Is it OK to get approval after I have collected my data?

If you are working with human subjects, you MUST have your project approved BEFORE you begin your experiment.  The purpose of the IRB is to make sure that you are doing your science fair project safely and ethically, therefore, the committee must approve your project before you start collecting data. If you have already started your experiment and did not receive prior approval, please contact src@wssef.org or wsseffairdirector@wssef.org and let us know about your situation.

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