Volunteers & Minors

Summer is a great time for students to gain valuable laboratory experience through volunteering or internships. Because student volunteers and/or minors may be unaware of hazards and risks associated with working in a laboratory, Emory University policies require training before entering a lab.


Do You Have a Volunteer or Minor Coming to Participate in Research Activities?


volunteer is an individual who is not affiliated with Emory (non-Emory Student or non-Emory Personnel) – see Emory University Policy 4.83

minor is any person who has not attained 18 years of age and who is not enrolled in an Emory University or Oxford College regular catalog course or degree program – see Emory University Policy 7.21

All volunteers and minors who intend to participate in research laboratory activities at Emory University MUST:

1. Complete the Volunteers or Minors Registration Form and send to biosafe@emory.edu. (only individuals not affiliated with Emory University must complete and submit a registration form) 2. If working with any human source material, provide documentation of Hepatitis B vaccine (3 doses and antibody titer) and send to biosafe@emory.edu. Minimum Training Requirements: Temporary training accounts for volunteers and minors will be created by EHSO after receipt of Registration Form. All Volunteers: Research Lab Safety, BBP for Research, Biosafety, These training modules are completed in BioRAFT. Minors: After receipt of EHSO approval of the Minors Registration Form, minor will register for Lab Safety Awareness training. This REQUIRED training is an in-person/classroom based course.Contact your EHSO building liaison or biosafe@emory.edu if you have any questions.

How does Emory define “minors”?

According to Emory University policy 7.21, any person who is:

  • under 18 years of age and
  • not currently enrolled in an Emory University or Oxford College regular catalogue course or degree program.

Most high school students fall into this category.

How does Emory define “volunteers”?

According to Emory University policy 4.83, any person who offers a service or contributes knowledge and skills to the University without expectation of compensation. A volunteer is:

  • 18 years of age or older and
  • not enrolled in Emory University or Oxford College in a degree-seeking program or
  • not employed by the University (either full-time or part-time)

Note: Investigators at Yerkes should follow the specific process in place for volunteers and minors at Yerkes. Contact Maureen Thompson for more information at mthomp2@emory.edu.