It is important that the Medical or Mental Health
Professional identifies themselves as one of the approved IRB
members listed on the form in the box labeled "Degree/Professional License"
where they sign. Remember that the type of activities the student
researcher is having participants take part in will determine
who should review the project. Physical activities should be reviewed
by a medical doctor, physician's assistant or registered nurse.
Psychological studies should be reviewed by a psychologist, psychiatrist,
licensed social worker, or a licensed clinical professional counselor.
In rural areas of the state where a medical professional is hard
to come by, please contact CSEF
SRC for assistance.
Neither the Adult Sponsor, parent(s), Qualified
Scientist, nor the Designated Supervisor who oversees a specific
project is permitted to serve on the IRB reviewing that project.
This eliminates any conflict of interest.
IRB approval is needed
BEFORE laboratory/data collection begins.
second part is a Human
Informed Consent Form. Students should feel free to either
use the form as it is provided by ISEF, or copy all of the following
information into a new document:
Purpose of the project: This is
where the Student Researcher should explain as simply as possible,
why they are doing the project.
If you participate, you will be asked to:
Include EVERYTHING you will be asking the subject to do in the
study. If you have different tasks for different sets of subjects,
then different consent forms must be used for each set of tasks.
Time required for participation:
Give a good estimate for how much time the subject should expect
to spend participating in your study.
Risks: Remember, there is no such
thing as NO RISK. If no risks are anticipated, then use the phrase
"NO KNOWN RISKS." Always keep in mind that there are
emotional as well as physical risks involved in some studies.
This is also where you would describe how you will minimize the
Benefits: Give any benefits to
the individual participant as well as the benefit to society in
general. If there are no benefits, it is perfectly all right to
state that there are no benefits for participating in the study
except to satisfy the curiosity of the student researcher.
How confidentiality will be maintained:
The best procedures are those where absolutely no identifying
information is collected along with the data. Another technique
is to have a numbered linked list where the data from the participants
is given a number and the number is separately identified by name.
This would allow the researcher to destroy the numbered list of
names as soon as the need for the link is done. It is also best
that the Adult Sponsor or Designated Supervisor be in charge of
keeping the data.
more about ISEF rules regarding Human
Subject research. IRB's may use this power
point presentation as a training guide on how to review student