The Bryn Mawr College Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with reviewing human subject research. Bryn Mawr College is committed to safeguarding the welfare, rights, and privacy of all persons who participate as subjects in research projects conducted under its auspices, and to ensuring that the subjects of such research are aware of their rights and the protections available to them. Moreover, the College is required to assure the federal government that such safeguards are being provided and enforced.
All researchers (i.e., faculty, staff, and students) whose work involves human subjects must complete human subjects research training and receive certification prior to submitting proposals for IRB review. Departmental reviewers must also complete this training.
The NIH's short Protecting Human Research Participants online course satisfies this training requirement and is free to researchers. It should take no more than 1.5-2 hours to complete.
If you have already completed this or another human subjects research training, you can upload your certificate to satisfy the requirement -- click here for info on how to access previously earned NIH certificate.
All research involving human subjects conducted at Bryn Mawr or by Bryn Mawr personnel must be reviewed and approved by the IRB. See here for policies and procedures.
Please note that federal regulations require full board review of all proposed research involving greater than minimal risk to human subjects (e.g., initial, amendments, continuing reviews). In these cases, the investigator should email the IRB chair (firstname.lastname@example.org) the appropriate forms at least two weeks in advance of a scheduled IRB meeting.
Meetings for Spring 2015 are as follows at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research on:
Fall 2015 meeting dates will be posted on this page as soon as they are scheduled in late Spring 2015.