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Human Subjects Approval

Any honors candidate whose research directly involves working with human subjects must receive approval for the project from Cornell’s Institutional Review Board for Human Participants.

If you’re not sure whether your research involves “human subjects,” a good place to start is the Decision Tree. You should also consult the Cornell IRB’s regulations and FAQs.

Students should discuss the need for IRB approval with their thesis advisors, and be sure to allocate time for preparing and submitting an IRB application, if necessary. While many student research projects qualify for expedited review, a full review (if required) can take several months.