Research Ethics Course - Online Every Wednesday, January 18 - April 19, 2023

Don't miss this unique experience - APS's course is interactive and discussion-based. 

“It really opened my eyes to a lot of things that should be obvious to researchers, but are not.”
“It was great to learn from so many different people from different countries and at different career stages.”

​​​​January 18 – April 19​, 2023​
Wednesdays •​ 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. US Central Time

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Course Overview

Scientific research has never been more important to society’s wellbeing. But misconduct scand​als undermine public support for science. How can you support a high standard of research conduct and encourage others to do the same?

This interactive, discussion-based course series explores how to model and advocate for high ethical standards despite pressures to do otherwise. We take a deep dive into the subje​ct to help you avoid and manage ethical dilemmas. It’s no accident that Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) formal training is a required component of NSF, NIH, and USDA NIFA grant applications. Specifically for NIH grants, “acceptable [RCR training] programs generally involve at least eight contact hours.”

This virtual, real-time course meets 1 hour a week for 14 weeks, using the online resource “Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research” by Nicholas Steneck as its main text. Each class session has approximately 1 hour of pre-work to complete and turn in prior to the next class. This course includes ample small group discussion around case studies and short readings. 

Course Outcomes:

  • Gain a clearer focus on ethical issues that arise in research.
  • Develop strategies for upholding personal ethical standards in research.
  • Increase awareness of research policies and the need for compliance.
  • Learn how to deal with research misconduct by others.
  • Build skills to succeed in mentoring, collaborating, publishing, and reviewing. 

This course is best suited for graduate students, post-doctorates (within 5 years of graduation), research staff members, and lab technicians. ​

​Completion Requirements: 

To receive a Certificate of Completion toward NIH, NSF, and USDA NIFA training requirements, attendees must: 

  • Meet 80% class attendance
  • Complete 80% of all assignments


The instructors have led this course at Iowa State University annually for the past 14​ years, using online and in-person formats. ​​  ​

​Mark Gleason
Professor, Iowa State Universit​y

Leonor F. Leandro
Professor, Iowa State University

Course Fee 

  • APS Student, Early Career, or Undergraduate Members: $79 
  • APS Members: $99 
  • Non Member: $199 

Tuition Includes:

  • An opportunity to learn from experts in the field
  • Certificate of completion to include in your RCR plan
  • Educational materials 
  • Relationship-building opportunities 

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Cancellation Policy

Registration cancellations MUST be made in writing and received no later than January 5, 2023 and are subject to a $25 cancellation fee. Registration cancellations received after January 5, 2023, are NOT subject to a refund. If the association cancels this course, your registration fee will be refunded in full. By registering for this course, you agree to the cancellation and refund terms a​nd conditions.​ 

Questions? Contact: 

The American Phytopathological Society ​​
3352 Sherman Ct, Suite 202 
St. Paul, MN 55121 
Telephone: +1.651.454.7250 
Fax: +1.651.454.0766