Research Laboratories

21st Century News Laboratory

The 21st Century News Laboratory, which opened in September of 2010, includes a 1,200 square foot production studio, complete with professional lighting and a large multi-display video wall.  Adjacent to the newsroom is a conference room and sound studio.

AHA! The Innovation CoLab

AHA!, which opened for students and faculty in March 2012, is primarily for students in public relations, advertising, public interest communications and telecommunication production.  The Suite allows these students to hone their skills in digital technology and develop campaigns and programs across multiple media platforms.

The Suite provides an area for students and faculty to explore emergent technologies and connectivity and provides a space for students from advertising and public relations to work more closely together.  It consists of an open “Collaborative Café” surrounded by four high-tech breakout suites where teams of students work collaboratively to develop their ideas.

Communications Research Lab

The lab is located in Weimer 2052 and designed to support the research needs of the faculty and graduate students in the College. Equipped with a projection screen, digital recording devices, IP phones, and 22 research stations, including both desktop and laptop computers, the research lab provides the tools for conducting both quantitative and qualitative research.

Lab reservations

To gain access to the lab, you must first complete a reservation request form.

Contact information

Online Registration/Reservation, Other Lab Usage/Maintenance Related Issues and Gator 1 Card Access Processing
Phone: (352) 273-1648

To register or reserve the laboratory, e-mail

For IT Related Issues: email

Hours of operation

The research lab hours are consistent with the operating hours of other computer labs in the college. Please note that the research lab is closed on Saturdays.

View lab schedule (in separate tab/window)

Day Open Hours
Monday 8 am – 1 am (Tuesday)*
Tuesday 8 am – 1 am (Wednesday)*
Wednesday 8 am – 1 am (Thursday)*
Thursday 8 am – 1 am (Friday)*
Friday 8 am – 10 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday 1 pm – 1 am (Monday)*

*Graduate students have priority over all others between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday.

Software information

The following software is available on the lab computers:

Qualtrics Research Suite

The College has purchased the web-based Quatrics Research Suite, a comprehensive web-based survey system that can be used to design and conduct surveys/polls online and off-line. With its extensive features, it can also be used for experimental designs and other research data collection methods.

Sign up for an Account

Both faculty and students can sign up to use the system by going to this website: (Please bookmark it for future use).

If it is the first time you are signing up for an account, click on “Please click here to create an account” and fill out the information requested. You will need a coupon code to sign up. Please contact the research division ( for the code.

Support and Help

Qualtrics provides phone and email support as well as 5-7 web training sessions per year. Qualtrics also offers a very extensive online tutorial system called “Qualtrics University.” You will find the link to it after you log in to your own account at the upper right hand corner of the screen.

Software manuals