Students wishing to initiate a human subjects research project will first complete the Application for Student Human Subjects Research Project, and submit it to the designated faculty in the department with oversight over the research. Completed applications will include signed statements of assurance from the student and from a faculty advisor, who is responsible for the supervision of the project and assuring that the research protocols are followed, as described in the approved Application, and that ethical standards are upheld.
Please contact the chair of your department for information about their department's review procedures.
Students carrying out research with human subjects will complete (no earlier than 24 months prior to the beginning of the project) a training module for the social/behavioral sciences from the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). Instructions for completion of this training can be found on the CITI Training page of the IRB website. The completion report provided at the end of the training must be submitted for review as part of the Application.
Any faculty member serving as a faculty advisor to students conducting human subjects research or reviewing applications for human subjects research must complete the CITI social/behavioral sciences training at least every 48 months.
Departments will review Applications to assure that the proposed research complies with ethical and disciplinary appropriate standards for human subjects research. If not they will work with the student and faculty advisor to modify the project to assure compliance. A mandatory component in the departmental review is to assure that disciplinary and culturally appropriate informed consent procedures are in place.