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Learn to avoid ethical research pitfalls at March 8 seminar

Posted by sudrland on February 26, 2013

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources & Serials Librarian

Undergraduate and graduate students who anticipate being involved in research with human subjects are encouraged to attend a seminar at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8, titled: “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the IRB,” in the Jennings Room on the library’s second floor.

All researchers are required to obtain approval from the university’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) whenever human subjects are involved. This requirement helps to ensure research is conducted in an ethical way that protects the rights and welfare of vulnerable populations and complies with federal, state and university regulations.

During the March 8 seminar, Dr. Joan Blauwkamp (Political Science) and Dr. Richard Miller (Psychology) will be presenting on the steps to take before beginning a research project, to avoid common mistakes.  The presenters will also discuss what types of research do and do not require IRB approval, and how to submit an application when IRB approval is required.

There is no charge to attend this seminar.  Refreshments will be served.  Advance registration is appreciated but not required, by calling 308-865-8894 or emailing

This program is jointly sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Learning Commons, a partnership between Student Affairs and the Calvin T. Ryan Library.

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