Undergraduate Research and IRB Approval
For undergraduate student research (including honors theses), IRB approval is generally required if:
1) human subjects are involved, either directly or through use of identifiable data about them, AND
2) the study contributes to generalizable knowledge, which means that the results are presented in a forum in which professionals in the field will have access to and potentially use the information.
Internal presentations (including the undergraduate research conference), or internal publications (including archiving a thesis on scholarworks), that are not intended to contribute to generalizable knowledge but to demonstrate the skill and ability of the students research, do not require IRB review.
NOTE: For research involving prisoners, children or other vulnerable populations, please check in with the Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) at 545-3428 or firstname.lastname@example.org prior to beginning the research.