Student Research

Determine if Review is Needed

Class Assignments

As long as your course instructor has reviewed your proposal, most class assignments are not considered research, and do not need IRB review. Check with your instructor if you are unsure.

Master's Theses and Dissertations

If the thesis or dissertation involves human subjects or secondary (archival) data, the project must be reviewed by the IRB before data collection can begin.

Faculty-Led Research Projects

For faculty-led projects, the faculty researcher should have already obtained IRB approval. If your portion of the research will be used for your dissertation or master's thesis, a separate approval will be necessary.

Secure a Faculty Sponsor

For your dissertation, your faculty sponsor will be your Chair. A faculty sponsor will also be required if you are conducting a master's thesis. Faculty sponsors work with you to ensure that proper ethical standards are applied and that informed consent is used when appropriate.

Avoid Pitfalls

Many times, simple modifications to your study design can prevent delays in the application process. Read through the Avoiding Pitfalls page for assistance with preparing a complete application.

Complete & Submit the IRB Application

Complete the IRB application in its entirety, paying careful attention to all listed instructions:

Submit your application along with the necessary supporting documents to the IRB:

Please note: Application review is on a first-come, first-served basis. Feel free to follow-up with the IRB after two weeks to check the status of your application.