Institutional Review Board

This committee develops, implements and regularly reviews procedures, guidelines and instructions for researchers (faculty, staff, and students) to ensure that human subjects are protected according to federal requirements.

The IRB works with individuals and departments that conduct research on human subjects to ensure that they are in compliance with regulatory protections and only approves projects that appear to meet all requirements. The IRB prepares and retains all applications and other documentation needed to meet federal requirements regarding the use of human subjects in research. The IRB coordinates training for its members and researchers as required by law.


Institutional Review Board Membership

  • Chairperson: Dr. Melanie Osterhouse, Department of Science and Engineering,
  • IRB Liaison: Donna Staff, Planning, Institutional Effectiveness, and Research,
  • Bill Buffington, Community Representative
  • Dr. Rupa Chandrashekar, Department of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 
  • Kristen Craft, Community Representative
  • Dr. Eden Kan, Department of Health Sciences
  • James McCrary, Department of Science and Engineering 
  • Ed Moroney, Community Representative
  • Dr. Laura Polk, Department of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Erin Ebersole, Permanent and non-voting member of the IRB, Associate Vice President, Planning, Institutional Effectiveness, and Research,

Research Review Forms

The College of Southern Maryland's IRB committee will assist principal investigators with deciding which type of review to request. There are four categories of review:

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