Contact Us
Nona C. Smith
Director of Sponsored Research Tel: 610-526-5298

Billie Jo Ember
Grants Associate Tel: 610-526-7504

109 Taylor Hall
Bryn Mawr College
101 North Merion Ave
Bryn Mawr PA 19010-2899

Fax: 610-526-5165

Institutional Review Board (Human Subjects)

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.

Human Subject Research Training

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. 

  • Click here to set up an account and start the course. 
  • For more information about the course, see the NIH FAQ.
  • When you are finished, click View Certificate then take a screen shot of your certificate. (Help with taking screen shots on a Mac or on a PC.) This screen shot must be included with your IRB proposal; the screen shot and your proposal  should be sent directly to the IRB Chair as a pdf file. No paper IRB proposals will be accepted. If you are a departmental reviewer, your screen shot should be sent directly to Nona Smith in the Office of Sponsored Research.

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.

IRB Review Procedures

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 ( the appropriate forms at least two weeks in advance of a scheduled IRB meeting.