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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 thesis, 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.

April 25, noon: Summer Research Deadline for submitting your DRC application for review 
September 30, noon: Due date for submitting DRC application for review
October 15, noon: Deadline for submitting outstanding DRC application for review

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