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Project Title


Evaluating Young Adult Gender Disparities in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Education Campaigns

This study is being conducted by Nicholas Albaugh, an undergraduate student under the supervision of Dr. Dina Borzekowski, at the University of Maryland, College Park and by Robert Kaufman at The Ohio State University. The purpose of this study is to evaluate a variety of educational messages regarding Human Papillomavirus vaccine tailored towards college students. Because you fall in this population, we want to know your insights regarding knowledge and prior perceptions to Human Papillomavirus and the vaccine. We also want to know past vaccination health behaviors and the factors that have influenced it. Based on your gender, you will be shown a different advertisement and given follow up questions on how it effective the advertisement is and how likely it would influence the next steps to getting the HPV vaccination.


If you are part of this study, you will be asked to complete the following survey that is divided into multiple sections. This should take no longer than fifteen minutes. You will be asked questions about your vaccination history, sexual behaviors, and influences on vaccination decisions, prior Human Papillomavirus knowledge, and effectiveness of a Human Papillomavirus vaccination advertisement shown to you. There will also be background information section to collect demographics. A few examples of questions include “At what age did you receive the first HPV vaccination?” and “Click the parts on the advertisement that would encourage you to get vaccinated and the parts that would discourage you to get vaccinated” followed by a list of statements related to intentions after seeing the advertisement. At the end of the survey, there will be a hyperlink to a separate survey link to leave your email for the opportunity to be entered to win a $50 amazon gift card if you choose.

Potential Risks and Discomforts

There are very few risks with this study, but it is possible that you may feel uncomfortable by answering some of the questions. You do not have to answer any questions that make you feel uncomfortable.

Potential Benefits

There are no direct benefits from participation in this research; however, possible benefits include that you may enjoy taking part in this study and your responses can contribute to future Human Papillomavirus vaccination campaigns tailored towards college students.


Every effort will be made to ensure confidentiality during this study. No personal identifiers will be present on the survey materials. Each participant will be given an ID number. The ID number linked to identifiers will not be kept with the data. The linked identifiers will be kept on a separate password protected electronic excel file, and will be provided to the Primary Investigator. Six months following analyses of data, this file connecting the names and ID numbers will be deleted. Only the primary investigators and co-investigators have access to the data. Five years following the data analysis, the electronic files with the survey data, audio files, and transcribed interviews will be deleted.

If we write a report or article about this research project, your identity will be protected to the maximum extent possible.  Your information may be shared with representatives of the University of Maryland, College Park or governmental authorities if you or someone else is in danger or if we are required to do so by law.

Right to Withdraw and Questions

Your participation in this research is completely voluntary.  You may choose not to take part at all.  If you decide to participate in this research, you may stop participating at any time.  If you decide not to participate in this study or if you stop participating at any time, you will not be penalized or lose any benefits to which you otherwise qualify. If you are an employee or student at UMD, your grades, standing or employability at UMD will not be positively or negatively affected by your decision to participate in the study.


If you decide to stop taking part in the study, if you have questions, concerns, or complaints, or if you need to report an injury related to the research, please contact the faculty advisor:

Dina L.G. Borzekowski, Ed.D.

2364 SPH Building
College Park, Maryland  20742-2611


Participant Rights

If you have questions about your rights as a research participant or wish to report a research-related injury, please contact:


University of Maryland College Park

Institutional Review Board Office

1204 Marie Mount Hall

College Park, Maryland, 20742


Telephone: 301-405-0678


This research has been reviewed according to the University of Maryland, College Park IRB procedures for research involving human subjects.

Waiver of Consent

By checking the box below, you are saying that you are at least 18 years of age; you have read this waiver of consent or have had it read to you; your questions have been answered to your satisfaction and you voluntarily agree to participate in this research study. You can print this page to keep a copy of this consent waiver.


If you agree to participate, please check the box below to provide a signed waiver of informed consent to continue to the survey.