Forms and Documents

 Research Handbook

The Research Handbook provides ACU policy and procedures for writing internal and external grants.  Frequently asked questions and handy resources are included.  Download the Handbook (user name and password required) in .pdf format. 

Intellectual Property Policy, Policy on Research Misconduct

The following polices are now available for download (user name and password required) in .pdf format: Intellectual Property PolicyPolicy on Research Misconduct

External Grant Submission Form

Most grant applications are submitted online through the office of ORSP, while others are sent directly to the granting agency.  The external grant submission Form must be completed and signed by the Chair, Dean, Director of ORSP, Vice Provost /Provost, University Counsel, and Controller before any grant for external funding can be sent by a faculty or staff member. Please submit the form at least two weeks before the grant is due.

ACU Institutional Review Board Policy

This policy must be followed for all research by ACU faculty, staff and students that involves human subjects. Faculty and staff should submit their review requests to the ORSP.

  • IRB Approval Form (This is the form that Institutional Review Board members complete in response to a request for a review)
  • IRB Policy (This is the general policy)
  • Research Review Request Form (faculty or staff preparing to do research involving human subjects should submit this form)
New in Reasearch

Dr. Ryan Jessup, Assistant Professor of Marketing

Dr. Jessup is interested in decisions.  What causes people to choose poorly?  How do learning and contextual factors influence choice?  In seeking to answer these questions, his research uses psychological models of motivation to distill the computational properties of decision making.  Computational modeling enhances research by requiring precision in theory formulation and constraining predictions.

One of Dr. Jessup’s primary streams of research concerns the behavioral differences between decisions when options are completely described vs. decisions when options must be learned about via experience.  Prior research found that individuals choose quite differently between the two paradigms but the reasons underlying the difference are poorly understood.  One of Dr. Jessup’s studies demonstrated that the reception of feedback overwhelms descriptive information, driving the behavioral differences between paradigms.  This work has led him and his colleagues (including Dr. John Homer and undergraduate researcher Allison Phillips) to build a new model that merges sophisticated decision making mechanisms with reinforcement learning in order to successfully predict behavior in both paradigms better than existing models. Dr. Jessup has previously received Cullen awards for this work and is currently seeking external funding to continue this fascinating line of research.

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