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
Chris Lage, PhD Professor of Biology Chair Biology 08/31/24
James Cook, PhD Associate Professor of Sociology Voting Sociology 05/31/24
Matt Dube, PhD Associate Professor in Data Science, Computer Information Systems, and Applied Mathematics Voting Informatics 08/31/25
Sara Flowers, PhD Director of ATLaS Scholars & Lecturer III of Education Voting Education 08/31/25
Shannon Gauvin, RN, DHA Director of Nursing & Program Coordinator Voting Nursing 05/31/23
Vickie Ireland, RN, PhD Assistant Professor of Nursing Voting Nursing 08/31/25
Tim Surrette, PhD Associate Professor of Education Voting Education 08/31/25
Kathryn Walker, RDH, EFDA, MSEd Assistant Professor of Dental Health Voting Dental Health 05/31/25
Vacant Unaffiliated Member Voting Vacant mm/dd/yy
Joseph Szakas, PhD Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost & Institutional Official Ex Officio Academic Affairs N/A

Board Meetings

Meeting Date Full Board Review Submission Deadline
September 2023
October 2023
November 2023
December 2023
January 2024
February 2024
March 2024
April 2024

University of Maine at Augusta Federalwide Assurances for the Protection of Human Subjects
#FWA00018932 (expires 09/08/2025)