Graduate Student Research Requirements

October 14, 2019

Are you planning on advising graduate students with their research? There are additional requirements for graduate student research at MSU. Graduate student research refers to research conducted to fulfill graduate degree requirements, i.e., preparation of master’s theses and doctoral dissertations. MSU masters’ theses and Ph.D. dissertations are considered to present generalizable knowledge and require submission to the IRB. Graduate students who conduct human subject research for their thesis/dissertation must provide a copy of their IRB approval letter to the Graduate school with their form for final submission of their thesis/dissertation.

In the case of graduate student research for theses or dissertations, the graduate student’s major advisor or another faculty member should be designated on the IRB application as the principal investigator (PI) and the graduate student should be designated as a co-investigator. Only faculty members and fixed-term faculty employees with the rank of assistant professor or higher may be designated as the PI on the IRB application.

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