Research Resources

Working with Human Subjects

If your research plans include working with human subjects, including distributing surveys, you may need to complete steps for the Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP). HSPP may require trainings, forms, and submitting your proposal to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). If your rearch is for your Honors Thesis or Quest Project, be sure that your timeline includes room for these steps if necessary.

The HSSP folks have all the information you need about the process on their website.

In Particular, We Recommend These Resources:

Recording of IRB 101 Presentation 

HSPP Getting Started 


HSPP Top 10 Tips 

HSPP Forms 

eIRB Information (instructions on how to use our online submission portal)

HSPP Guidance Documents, specifically 

  • What is Human Research?
  • Classroom Research and  Independent Projects
  • Recruitment & Advertisement  
  • Informed Consent
  • Principal Investigator Responsibilities after  IRB Approval
  • Reportable New Information

We will host live IRB 101 Presentations at least once per semester, so keep an eye on our events calendar for those!

If your Honors Thesis faculty mentor is new to Human Subjects research and the IRB process, you can share this resource with them.


You may need funding to complete your Honors Thesis. The good news: Honors students are eligible to apply for Honors funding for thesis projects! This support may be in the form of thesis-related supplies, travel, books, copying, or other expenses. Information about how to apply is available here; click on “Honors Thesis Awards” for more information.

Additional Support

  • Check in with your thesis mentor to identify support in your major/college; you also can check out this information online by viewing funding  options on your departmental and/or college website.
  • Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Collaborative 
  • External organizations that offer research support for targeted projects: confer with your thesis mentor to identify potential sources.