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Student Research

Life University offers an array of opportunities for students to become engaged in the research process. From developing your own research project to simply being engaged on an ambient level, there is an opportunity that can fit your time and interest level.

Institutional Review Board

The Life University Institutional Review Board (IRB) has the responsibility to oversee and review all research studies in which humans will be involved. For IRB documentation and procedures, please enroll in our Blackboard site: Institutional Review Board. For specific questions or for additional information, please contact our IRB Chairperson Dr. Jeff Rupp at

Research Advisory Council

Life University’s Office of Sponsored Research and Scholarly Activity receives support and advisement from a nine-member, cross-campus committee that serves to develop and support research policy, review and recommend research scholarships and provide oversight for the Funded Projects budget, which serves to support new and existing research initiatives with base-level research grants.

Cookies and Research

For individuals new to the research process, the OSRSA supports an opportunity for new investigators to present their proposed research ideas to veteran researchers in an informal environment. Hosted within the OSRSA research conference room, with cookies and refreshments provided, the new researchers are free to ask questions and work with the veteran researchers to refine the study protocol and processes.