Scientific research has never been more important to society’s well-being, but misconduct scandals undermine public support for science. How can you demonstrate a high standard of research conduct and encourage others to do the same?
This course takes an interactive, discussion-based approach, allowing students to benefit from a wide range of perspectives on ethical issues and real-world scenarios. You will walk away ready to model and advocate for high ethical standards despite pressures to do otherwise.
We meet via Zoom one hour a week for 14 weeks and use the online resource “Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research” by Nicholas Steneck as our main text. Each class session has approximately one hour of pre-work to complete and turn in prior to the next class. This course also includes ample small-group discussion around case studies and short readings.
This course is best suited for graduate students, post-doctorates (within 5 years of graduation), research staff members, and lab technicians and meets the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training requirements for NSF, NIH, and USDA NIFA grant applications. NIH grants state, “acceptable [RCR training] programs generally involve at least eight contact hours.”
- 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.
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
|Week 1||Course Introduction: What is RCR?|
|Week 2||Research misconduct: "The Lab" video|
|Week 3||Real cases & causes of misconduct|
|Week 5||Human and animal subjects|
|Week 6||Conflict of interest|
|Week 7||Data management and security|
|Week 8||Export control and permits|
|Week 9||Mentor and trainee responsibilities|
|Week 10||Creating safe research environments |
|Week 11||Collaborative research |
Authorship and publication |
|Week 13||Peer review|
|Week 14||Constructive intervention|
The instructors have led this course at Iowa State University annually for the past 14 years, using online and in-person formats.
Professor, Iowa State University
Leonor F. Leandro
Professor, Iowa State University
- APS Student, Early Career, or Undergraduate Members: $79
- APS Members: $99
- Non-Member: $199 (includes 6 months of access to the APS Community)
- An opportunity to learn from experts and peers in the field
- Certificate of completion to include in your RCR plan
- Educational materials
- Private discussion forum in the APS Community
- Relationship-building opportunities
Registration closes on Monday, January 15, 2024.
Cancellations MUST be made in writing and received no later than January 3, 2024 and are subject to a $25 cancellation fee. Registration cancellations received after January 3, 2024, 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 and conditions.
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