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
Suzanne Beyea, RN, Ph.D. FAAN Community Member Voting Nursing 05/31/21
Tricia Spearin Lecturer III of Dental Hygiene Voting Dental Hygiene 12/31/23
William Ellis, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology & Human Services Voting Psychology 05/31/21
Gregory Fahy, Ph.D. Dean of Arts and Sciences Voting Philosophy 05/31/21
Shannon Gauvin, RN, DHA Nursing Program Coordinator Voting Nursing 05/31/23
Laura Rodas, M.S. Associate Dean of Students Voting Criminal Justice 05/31/21
Joseph Szakas, Ph.D. Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost Ex Officio Computer Science N/A

Board Meetings

Meeting Date Full Board Review Submission Deadline
Monday, October 19, 2020 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM 09/19/2020
Monday, November 16, 2020 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM 10/16/2020
Monday, December 21, 2020 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM 11/21/2020
Monday, January 18, 2021 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM 12/18/2020
Monday, February 15, 2021 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM 01/15/2021
Monday, March 15, 2021 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM 02/15/2021
Monday, April 19, 2021 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM 03/19/2021
Monday, May 17, 2021 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM 04/17/2021
Monday, September 20, 2021 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM 08/20/2021

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