FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – (Aug. 31, 2017) – The University of Minnesota has a brand new building at the Minnesota State Fair. There is no food for sale here and no special attraction waiting to take your money. Instead you will find students who want a few minutes of your time.
“University of Minnesota researchers are conducting studies on the spot and also recruiting for studies to take place at the University,” said Logan Spector of the U of M.
Ten of thousands of fair-goers will participate in the a research study during the 12 day run of the fair. The studies cover a wide variety of topics.
“Well we have 37 different studies going on this year and they range from the business school, to the law school, to the med school of course, we really have all sorts of things,” Spector said.
The U of M has been conducting research at the fair for several years but this year they have moved to a much nicer and more visible location. Bringing research studies to the fairgrounds allows students to easily interact with the large crowds.
“The fair is the most attended fair in the nation, certainly per capita, you get a great cross section of Minnesotans and so we decided to bring the research to where the people are,” Spector said.
Research participants don’t leave empty handed. Giveaways range from backpacks to toys for kids and even cash for some lucky participants. You can learn more about the Driven to Discover research studies here.