Social Science/Behavioral/Education IRB (SIRB)

The Social Science / Behavioral / Education Institutional Review Board (SIRB) is one of two IRB committees at Michigan State University. Applications reviewed by the SIRB generally encompass social, behavioral, and educational research and are considered medically non-invasive.

Colleges Assigned to SIRB

The SIRB reviews applications based primarily on the Responsible Principal Investigator's College affiliation. The majority of SIRB applications come from the following MSU Colleges and Units:

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Arts and Letters
  • Career Services Placement
  • Communications Arts and Sciences
  • Counseling Center
  • Education
  • Eli Broad College of Business
  • Honors College
  • International Studies and Programs
  • James Madison
  • Law
  • Lyman Briggs
  • MSU Libraries
  • MSU Museum
  • Music
  • Natural Science
  • Residence Life
  • Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
  • Social Science
  • Urban Affairs Program
  • Women's Resource Center

If a project is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or medical expertise is needed, the application would be reviewed by the BIRB.

Meeting Schedule

The SIRB meets the third Monday of every month. Check the event calendar for meeting dates.

Committee Members

SIRB committee members include individuals who are affiliated and not affiliated with MSU.

SIRB Chair

Nora Rifon, Ph.D.

SIRB Administrator

Melanie Westlund, IRB Administrator III