Institutional Review Board

Welcome to the Lone Star College System (LSCS) Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research. The LSCS IRB exists as a safeguard to promote the ethical and responsible treatment of human subjects in research, and to encourage research within LSCS. 

The LSCS Institutional Review Board reviews human subject research to ensure that:

  • The rights and welfare of human subjects are protected.
  • Risks have been considered and minimized.
  • Potential benefits have been identified and maximized.
  • All potential participants are being provided with legally effective informed consent.
  • All research is completed in an ethical manner, and in compliance with established standards.
  • All private information is kept confidential.

The LSCS IRB is composed of faculty members, administrators who have responsibility for research, institutional researchers, and members from the community. The human subjects review process is administered through the office of Resource Development and Administration. 

FERPA guidelines protect private information about students in the Lone Star College System.  Requests for all student information must go through the LSCS Office of Research and Institutional Effectiveness (ORIE). Approval of your IRB research application does not mean that data from ORIE will be made available to you. Please note that researchers from outside LSCS may only be given directory information from ORIE. For details, see our policy on student records protected by FERPA, which can be accessed here.

If you are a researcher, please click on Getting Started to see the appropriate steps for submitting an application for review. You can access the Research Application Forms from the Getting Started page.  Please note that there is a separate application form for LSCS faculty who are doing Class Projects. Current LSCS faculty working on dissertations or theses, if not using LSCS students, faculty or staff as research subjects, may submit an approved IRB from their home institution in lieu of an LSCS IRB application. Approval is not guaranteed.  At the discretion of the IRB Committee,  you may be asked to fill out an LSCS application as well.

Research Application Form (.doc)
Research Application form for Class Projects (.doc)

Please see Frequently Asked Questions  to get a general overview of the IRB responsibilities and general definitions.  There are several helpful documents in the IRB Links and Training Information section that can help you in filling out your application.

IRB Committee Members and Staff

April M. Odell

LSC-System Office at University Park
Compliance Analyst & IRB Administrator


Brian Shmaefsky, Ph.D.

LSC-University Park, Professor-Biology, IRB Chair

Daria Willis, Ph.D.

LSC-University Park, Associate Professor-History, IRB Vice Chair

Warner Bair, Ph.D.

LSC-CyFair, Professor-Biology

Cindy Casparis, Ed.D.

LSC-Tomball, Dean of Instruction

Carol Girocco

LSC-Montgomery, Professor-Nursing/RN

Cheryl Smith

LSC-System Office, Interim Director of  Workforce Programs


Debra Harper

LSC-Greenspoint Center, Professor-Speech



Rodrigo Chaves

Community Member, Community Outreach Programs, Conroe Independent School District


Heather Gamber, Ph.D.

LSC-Cy Fair, Professor-Mathematics