Research at the University of Guam

Institutional Review Board

Institutional Review Board

Updated October 2019

The Institutional Review Board is in beta testing of new IRB applications. Corresponding applications may be found below. Should there be any issues with the applications please let us know by emailing


If your application required a FULL REVIEW and anticipating a renewal or extension (with or without changes) during the 2019 Tinalo’ (Intersession) submit your request before the end of the semester to ensure there are no delays.


Please use the checklist below to ensure that your application is complete. Please drop off signed hard copies to Dean’s Circle House #27.


  • IRB Application
    • Must be typed out. Handwritten applications will not be accepted. Fill in each section, do not use ‘see attached’ or leave any sections blanks. Student proposal must have Faculty advisor sign.
  • Methods and outline
    • Explain your research protocols and methodology.   
  • Cover Letter
    • Provide Cover Letter – see below for sample cover letter; note that cover letter and consent letter are two separate documents
  • Consent Form
    • Signed original form (Faculty signature, if needed)
  • Assent Form
    • Signed original form (Faculty signature, if needed)
  • Survey Instruments
    • Provide a copy of questionnaire or any data collection instruments involved. 
    • For ALL surveys - include a draft version of survey layout.
    • For online surveys (Qualtrics, Google Forms, etc.) - Consent forms must be embedded into survey instrument.

For Extension, Renewals, Modifications to current CHRS:

  • Cover Letter requesting Extension, Renewal, or Modification referencing the current CHRS approval
    Indicate if there are any changes to any methodology, surveys, etc.
  • Updated application reflecting date changes
  • If there are any changes to the application or supporting documents please highlight (in yellow) all changes.
  • If there are no changes, previous documents will suffice.

Student Proposals / Class Proposals / Capstone

  • To ensure a timely review by the Institutional Review Board for student/ class submitted proposals, IRB application should be submitted one (1) month prior to the expected start date of student research. This will allow the Institutional Review Board to thoroughly review all application.  
  • Hardcopies are to be delivered to Dean's Circle House #7; only hard copies will be considered official.
  • Electronic copies may be sent to for preliminary screening (application completeness)
  • When submitting an electronic copy, please scan all documents into one PDF file.
  • Please answer all questions on the application.
  • All applications must have appropriate signatures and will be returned if they do not. All students must have advisors' signatures.
  • All projects (exempt, expedited, and full) must be submitted to IRB. The Committee will determine the status of the study.
    • NOTE: Classes submitting research projects - please submit all projects by the first of the month to allow for review time. 

IRB Members

Mr. Peter Barcinas
Telephone: (671) 735-2055
Office: Agriculture & Life Sciences Buldg.
2nd floor,Rm. 228

  • Dr. Samir Ambrale, MD, MPH, Medical Oncologists, FHP Medical Center
  • Dr. Andrea Blas, Ph.D., College of Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Guam
  • Dr. Francis Dalisay, Ph.D., College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, University of Guam
  • Dr. Yoshito Kawabata, Ph.D., College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, University of Guam 
  • Dr. Ron McNinch, Ph.D., School of Business and Public Administration, University of Guam
  • Dr. Mary Jane Miller, Ph.D., School of Education, University of Guam
  • Ms. Eloise Sanchez, School Program Consultant, Guam Department of Education
  • Dr. Kathryn Wood, RNC-OB, School of Health, University of Guam  

Review Dates and Application Due Dates

  • No Full Reviews from December 13, 2019 – January 20, 2020. Please submit Renewals/ Modification of an application that required  FULL REVIEW before the December 13 deadline.
  • Committee may review expedited or exempt studies at their discretion during 2019 Tinalo’ (December - January.). A review of your application is not guaranteed. If you anticipate research during the 2019 Tinalo' please submit your application before December 13, 2019.


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