Student Researchers

Frequently asked Questions

  1. I’m a PVAMU student interested in conducting my own research project do I need IRB approval before I can begin?
  2. Can I be listed as the Lead Researcher on the IRB Application?
  3. Should I submit a new IRB application, or be added to my Faculty Advisor’s protocol?
  4. Is IRB review necessary if my study involves anonymous surveys or interviews?
  5. How do I apply for IRB review?
  6. How long does it take to obtain IRB Approval/Registration?
  7. How will I be notified when my IRB application is approved?
  8. How long is my approval good for?

I’m a PVAMU student interested in conducting my own research project do I need IRB approval before I can begin?

Yes. Students conducting human subjects’ research require IRB approval or registration before they can initiate their project. Please consult with the Office of Research Compliance staff if you are unsure whether your project constitutes human subjects research.

Can I be listed as the Lead Researcher on the IRB Application?

Yes. PVAMU doctoral students can be Lead Researchers/Investigators on human subjects’ protocols with Faculty Advisors identified on the protocol. Faculty Sponsorship is required for all research applications from outside investigators that desire access to the university student population.

Should I submit a new IRB application, or be added to my Faculty Advisor’s protocol?

When a student’s research project consists of the collection and/or analysis of data that is part of the scope of an existing faculty member’s IRB approved research, the student can be added to the Faculty member’s protocol, rather than submitting as Lead Researcher on a new IRB Application.

Is IRB review necessary if my study involves anonymous surveys or interviews?

Yes. An application is required if you plan to conduct anonymous survey or interview research.

How do I apply for IRB review?

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How long does it take to obtain IRB Approval/Registration?

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How will I be notified when my IRB application is approved?

An official IRB approval letter will be sent by e-mail to the Principal Investigator when all requirements are met, according to the IRB deliberations. If you are listed on a full Committee protocol, deliberations from the IRB meeting are sent within a week of the IRB meeting via e-mail.

How long is my approval good for?

Most full Committee protocols are approved for one year from the date of approval (the IRB may grant a shorter approval period). Continuation of an approved protocol requires submission of the Continuing Protocol Application. A research protocol is registered for three years and requires a yearly update. Continuation of a protocol beyond three years requires submission of a new IRB Application.

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