IRB-Human Research Protection Program

If a Field Experience involves research (this includes focus groups, personal interviews, data analysis and more) with human subjects, then approval from the USF IRB-Human Research Protection Program may be needed.

The first step in determining if IRB approval is needed is to review the information posted at

Next, students should consult with their faculty advisor. Be prepared to have an in depth discussion about the particulars of the field experience. Ideally, this conversation should be held as soon as the field experience is secured.

If it is determined that IRB approval is needed, then follow the instructions in Step 4 on the aforementioned website. The student’s faculty advisor will serve as mentor and help navigate the IRB application and review process.

Once the student completes the electronic IRB application, the USF review board will issue a letter of approval, requesting more information or stating that the research is not human subjects research.  Once approved or released from IRB jurisdiction, the student should keep the letter and provide a copy to the FE manager, FE supervisor and faculty advisor.

Questions regarding the USF IRB-Human Research Protection Program and application/review processes should be directed to the faculty advisor.

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