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.


Learn More »

45 CFR 46

Learn More »


Learn More »

CITI Certification

Learn More »

The Belmont

Learn More »

UMA Research

Learn More >>

USM Office of Research Integrity & Outreach

Learn More »

Maine Regulatory
Training & Ethics Center

Learn More »


Learn More »


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
Kathryn Walker Assistant Professor of Dental Health Voting Dental Health 05/31/25
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
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
September 2022 TBD TBD
October 2022 TBD TBD
November 2022 TBD TBD
December 2022 TBD TBD
January 2023 TBD TBD
February 2023 TBD TBD
March 2023 TBD TBD
April 2023 TBD TBD
May 2023 TBD TBD


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