Information for Student Researchers

  • Please read through to assure all items have been completed prior to submitting your IRB application.

At WSU the Principal Investigator for student projects is always the faculty advisor
BIS Students: Please speak with your BIS committee about who will be your faculty research advisor. You will submit your application to his/her College Subcommittee. 

     IRB Training.  When a student submits an IRB application for review, both the student and his/her advising professor must complete the NIH training course and attach copies of their CITI certificate of completion to the student's IRB application.  This computer-based tutorial provides information about the IRB as well as research ethics in general.  You can access this computer-based training course from the human subjects training page. 

     To Obtain Application Forms: First click on the "Application Form & Instructions" link on the purple bar.  Then click on "Investigator's Statement of Assurance & Signature Page" and "Download Application Form & Instructions." 

     Investigator's Statement of Assurance and the Signature Page: After obtaining the appropriate signatures for the Investigator's Statement of Assurance (faculty advisor and student) and the Signature Page (the former and the department chair), submit with the hard copy version of your application.   

     The Main Application has major headings (A-D) and several subheadings (numbered).  Each subheading is followed by a short description of what might or must be included in the application.  The student should fill out these pages by deleting the short descriptions of what might be included and filling in the information as pertains to his/her particular project.  Before submitting the application to the IRB, it must be approved and signed by the faculty advisor (who is also the Principal Investigator).  Please refer to the "Investigator's Statement of Assurance" section above.

     A Helpful Hint: You can review the application instructions by clicking on the "Printable Instructions and Application Checklist."  Use the checklist to ensure you have prepared a complete application package.

     Master Students.  All Masters of Education students do NOT need to submit the entire Masters Thesis.  Just fill out and submit the IRB application, along with supporting material, as described in the instructions.

     Local School Access: For anyone proposing research using subjects within a given school district, you need to secure approval/support from the district offices.  Attach a copy of the district's approval form/letter of support to the IRB application. NOTE: Some school district may have their own IRB process, you must have support of the school district before a full WSU IRB approval will be issued. 



Page Updated July 2014