Research Project Guidelines

All requests for conducting research within and/or through Red Mountain High School must follow specific guidelines which were established for the following reasons:

       To protect the rights and privacy of students, parents/guardians, and staff

       To add to the body of knowledge in the chosen research field

       To protect the integrity of Red Mountain High School


Research in/through Red Mountain High School is defined as any data collection from or about Red Mountain High School/Mesa Public Schools, students, parents, or staff OR any research outside the school system conducted by students of Red Mountain High School. Research includes, but is not limited to, data collection for the purposes of fulfilling the requirements of a publication in a journal or book and/or completion of an class project (science fair project, AP Research project, etc).


The purpose of these guidelines is to establish a standard procedure for individuals or agencies to follow when requesting to conduct research in/through Red Mountain High School. Having a standard procedure for researchers to follow helps to respect staff and student time, enables system research committee members to review applications in light of existing laws and statutes about privacy and research, and promotes quality research to improve a body of knowledge.


Forms to complete when requesting permission to conduct research at Red Mountain High School:

     1. All projects must complete the following International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) forms and receive approval from your teacher to begin project.

·        Student Checklist (1A),  Research Plan 

·       Approval Form (1B)

·       Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1)

     2. If the project falls under the following 4 categories it must be approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Click on the category to read the guidelines and then submit the RM IRB and ISEF forms

·        Human Participant(s)  -   RM IRB Form and ISEF Form 4

·        Vertebrate Animal(s)   -   RM IRB Form and ISEF Form 5

·        Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents   -   RM IRB Form and ISEF Form 6A or ISEF Form 6B

·        Hazardous Chemicals, Activities &/or Devices   -    RM IRB Form and ISEF Form 3

ISEF Form 2 may be necessary for projects with higher risk 

      3. If submitting a research project for IRB approval, complete the IRB Submission Form and project specific form (above). Submit the completed application with all supporting documents to your teacher the day before the IRB Date:

-August 30th

-September 20th

-October 18th

-November 7th

-November 29th

-December 13th (no new submissions, only reviews of edits from previous submissions)