Research Volunteers

Office of Research and Scholarship

Periodically UT Tyler faculty, staff, and students need the participation of the public in their research studies. These studies are used to gather data for analysis in the research process. UT Tyler students are invited to volunteer as well as the general public. These studies vary based on the research topic and the research needs. Some studies involve answering questions online or in person and others require actual physical activity.

About Volunteering

Knowing Your Rights. You may choose to volunteer as a participant in a research project for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you have a special interest in the topic; want to contribute to science, or see other benefits in participating. Please be assured that you are in no way obligated to participate and can always withdraw from a study if at first you decide to join the research and later change your mind.

Disclaimers. Only investigations that have been approved by the University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) as adhering to strong ethical principles are included on this website. The Office of Research and Scholarship verifies IRB approval, but does not review or endorse the views, methodologies, results, or conclusions of projects posted on this site. Out of respect for disciplinary expertise and academic freedom, the Associate Provost for Research & Scholarship relies on faculty and staff (and in the case of students, also the research advisors) to ensure the integrity of their research.

Learning More About Protection of Participants. Participants who would like to learn more about regulations designed to protect the rights of research participants can examine these materials:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

U.S. Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP)

UT Tyler Research Compliance


Submitting a New Research Study

Fill out this form to have your study included on the ORS Current Studies Seeking Volunteers webpage.

In addition, there is a research volunteer system in place for the College of Education and Psychology named SONA, where you can view and sign up to participate in research studies being conducted with IRB approval within this college. The link will provide you with instructions on how to register an account with SONA.