Research Volunteers

Office of Research, Scholarship, and Sponsored Programs

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. All posted studies have been approved by the UT Tyler Institutional Review Board.

UT Health Science Center's Community Scientist Program

Do You Want Feedback on Your Research Idea?

The UT Tyler Health Science Center Community Scientist Program provides one-hour virtual feedback sessions for no cost. Community Scientists are a diverse group of community members who provide valuable insights by sharing lived experiences with cancer or a chronic illness. They include cancer survivors, those living with a chronic illness, caregivers, and those interested in learning about and supporting community research. Feedback sessions provide researchers with an opportunity to gain input from their community of interest or patient groups on research design and implementation, recruitment and retention plans, and potential barriers to participation. See flyer for more information. Request a feedback session by  using this link. For any questions, please email

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 Senior Vice President and Associate Vice President of Research rely 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 ORSSP Current Studies Seeking Volunteers webpage. All studies included on the ORSSP Current Studies Seeking Volunteers webpage must have Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval and you will be required to upload the approval letter in the form. 

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.