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. Please note that some research projects, including requests for institutional data, need to be reviewed by CSM’s Planning, Institutional Effectiveness, and Research Department (PIR) after you have obtained IRB approval. This is a separate process from submitting a proposal to the IRB, and IRB approval does not indicate PIR request approval.


Institutional Review Board Membership

  • Chairperson: Dr. Melanie Osterhouse, primary member, natural science,
  • IRB Liaison: Donna Staff, primary member, non-scientist,
  • Kristen Craft, primary member, natural science, community representative
  • Dr. Eden Kan, primary member, health science
  • Tamika Chance, alternate member, community representative
  • Edith Carron, alternate member, natural science
  • Bill Buffington, alternate member, non-scientist, community representative
  • Dr. Christopher Gransberry, alternate member, health science

  • Charlotte Harris, alternate member, community representative

  • 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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