STAR Volunteers

Why should I join STAR?

Joining STAR gives you the opportunity to:

  • Contribute to research on all kinds of topics.
  • Make research results more relevant to older adults.
  • Some studies offer compensation.
  • Participation in any research study and the STAR Registry is voluntary. You may decide to leave the study or registry at any time.
  • Registry information is confidential.

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What kinds of research studies ask for volunteers through STAR?

Studies include surveys, interviews or focus groups, and clinical trials. Here are some examples of past studies:

Grocery shopping study

Collect and return grocery receipts for one month to study the relationship between food labels and shopping

Uses and Gratifications of Facebook

Online survey about Facebook use and symptoms of depression

Hearing Aid Success

Eight-month comparison of hearing aids for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss

Bicycling Intervention, Cognitive Skills, and Cardiovascular Health

Four-month exercise training to explore the effects of biking on cognition, including learning and working memory

Married Couples’ Health and Health Service Use

Two-hour interview to understand how people respond to common survey questions about health and health services, and how patients and spouses might answer differently

How do I join STAR?

Complete STAR Registration Packet Online

OR if you prefer a paper registration packet, you may contact the STAR team by:

Email:, and include your name and mailing address

Call locally: (319) 335-7569

Frequently Asked Volunteer Questions

STAR Staff

Laura Temple, MS

STAR Coordinator

Phone: (319) 335-7569