Institutional Review Board

@ Gustavus


All research involving human participants conducted at Gustavus Adolphus College, or under its sponsorship, must be reviewed and approved by the Gustavus Institutional Review Board (IRB). Details about the process are available in the Gustavus IRB Policy Manual, but below are the basic steps to get you started.

Basic Steps
  1. Once you have determined that your project qualifies as human subject research, you should complete the CITI Social & Behavioral Research Basic Course. All personnel working on the project, including the faculty/staff supervisor, must complete this training. The training takes ~4.5 hours to complete. Once you successfully complete the training, your certification is effective campus wide and lasts for 3 years.
  2. Submit your CITI completion certificate, Form F, the COVID Risk Mitigation Form, and any additional documents (e.g., consent documents and surveys) to the IRB for review using the online submission form. All documents should be submitted at the same time.
    1. For creating consent documents, please use the IRB's approved Consent Template.

Note: It is often helpful to consult with the IRB during the experimental design process before you request formal approval of a project. The IRB may be able to help you identify minor changes that could increase the likelihood of being granted an exemption or at least facilitate your project approval. We also maintain an FAQ that may answer some questions you have.

Forms & Documents

At any point during the process, you can contact the IRB at


Laura Boomgaarden
Administrative Assistant in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics and Physics

Liz Boatman
Assistant Professor in Physics
Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Sarah Bridges - IRB Administrator
Assistant Dean of Research in the Provost's Office
Director of Research and Sponsored Programs

Kyle E. Chambers - IRB Co-Chair
Associate Professor & Chair of Psychological Science
Social Sciences Division

Kayla De Lorme - IRB Co-Chair
Associate Professor of Psychological Science
Social Sciences Division

Jillian Downey
Assistant Professor in Math, Computer Science, and Statistics
Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Maggie Falenschek
Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministries
Engagement Coordinator, The Gustavus Academy for Faith, Science and Ethics in Chaplains' Office

Daniel Mollner
Associate Professor in Library
Education Division

Lynnea Myers
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Education Division

Maren Kind ‘15
Speech Language Pathologist, St. Peter Public Schools