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Research Ethics Course

August 31 – November 30​, 2021
Every Tuesday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time​


“Class was led in such a way to not teach u​s
the right or wrong answer, but instead to make us think about how we want to approach
difficult situations.” 

“Only class in my 8 years of college education where I came to class prepared and willing
to add to discussion topics.”

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 subject 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. ​


  • Course Sch​edule and Topic Areas

Completion Requirements: 

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

  • Achieve a minimum of 80% on all graded assignments and participation. 
  • Have 100% attendance (unless prior approval is received from course instructors). 


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Mark Gleason​ and Leonor Leandro, Professors, Iowa State University Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology. Both instructors have led this course at Iowa State annually for the past 13 years, using online and in-person formats. ​

​Course Fee (Limited time - Introductory 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 

Cancellation Policy 

Meeting cancellations MUST be made in writing and received no later than August 20, 2021 and are subject to a $25 cancellation fee. Registration cancellations received after August 20 2021, are NOT subject to a refund. If the association cancels this course, your registration fee will be refunded in full. By registering for this meeting, you agree to the cancellation and refund terms and 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