Before beginning research, the student must be sure they obtain any necessary pre-research approvals. The student should discuss with their research advisor about any pre-research approvals that may apply.
All research being performed for the completion of a thesis or dissertation must have a committee. There are requirements that must be met for the committee members. The requirements for committee members are outlined in the document below.
Once a research committee is formed, the following checklist must be completed by the student's Graduate Program Director and submitted to the Graduate School Staff listed on the Home Page for ETDs. There is a 45-day limit to gather signatures once the approval form has been started.
Students whose research involves human subjects, animals, biohazards, or radiation must have their research proposals approved by the appropriate compliance committee BEFORE beginning their research. The following document provides more information about the steps necessary to follow this mandatory approval process. IRB and IACUC approval letters, if applicable, are required to be included in the work as the first appendix. The student's name must appear on the approved IRB protocol - if the student is continuing research started by another, then an Amendment Approval Letter (which would be the included in the document as the second appendix) must also be included that shows the current student's name.