- Be a current or retired teacher/staff/administrator OR a current or recently graduated social science student at a CEGEP in Québec.
- Submit a completed Application Form with all fields of information completed by the deadline:
- Contact information
- 100-word statement of intent
- Signed agreement to abide by the Code of Conduct
- Proof of having obtained the Ethics Certificate of Completion
- Have some knowledge of social science disciplines and research methods, research ethics and institutional review boards.
TERMS OF SERVICE
- The applicants must complete the Ethics Certificate of Completion Course on Research Ethics (CORE), an eight-module, self-paced TCPS 2 tutorial.
- The applicants will be informed by the Lead Research Director whether they are accepted to the Board.
- Service as a Reviewer is volunteer work, without financial compensation.
- The applicants must be available to provide some hours of volunteer work, mostly at the end of the semester.
- The meeting times and frequency will be determined by the Reviewers as a group.
Code of Conduct
Ethics Board Reviewers ensure that finalists’ Research Proposals are thoroughly vetted for compliance with ethical standards. Ethics Board Reviewers agree to:
- Conduct their reviews in a way that upholds fairness, impartiality and objectivity.
- Exercise independence in their deliberations and decision-making process.
- Not override or supersede existing ethical rules.
- Exercise extra caution in granting permission for novice student researchers to conduct very intrusive forms of research such as fieldwork or experiments.
- Uphold the requirements outlined in the Contestants’ Code of Conduct:
The Contestants agree to:
- Conduct their research in a way that honours accuracy and truth and formally recognizes the academic contributions of others.
- Scientific fraud, forgery, fabrication of information and misconduct are not condoned at any level. This involves:
- Referring to sources from which they have extracted central ideas, theories, findings, specific arguments, definitions, conclusions, interpretations and scales of measurement, even when not using direct quotations.
- Avoiding fabrication of facts and figures, falsification by wrongful author attribution or exaggeration and plagiarism.
- Avoiding colloquial, emotional and non-academic expression.
- Consistently and correctly using a formatting style that is appropriate to the discipline(s) featured in the proposal.
- Obey the general rules regarding the ethical treatment of human subjects, which are embodied in the ethical rules governing researchers and members of your institution’s community.
- This mostly involves:
- Informed consent, which may include a consent form (attached as an appendix item for the Contest) or, when only verbal consent is viable, a consent script (embodied in the Method Plan).
- For subjects under 18 years of age, informed consent from a parent or legal guardian.Recognition of the subjects’ right:
- Not to be distressed, humiliated, dishonoured or harmed through their participation
- To withdraw from study at any point in time
- Requesting permission from the director, board of directors, manager, owner, or other person in charge for access to institutions.
- Refraining from direct contact with children and physically, emotionally or socio-economically vulnerable individuals.
Protect themselves and others from physical, emotional, legal, social or professional harm.
This mostly involves erring on the side of caution. It is best to exclude a technique if the related liability or potential for harm is unclear.
SIGNATURE OF REVIEWER
I, _________________________________ ,
- Have read and understood the Code of Conduct for Reviewers, and agree to follow the Code to the best of my ability.
- Confirm that I have completed the Ethics Certificate of Completion “Course on Research Ethics (CORE),” the eight-module, self-paced TCPS 2 Tutorial.
Date of signature: ______________________________
EBR Applicant’s Name:
If you are a teacher, are you sponsoring a Contest applicant?
Please also include a STATEMENT OF INTENT (100-word account of reason for applying).