering. There is also an FAQ menu on the AREP site with answers to frequently asked questions.

What is AREP?

The Alumni Research Experience Program (AREP) is a unique and fun opportunity for Stanford alumni to volunteer as human subjects for non-medical, social science research. Alumni participants contribute to scholars' research on important questions of political science, economics, sociology, communication, and psychology. Participation is confidential and regulated by Stanford's Institutional Review Board. This program is brought to you by IRiSS in collaboration with the Stanford Alumni Association.

Who can be part of AREP?

All Stanford alumni are welcome to participate in online studies. Spouses are welcome, too. You must be at least 18 years old.

What are the studies like?

Studies may be surveys, or interactive websites (including puzzles, games, studies containing videos, or smart phone apps). The first survey you take is a prescreen survey with demographic questions from all the research projects. You can best help Stanford students by taking at least one additional study.  Online experiments run from February to May, and require less than 30 minutes per study. (Occasionally studies may request a longer time commitment—if so this will be posted in the study description.) Studies may be done remotely, i.e., wherever you have a computer with Internet access. 

Participating in Studies

When you log in for the first time each year, you will need to take a brief prescreen survey. This provides the researchers with relevant demographic data. You may participate in studies after completing the initial prescreen survey. From the AREP system, click on "View studies." You will see the title(s) of any studies available for your participation. Click on the title for a description of the study. At the bottom of the description page, click on "View timeslots for this study." Choose a timeslot to sign up for the study. After signing up, you will receive a link or further instructions from the researcher.


For general questions about the AREP program and getting started, please see our AREP Frequently Asked Questions.

For more specific questions about using the AREP software, please see our AREP Guide.


For more information, please contact program director alumnirep [at] (Carolyn Ybarra).

Research Results

Preliminary findings from past projects are available on the AREP Projects page.