Boards and Committees

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Regional Scientific Review Committees (SRC)

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC))

Most Science Fairs in the United States require that a student’s project meets the same general safety and legal requirements that governs actual real-world research institutions or laboratories.

The Central New Mexico Science & Engineering Research Challenge follows the safety and legal rules that are used by the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) the largest international pre-college science competition in the world.

  • An Institutional Review Board (IRB), by federal regulation, evaluates the potential physical and/or psychological risk of research involving human subjects. An IRB is at least three expert members, and must include an educator or school administrator and a expert in humans, such as a medical doctor, psychologist or licensed social worker.
  • A Scientific Review Committee (SRC) is comprised of three or more expert members who review projects involving animals or potentially hazardous biological agents. One member must be a biomedical scientist.
  • An Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees animal research. There is at least one veterinarian on this committee.

Local Review Boards

A school or organization may need to create a Local SRC or IRB. For more information, please download the PDF: Creating Local SRC/IRB Committees.

Please make sure that a list of committee members and their credentials is forwarded to us by February 2015 (TBD) using this PDF form: Local SRC/IRB Membership Roster.

For more information on local SRC/IRB committees, please see Operational Guidelines for Local SRC/IRB Committees.

The Society for Science & the Public also has SRC/IRB review guidelines at Checkpoints for SRC Review.

A review of the risks involved when using humans and animals is covered in the Risk Assessment Guide. This document also lists additional Resources, such as the code of federal regulations regarding human subjects, a guide from the US Department of Health and Human Services, and a computer-based training course for new IRB members.

Not every research challenge science project requires oversight by these boards. Determining the appropriate approval process, or protocol, is part of what we do to help our students compete at national and international levels. Below are some of the individuals on the local review boards and committees for the Central New Mexico Science & Engineering Research Challenge.

DIRECTOR - COMMITTEE CHAIR - PROTOCOL QUESTIONS

Heather Allen hallen@swcp.com

POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS BIOLOGICAL AGENTS REVIEWERS

Robert Dunnington

HUMAN SUBJECTS REVIEWERS

Karen Kinsman, MS, Directorn kkinsman@unm.edu

Lorna Joachim

ANIMAL REVIEWERS

Kevin O'Hair, DVM  

Kevin Caldwell

HAZARDOUS DEVICES, MATERIALS, CHEMICALS REVIEWER

Robert Dunnington

GENERAL RULES, SAFETY AND ETHICS QUESTIONS

Erin Garcia scifair@unm.edu

Heather Allen hallen@swcp.com