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 safeguard the rights and privacy of students, parents/guardians, and staff.

       To ensure research is conducted in an ethical manner.

       To assure the safety of researchers and research participants. 


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) -  ISEF Form 4

·        Vertebrate Animal(s) -   ISEF Form 5

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

·        Hazardous Chemicals, Activities &/or Devices -  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).