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Guide for Student Researchers

The opportunity to conduct research with participants is exciting and we hope that this is the first of many experiences for you.  As a student researcher, we feel that your first submissions to the IRB are an important learning experience that will help you navigate the IRB process in the future as well as help you learn about how to conduct human subjects research.  Our staff and Board are willing to answer any questions you have and to provide guidance on how to construct and conduct your study.  As you are working on your protocol, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Submit a professional protocol
  • Find an appropriate faculty sponsor and on-site supervisor (where appropriate)
  • Give yourself plenty of time to submit
  • Develop a realistic research project
  • Carefully consider the risks to the participants

As part of the review process, you will have a member of the IRB-SBS staff who will pre-review your protocol.  Their job is to assess any problem areas in your study and help you to develop your protocol so that it is ready for the Board.  This doesn’t mean they will write the protocol for you, but if you are confused about what you need to include in your protocol, your pre-reviewer will be able to help you.  Feel free to contact our staff as you are writing your protocol as well.  Frustrating situations can often be solved when proactive communication occurs.

Section Topics

Submit a professional protocol
You need an appropriate advisor
Give yourself plenty of time to submit
Develop a realistic class project
Carefully consider the risks to the participants

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