Research is a vital mission of Washington University and Olin Business School. The Olin Business School facilitates behavioral research on business-related topics by providing access to substantial participant pools and maintaining a state-of-the-art experimental research lab for all faculty and student researchers.

Olin Participant Pools

The Olin Business School requires students taking introductory courses in Marketing (MKT 370), Organizational Behavior (OB 360), and Strategy (MGT 100) to participate in 3 hours of research over the course of the semester. Participating in research is a valuable way for students to receive first-hand experience with academic research, and their participation helps faculty and graduate students at Olin conduct research and continue generating knowledge that can ultimately be brought back into the classroom.

The Olin Behavioral Lab is also set up to manage research studies recruiting paid participants from campus and the St. Louis community. Participants can sign up for paid studies, when available, using the Olin Business School Research Participation website. Before beginning any experiment with paid subjects, please contact Sue Dunn to discuss how to obtain funds for paying human subjects fees.

Anyone interested in conducting research using either the student participant pool or the paid pool should contact the Olin Behavioral Lab’s Research Administrator for more information.

Research With Human Subjects

To protect the rights and welfare of all participants, all research involving human subjects must be approved by the Washington University Institutional Review Board (IRB) and follow the policies established by The Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) at Washington University.

Grant Administration

Olin Grant Administration for Olin tenured and tenure-track faculty is managed by Amanda Heitkoetter, Heather Sloan-Randick, and Joyce Montgomery. Amanda is the primary contact for pre-award activities (grant submissions, fund setup after award is received, progress and final reports), and Heather and Joyce are the contacts for post-award activities (expense processing/approval and compliance). Heather handles non-payroll expenses and Joyce handles payroll expenses.

Amanda Heitkoetter
(314) 935-3044
Campus Box 1094
Heather Sloan-Randick
(314) 935-5852
Campus Box 1063
Joyce Montgomery
(314) 935-6327
Campus Box 1156

Olin Behavioral Lab

The Olin Behavioral Lab, located in the lower level of Simon Hall, enhances the research productivity of Olin researchers by minimizing the operational costs—both time and money—of conducting research.

The Olin Behavioral Lab facilities include a computer lab with thirteen cubicles, seven small-group rooms, a large multipurpose / meeting room, kitchenette, laptops, wall-mounted cameras and microphones for recording behaviors, and state-of-the art software for analyzing facial expressions. For more information about the lab facilities, see the Olin Behavioral Lab page.

Anyone interested in using the Olin Behavioral Lab for teaching or research should contact the Research Administrator at