Office of Research

Office of Research Compliance

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

What We Do

The University of Texas-Pan American's Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews all research that meets the definition of “human subjects research”. The board is made up of UTPA faculty, staff, and members of the community. The board evaluates research proposals to make sure the planned research follows the ethical principles of human subjects protection and that it adheres to university policies and federal regulations.

IRB Application Requirements

Online Research - Surveys

Modification Request

Continuing Review



Contact Us

Institutional Review Board
Research & Innovation Building (REIN) 1.106
The University of Texas-Pan American
1201 West University Drive
Edinburg, Texas 78539

Phone: (956) 665-2889

All IRB applications should be submitted to Please include all appropriate documents. (see IRB Application Requirements)

All applications must be signed. If your application is not signed, it will be considered incomplete and you will need to resubmit.

IRB Members

  • IRB Chair: Dr. Stephanie Brickman
  • IRB Vice Chair: Dr. Sharon Schembri
  • Dr. Grant Benham
  • Dr. Ken Grant
  • Dr. Sandra Hansmann
  • Ms. Cecilia Johnson
  • Dr. Joanna Rampersad-Ammons
  • Dr. Amy Weimer
  • Alternate Member: Dr. Marie Simonsson 
  • Alternate Member: Mr. Felipe Salinas
  • Unaffiliated Member: Candi Constantine



  • IRB Protocol Approval
  • Modification Approval
  • Continuing Approval
  • Educational Workshops

IRB Meeting Schedule and Protocol Submission Deadlines:

Human subjects research proposals are reviewed via one of three processes: “exempt”, “expedited”, or “full”. “Exempt” and “Expedited” review is possible with certain categories of research (as specified in the federal regulations) and may be reviewed outside of the full IRB committee by one or more experienced IRB members (generally the IRB Chair). Protocols that do not qualify for exempt or expedited review must be reviewed by the full IRB committee at a convened meeting.

  • For full review, the deadline for protocol submission is the first Tuesday of each month. IRB committee meetings are scheduled approximately 2 weeks following the monthly submission dates. The exact meeting dates are based on committee member schedules and are therefore variable from semester to semester. The IRB Committee does not generally meet during the Summer months. If you anticipate conducting research during the Summer, you must submit your protocols by the May deadline.
  • Expedited and Exempt protocols are reviewed in the order received; there are no deadlines for these protocols. Please note that "expedited" refers to the fact that it is not subject to review by the full committee, but does not guarantee a fast approval process. Please turn in your IRB applications as early as possible before the anticipated start date.

All IRB submissions should be submitted to with all appropriate documents (see IRB Application Requirements).


If your research is dependent on being funded by an internal or external grant:

To reduce the workload of Institutional Review Boards, many granting agencies do not need IRB approval at the time of proposal submission, but are likely to require it prior to release of award monies. Check with your granting agency about when IRB approval must be submitted. If your proposed research is contingent on grant funding, we ask that you submit an IRB application after having been granted your award.