October 29, 2012



Participants needed for apparel design research

By Erin Monfort

Researchers in apparel and textiles invite K-State female students to take part in an exciting apparel design opportunity through a series of focus groups and online social media interaction. Participants will actively participate in the design process by sharing their own experiences, thoughts and preferences regarding clothing. Additionally, participants will inform important design decisions regarding style, materials and construction. Participants will have the opportunity to observe and evaluate the newly developed apparel item.

The study is 10 weeks in duration. It will begin in mid-November with two weeks of online social media interaction and necessary participation throughout Thanksgiving break. The remaining eight weeks will include a total of three focus-group meetings, each lasting no longer than three hours.

While the study is entirely voluntary, compensation will be provided for each research activity, totaling up to $40, with the chance to receive a bonus prize valued at $70. To be eligible to participate in the research study, you must be:

  • Female
  • Between the ages of 18 and 25 years old
  • Enrolled at Kansas State University, fall 2012 and spring 2013
  • A member of Facebook.com

No prior experience or knowledge of apparel design is necessary.

If you are interested, please contact Erin Monfort-Nelson at emonfort@k-state.edu. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Kansas State University, IRB approval No. 6369.