The welfare of human subjects in research is the core mission of UMA’s Institutional Review Board. We are charged by the University of Maine System and Federal statute 45 CFR 46 to function as an ethics committee. This board is responsible for reviewing proposals before human subject research is conducted and for monitoring the welfare of those subjects during the research. All human subject research must receive approval from UMA’s IRB prior to the research being conducted. If a research proposal meets the definitions of both research and human subjects, it must go through the IRB process. Most human subjects research at the University of Maine at Augusta falls under one of the §46.104 exemption categories.


The University of Maine at Augusta’s Institutional Review Board is the institutional body vested and charged with protecting the rights and welfare of persons participating in human subjects research conducted at, or affiliated with UMA.


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Board Members

Name Title Membership Representation Expires
Sara Flowers, Ph.D. Director of TRIO Scholars Chair Education 08/31/23
Abbie Turner, M.A. Education Coordinator SMWRC Voting Social & Criminal Justice 05/31/24
Tricia Spearin Lecturer III of Dental Hygiene Voting Dental Hygiene 12/31/23
James Cook, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Sociology Voting Sociology 05/31/24
Shannon Gauvin, RN, DHA Nursing Program Coordinator Voting Nursing 05/31/23
Laura Rodas, M.S. Associate Dean of Students Voting Criminal Justice 05/31/22
Joseph Szakas, Ph.D. Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost Ex Officio Academic Affairs N/A

Board Meetings

Meeting Date Full Board Review Submission Deadline
Monday, September 27, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 8/27/2021
Monday, October 25, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 9/25/2021
Monday, November 22, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 10/22/2021
Monday, December 27, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 11/27/2021
Monday, January 29, 2022 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 12/29/2021
Monday, February 28, 2022 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 1/28/2022
Monday, March 28, 2022 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 2/28/2022
Monday, April 25, 2022 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 3/25/2022
Monday, May 23, 2022 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 4/23/2022

University of Maine at Augusta Federalwide Assurances for the Protection of Human Subjects
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