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Responsible Conduct of Research

Programs and Education for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Education within the areas of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is important for all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Therefore, programs on RCR topics are offered throughout the academic year for free and an online short course is available year-round for those who either need to meet an RCR requirement or who are interested in learning more about responsible conduct in research. NOTE: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NC State will honor timely requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities.


Fall 2015 RCR Seminars

In-person workshops on RCR:

*Registration for In-person events begin on August 19, 2015

RCR: Conflicts of Interest in Research
Presenters: Richard Best & Jill Dale
Wednesday, September 30, 1-3PM
Talley Student Union, Room 4280

An overview of how behaviors and circumstances have the potential to compromise or bias professional judgment and objectivity. Discussion will include definitions, case studies, and the current regulatory and policy environment for the reporting, oversight, and management of conflicts of interest. Register here

RCR: Introduction to Data Management Planning
Presenters: Hilary Davis, Will Cross, Mohan Ramaswamy, and Karen Ciccone
Tuesday, October 27, 2-4PM
Talley Student Union, Room 4280

Whether at work or at home, everyone generates a large amount of data. This data can include digital photos, data from your research work, or different versions of your research paper or thesis. Creating a foundation of good data management practices early in a researcher’s career is critical to shaping long-term habits. In this workshop we will discuss different types of data, how to organize and document your data, file formats, naming and tagging conventions, storage options, and data sharing considerations. You will also learn about essential components of a data management plan (DMP) required by most federal funding agencies. Register here

The RCR initiative offers the following online resources, available 24/7:

On-Demand: Navigating the Dangerous Waters of Plagiarism
On-Demand: Intro to RCR

Still searching for in-person workshops on RCR and related topics? The Libraries offer a series of workshops that may be of interest, including the following topics:

Be a Leader of the Pack: Make Information Resources Work for You and Your Lab
Effective Patent Searching Everywhere
Legal Issues for Academic Authors and Instructors


RCR Topics at a Glance: Intro to RCR On-Demand

Need some quick information on one of the main RCR topics? (i.e., mentoring, conflicts of interest, authorship and peer review, data management, and/or research misconduct?) If so, access the "on demand" Intro to RCR event through the PFL On Demand Moodle page. There is no need to register or formally enroll; simply choose the topic you need to explore.


RCR 101: Foundations in the Responsible Conduct of Research (online short course)

In January 2010, an online course was developed by the Graduate School to provide graduate students and postdocs with instruction in the core principles of RCR common to all disciplines, such as data management, responsible authorship and peer review, and proper research conduct. This course provides training in RCR in compliance with mandates from federal funding agencies such as NSF and NIH. E-mail to enroll in RCR 101.


Research Ethics Modules (online)

Research Ethics Modules: These curricular resources on RCR topics each contain an introduction to the issue, a central reading, a case study, study questions, and a list of resources on the topic. These resource compilations, available as Microsoft Word documents, provide excellent introductions to RCR topics and can be used in part or as a whole to complement graduate courses.


Open Seminar in Research Ethics (online)

OpenSeminar in Research Ethics: The research ethics topics are also available in an online module format via OpenSeminar.



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