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South Canaan, PA – St. Tikhon’s Seminary responded to two seminarians desiring to include research in their theses by establishing an Institutional Review Board (IRB).  The IRB met for the first time on Wednesday, February 1st to complete a  brief orientation and consider the two protocols.  As a part of the review process, the IRB met with each of the researchers.

One of the two submissions included research with incarcerated persons.  This proposal, with the IRB approval, was then forwarded to the State of Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.  The proposal was approved within days.  This represents another of a series of steps the seminary has taken to support seminarians in elevating the level of engagement possible in the course of their studies.