University of Pikeville

Institutional Review Board
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501
(606) 218-5421


UPIKE has a long history of defying expectations. However you may have viewed yourself, the Appalachian community or the world before setting foot on our campus.

Research is the repeated systematic process of testing hypotheses to develop theories. It can include basic science, clinical, social science or translational research and encompass testing on human subjects and animals.

Before beginning, the researcher may need to complete several certifications and gain approval from the university’s Institutional Review Board. These processes are in place to protect the participants and researchers.

For more information:

Creswell, J. W. Research design: Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. 4th Ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2014.


Statistics is a tool that helps researchers relay the meaningfulness of the subject by organizing the collected data (descriptive statistics) and make statements about how characteristics of that data are applicable to new settings (inferential statistics). Which statistical tests are selected depends on the question to be answered.

Meg Sidle, Ph.D., director of institutional research and effectiveness, assists faculty and students with statistical analysis of their research projects.

For assistance, contact Meg Sidle at:  
Office: Record Memorial Building 600
Phone: 606-218-5290

In support of the research process, IBM SPSS Statistics software is installed on a set of computers in Allara Library.

Statistics textbooks that may be of benefit in research include:
Salkind, N. J. (2017). Statistics for people who (think they) hate statistics ( 6th Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc. [ISBN: 978-1-5063-3383-0]

Trochim, W. M., and Donnelly, J. P. (2006). The Research Methods Knowledge Base (3rd Ed.). Cincinnati, OH: Atomic Dog Publishing, Inc.  [ISBN: 978-1-5926-0291-9]

Grant Writing

The University of Pikeville’s Office of Advancement supports the grant writing efforts of faculty and other campus researchers. Grant writing services include searching for funding opportunities, developing proposals, developing budgets, editing and managing awarded grants.

Contact Grant Writer Michelle Goff at or 606-218-5279 for help funding research interest or study.

For more information about funding opportunities, visit:
National Institutes of Health
National Eye Institute
National Science Foundation
Kentucky Academy of Science
Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network
Ledford Scholarships
American Academy of Optometry
American Osteopathic Association

Current Research

Ongoing research projects at UPIKE include:

Selective Laser Trabeculoplaty (SLT) vs Combigan

Name of researcher(s): Ian McWherter, O.D.

Project Title: Selective Laser Trabeculoplaty (SLT) vs Combigan

Project Description (250 word limit): This study aims to compare the effectiveness in intraocular pressure (IOP) lowering between SLT and Combigan in primary open angle glaucoma patients who are uncontrolled on a topical prostaglandin analog.

Contact Information:

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Accepting new research interns: no

Cataract Surgery Activity Study

Name of researcher(s): Duane Corbett, Ph.D and Ian McWherter, O.D.

Project Title: Cataract Surgery Activity Study

Project Description (250 word limit): This study will investigate the effects of cataract surgery on the daily activities levels in elderly patients.

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Accepting new research interns: no

Research Request