The first stage in beginning your research project/thesis is to choose a specific topic and have it approved by your committee Chair and second committee member.
As you begin your research, an essential item to consider is whether or not your data collection methodology will require the use of human subjects, which also includes procedures such as interviews and surveys. Federal Law requires that any experiments or research involving human subjects be submitted to an Institutional Review Board (IRB).
The University's Institutional Review Board policy and procedures apply to any research activity which involves human subjects, whether it is:
The entire IRB policy and EWU's IRB procedures can be found on line, or at the Office of Grants and Research Development in 210 Showalter Hall. Careful review of the policy is necessary for any student prior to working with human subjects.
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