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Human Subjects Research

When Research Involves Human Subjects:
If you are doing research with living humans for the summer and/or for your senior research project, you must have that research approved by either the Departmental Research Committee (DRC) or the Institutional Research Board (IRB). Consult with your advisor as to which is more appropriate.

May 4, 2022, noon: Last day to submit initial DRC application for Summer Research for review, You must submit your CITI completion certificate with your application
May 26, 2022, noon: Last day to submit revised DRC application for Summer Research approval
September 12, 2022, noon: Last day to submit DRC application for review. You must submit your CITI completion certificate with your application
October 17, 2022, noon: Last day to submit revised DRC application for approval

Swarthmore Colleges Office of Institutional Research provides important information and guidelines for best research practices. Please refer to the website at the Office of Institutional Research.

Below are links to the IRB's guidelines and application and the DRC's guidelines and application.

Crucial Advice for Filling Out Application
Departmental human subjects review application
College human subjects review application
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
Example - Successful DRC Proposal