Logo of Data 4 Action Project.

The Centre County COVID-19 Data 4 Action Research Project (Data 4 Action) is studying the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic in Centre County. Penn State students will be invited to participate in this research by clicking on an invitation link in their Penn State email or scanning a QR code.

After a short eligibility survey, students will schedule an appointment to visit the Clinical Research Center on campus and provide a small amount of blood (about 2 tablespoons), a saliva sample, and a hair sample. The samples will be tested for the presence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2. Antibodies detected in the samples indicate that the participant is likely to have been exposed to SARS-COV-2 in the past.

After completing testing and a 20-minute survey, students will be reimbursed $20. In addition, students will receive their antibody results within two weeks. Students will also have an opportunity to participate in additional testing during the Spring semester. All individual student data will be kept completely confidential.


A study to better understand a full range COVID-19 impacts on students' education, health, and campus life.

We are inviting students to participate through their PSU email. Please check your inbox for a Data4Action invitation. Emails are being sent in batches over the next few weeks.

Visit the Clinical Research Center (on-campus near Noll Lab) for testing dates on December 3, 10, and 17.

Students will be compensated $20 and will receive antibody results. Check your email for an invitation!

Data4Action Publications

Authors: Rachel Smith; Jessica G. Myrick; Robert P. Lennon; Molly A. Martin; Meg L. Small; Lauren J. Van Scoy; Data4Action Research Group

Authors: Robert P. Lennon, MD, JD; Meg L. Small, PhD; Rachel A. Smith, PhD; Lauren J. Van Scoy, MD; Jessica G. Myrick, PhD; Molly A. Martin, PhD; Data4 Action Research Group

Authors: Nita Bharti; Brian Lambert; Cara Exten; Christina Faust; Matt Ferrari; Anthony Robinson

Authors: Christina L Faust; Brian Lambert; Cale Kochenour; Anthony C. Robinson; Nita Bharti

Authors: Callum R.K. Arnold; Sreenidhi Srinivasan; Catherine M. Herzog; Abhinay Gontu; Nita Bharti; Meg Small; Connie J. Rogers; Margeaux M. Schade; Suresh V Kuchipudi; Vivek Kapur; Andrew Read; Matthew J. Ferrari