Learning how to conduct ethical research is an important part of a student’s educational experience. If you are a student conducting human subjects research, you must submit an application to the IRB, and receive approval, prior to recruiting subjects and collecting data.
Before you prepare an application, please review the FAQ to see if your project qualifies as “human subjects research” or call our office at (775) 327-2368. Our staff assists researchers in protocol development, which will ensure that an application moves more quickly from IRB review to approval.
Independent study projects, senior theses, honors theses, undergraduate research projects, masters, doctoral, and advanced degree research, and similar exercises that meet the federal definitions of research and human subject must be independently submitted to the IRB by the student-investigator. (Review the FAQ for the definitions of research and human subjects.)
Students may only serve as the Principal Investigator on exempt research. In all other cases, students must have a faculty sponsor, who fulfills the principal investigator eligibility criteria, and who will serve as Principal Investigator and faculty advisor on the study.
Research activities that are designed as part of a course requirement and involve human subjects MAY not require IRB review and approval if all of the following conditions are true: