All human subjects research (and all other activities, which in part involve human subject research), regardless of sponsorship, must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to initiation. This includes all interventions and interactions with human subjects for research, including advertising, recruitment, and/or screening of potential subjects.

IRB Hive Award

What is the HIVE award?

  • The HIVE award is a way to recognize UTD students and staff exhibiting positive Habits, Ideals, Values, and Ethics in human subjects research. 
  • One HIVE award recipient will be chosen each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer). 
  • The newest member to join the IRB HIVE will be featured on the IRB website, receive a certificate, and a small token of appreciation.

Who qualifies to receive the HIVE award, and how is a recipient chosen?

  • Any student or staff member conducting human subjects research or support staff for human subjects investigators is eligible. 
  • Individuals are nominated by the IRB Office. Faculty members can also nominate individuals from their lab. A nomination form will be available on the IRB website. The IRB Office will compile the nominations and forward a list of finalists to the Office of Research and Innovation leadership team who will make the final selection.

Eligible candidates are UTD students and staff who exhibit positive Habits, Ideals, Values, and Ethics in human subjects research:

  • Habits: Interest in developing positive habits in the responsible conduct of research and learning IRB regulations and/or requirements by attending or participating in training workshops sponsored by the Office of Research and Innovation or by seeking assistance from the IRB administration office  (or lab PI).
  • Ideals: Lead by example in the protection of participant privacy, conduct of research procedures, documentation of research activities and maintaining IRB study records.
  • Values: Understand study-specific IRB requirements, consistently following best practices for compliance.
  • Ethics: Able to identify compliance issues, documenting and reporting such instances to their PI and / or the IRB Office after consultation with their PI
Human Subjects Research Training Series

The Office of Research and Innovation provides an informational series on Human Subjects Research. Click on the button below to view the playlist.

Getting Started

Research Determination

Is this activity Human Subjects Research?
Step 1

New Study Submission

What do I need to submit?

Step 2

Submission Review

I am ready to submit – now what?

Step 3

Post Approval

What’s next?

Step 4

Contact Us

  • Sanaz Okhovat,
    Sanaz Okhovat
    Associate VP for Research, 972-883-4579, AD 3.202H, sanaz.okhovat@utdallas.edu, biosafety and chemical safety committee;conflict of interest;export control;institutional review board;lab animal resource center;research and academic safety;research integrity and outreach;safety
  • Research Integrity and Outreach,
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  • Amanda Boone,
    Amanda Boone
    Director, 972-883-4575, AD 3.218B, amanda.boone@utdallas.edu, institutional review board;research integrity and outreach
  • Mary Beth Goodnight,
    Mary Beth Goodnight
    IRB Specialist, 972-883-4595, AD 3.218, marybeth.goodnight@utdallas.edu, institutional review board;research integrity and outreach
  • Yessenia Mendez,
    Yessenia Mendez
    IRB Specialist, 972-883-3966, AD 3.218, yessenia.mendez@utdallas.edu, institutional review board;research integrity and outreach