Conducting Research This Year? You May Need IRB Approval.

Are you planning to do research this year? Will you be supervising student research projects? Make sure to check if you need approval from Brenau’s Institutional Review Board before beginning your data collection.

Any research involving human subjects may require review and approval from the IRB before data collection can begin. Make sure to check out the intranet site,, where you can find charts to help you determine if your research requires IRB approval and what type of approval it requires.

Once there you can also download the updated IRB Protocol Application and review samples of previously approved studies.

All applications must be submitted by the research project’s faculty advisor, known as the principle investigator, through IRBNet, two weeks before the committee meeting date in order to be reviewed. No submissions coming directly from students will be reviewed.

IRBNet training sessions will be offered on Tuesday, Sept. 26, and Thursday, Sept. 28, from 1-2 p.m. in Redwine Technology Lab 106 in the Trustee Library on the Gainesville campus.

Submission Deadlines and IRB Committee Review meeting dates are below

Review Dates:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 (Submission Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 (Submission Deadline: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 (Submission Deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 (Submission Deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 (Submission Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018)
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (Submission Deadline: Tuesday, March 6, 2018)
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 (Submission Deadline: Tuesday, March 27, 2018)
  • Thursday, May 10, 2018 (Submission Deadline: Thursday, April 26, 2018)

If you have any questions regarding IRB submissions, please contact Kelly Peters at

Brenau Medical Scholars Student Recipient of 2017 Scholarship

Foothills Area Health Education Center recently announced Jordan Pruitt, a participant in the Brenau University Medical Scholars Program, is the recipient of its 2017 Intensive Program Scholarship.

Pruitt is a senior at Chestatee High School. To be eligible for the scholarship, she had to do the following:

  • Be a graduate of a Foothills AHEC Intensive Program
  • Be accepted into a post-secondary educational facility in the state of Georgia
  • Have declared a major in health care
  • Follow Foothills AHEC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram within the past year

Brenau University’s Medical Scholars program, through the College of Health Sciences, is one of three intensive programs in the state students can participate in to be eligible for this scholarship, along with programs at the University of Georgia and Augusta University.

Reminder: Now Accepting Abstracts for the 2017 Research Symposium

The Spring Research Symposium will be held in the Brenau Downtown Center on Friday, March 24, 2017 and we are looking for outstanding projects to showcase from both students and faculty. Proposals for both individual and group presentations as well as full panels will be considered. The Research Symposium Committee is accepting abstract submissions through Feb. 15, but don’t wait until the last minute to submit your abstract, as only a limited number of presentations will be accepted.

The theme of this year’s Research Symposium is “Conversations in the Global Community,” which will be explored through research presentations in the following topic areas:

  • Community – Service Learning, Engagement
  • Interventions – Impose Upon, Interfere, Alter a Course of Action
  • Innovations and Improvements- Genius, “The New”, Change for the Better
  • Trends and Transformations – What Is/ Was Happening, Group Considerations and Beliefs, Dramatic or Protracted Changes, Metamorphoses
  • Assessments – Literature Reviews, Measurements, Comparisons
  • Discoveries and Inquiries – Finding, Surprises, Illuminations, Formulating Queries Not Yet Answered, Processes Leading to Investigation
  • Justice and Ethics- Right and Wrong, Legality and the Law, Correction
  • Agency – Choice, Election, Empowerment
  • Intersections – Meetings, Connections, Combinations
  • Reconstruction – Rebuilding, New From Old, Recreating / Simulating
  • Gender – Biology, Sociology, Politics, Etc.

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words. The submission forms are on Brenau’s Research Symposium site,

Submission is open to all Brenau students and faculty, however, we request that students submit their abstract proposals to their project faculty advisor for approval using the Word template located at and that the final abstracts be submitted by the faculty advisors via the Formstack Submission Form at

All Abstract submissions must be received by Feb. 15 to be considered for the Spring Symposium.

We look forward to seeing the variety of quality projects that the Brenau community has in store for us.

IRBNet Training at the Norcross Campus

Planning on doing research this year? Does it involve human subjects? Then you need to make sure you get approval from Brenau’s Institutional Review Board.

Brenau has transitioned to the use of IRBNet for research protocol submissions and we will be having a training session in at the Norcross campus to walk you through the new submission process.

Kelly Peters, Brenau’s IRBnet Administrator, is hosting an info session on IRBnet from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8 in Room 100 of the Norcross Campus.

If you are planning on submitting a protocol for IRB review, bring your application with you and Kelly will walk you through submitting it on IRBNet before you leave.

The info session will help walk you through:

  • How to determine if your study requires IRB approval and what type of review to apply for
  • Making sure you submit a complete protocol application
  • CITI Certification Requirements
  • Submitting your protocol application on IRBNet
  • Submitting revisions and receiving approval to begin your research


Please email Kelly at and let her know if you will be attending one of the sessions. RSVPs are not required to attend, but we would like to get a head count to make sure we have enough handouts.