The Institutional Review Board (IRB) the formally designated UMBC committee to approve, monitor, and review research involving humans is currently accepting applications from students to join. Students are considered full members of the board. Student members review research protocols, attend meetings, and vote on issues with the aim to protect the rights and welfare of the research subjects. The board typically meets 5 times during the academic year: October, December, February, April and June. Meetings are on Mondays from 10 am-12 pm.
This is a terrific opportunity to learn about ethical issues related to research. Also, being a member of the IRB looks good on a curriculum vitae or resume. Please contact Dr. Susan Sonnenschein, IRB Chair, (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than May 28, 2012 if you wish to apply. Your email should include a copy of your curriculum vitae or resume and a few sentences describing your research interests and experience. We are particularly interested in people who have had research experience with human participants.
Additional information about the IRB may be found at http://my.umbc.edu/groups/compliance/documents/165