Scientific Review Committee

Scientific Review Committee

Welcome!  Have you completed the IRB application using the new iRIS system?  When finished, download the PDF and sent it to Sarah Clark at  mse_src@byu.edu so that it can be reviewed by the Scientific Review Committee (SRC).  At this stage, two members of the committee will review the IRB application for scientific merit.  Our goal is to have this review completed within five working days.  Once the study has been approved, Sarah Clark will send a signed SRC checklist (signed by the two reviewers and SRC chair) to the Principal Investigator.  This checklist should then be uploaded with the other attachments to the IRB application and submitted to the IRB for review of the remaining portions of the IRB application.

*Are you a chair of a thesis or dissertation committee? The process works a bit differently.  Please follow the steps below:

  1. If the study is for an official thesis or dissertation, the study needs to be officially approved first by the thesis/dissertation committee instead of the Scientific Review Committee.
  2. Once the study has been approved for scientific merit by the thesis/dissertation committee, the chair and the student can complete the IRB application together. This ensures that the study described in the IRB application is what was approved by the committee.
  3. Next, download a copy of the SRC Checklist (see below). The chair will sign the SRC Checklist and send it to Sarah Clark at mse_src@byu.edu who will then sign it.
  4. Finally, the chair will send the IRB application and the signed SRC Checklist to the IRB for additional review.

Background of the Scientific Review Committee

The MSE Scientific Review Committee (SRC) was created following a request made by the BYU Institutional Review Board and was formed under the direction of Dean Mary Anne Prater.  The role of the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) is to review each Institutional Review Board (IRB) application to determine the scientific merit of the proposed research study.  This includes a review of the research questions, hypothesis/objectives, rationale for study, sample size, teacher/school partnership arrangements, timeline/resources, etc.  It is important that you be explicit in your IRB application about this information as it will speed up the process.

Two faculty members from each department will review the IRB application.  Once the study has been approved, a signed SRC checklist is sent to the principal investigator (PI) and the PI then submits the signed SRC checklist and the IRB application (and all materials associated with the study) to the IRB.  Once the signed SRC checklist and IRB application/materials have been received by the IRB, the members of the IRB will be reviewing the study as it relates to risk, confidentiality, compliance with regulations, electronic storage procedures, participant enrollment/involvement, etc.

Important Information:

*Some IRB applications will be undergoing a “renewal,” meaning that these studies are currently underway and an IRB application needs to be resubmitted and reviewed by the IRB to verify compliance with new regulations and to address issues of risk, electronic storage procedures, verification of minimum age of 18 for adult studies, etc.  The SRC will NOT be reviewing these “renewal” applications as they have already been reviewed for scientific merit during the first submission.  PIs are encouraged to submit these renewals to the IRB directly.

Members of the SRC are as follows:

Name

Department

Sarah Clark, Chair

TEd

Katy Cabbage

ComD

Christopher Dromey

ComD

Blake Hansen

CPSE

Tim Smith

CPSE

Isaac Calvert

EDLF

Michael Owens

EDLF

Buddy Richards

EDLF

Ross Larsen

IPT

Peter Rich

IPT

Eric Bybee

TEd

Juan Freire

TEd

 

Please see the two documents below. The first document describes the SRC procedures and the other document is the SRC checklist that SRC members will use to review each IRB application.

  1. SRC Procedures
  2. SRC Checklist

Are you ready to have your IRB Application and study materials reviewed by the Scientific Review Committee? Please submit these materials to mse_src@byu.edu.  Our goal is to complete our scientific review within 5 working days.