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Fall 2019 Course: Get Certified in the Responsible Conduct of Research!

Every semester, the Academic Integrity & Research Ethics center (AIRE) offers courses for Responsible Conduct of Research certification (RCR) as well as general knowledge in research ethics. The contents are interesting to most graduate students and cover topics such as plagiarism, human subjects and other animals in research, authorship and publication issues, and more.

These are generally offered as 1 credit courses, but may also be taken for FREE, non-transcript credit by registering on the AIRE website. See current offerings below!

Certification in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is required for graduate students, undergraduate students, and post-docs, who are supported by federal funding such as that from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

TWO ways to sign up! Plan A (transcript credit) and Plan B (free, non-transcript credit).

Plan A. For transcript credit, below are listed the Fall 2019 classes that you can register for now. Notice that there are multiple sections and formats. One class (the OILS / NSMS sections) are classes that meet in-person AND broadcast simultaneously as an iTV class.

  1. Social and Ethical Issues in Nanotechnology (AKA Research Ethics and RCR Certification). This one-credit, 8-week class has lectures, guest speakers, and self-driven projects.
    • WHEN: Tuesdays 4:00 PM – 5:20 PM, August 22—October 17
    • LOCATION: Woodward Lecture Hall 149 (and simultaneous broadcast)
    • PURPOSE: Research ethics certification (RCR) and professional development tool
    • REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
      • In-Person: NSMS 550-002 (CRN 63109)  OR OILS 593-001 (CRN 63111)
      • Online (iTV broadcast): NSMS 550-001 (CRN 63110) OR OILS 593-002 (CRN 63112)
  2. Scientific Integrity (AKA Research Ethics and RCR certification)
    • WHEN: Wednesday and Thursday, August 14 and 15, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
    • LOCATION: TBD. Contact instructor (wgannon@unm.edu) for more information
    • PURPOSE: Research Ethics (RCR) certification & professional development tool; special class for all incoming Biology graduate students. There may be room for additional graduate students. Please contact instructor.
    • REGISTRTION INFORMATION: BIO; 502-025 (CRN 39577)
  3. Research Ethics Certification for New Graduate Students in Psychology
    • WHEN: Thursdays, August 29—September 19, 1:30 PM – 3:10 PM
    • LOCATION: Logan Hall 226
    • PURPOSE: Research Ethics certification (RCR) and professional development tool for psychology graduate students
    • REGISTRATION INFORMATION: PSY 505-001 (CRN 56301). Permission required to register for transcript credit. Contact instructor: wgannon@unm.edu.
  4. Research Ethics Certification for Undergraduate Students Funded in PREP and MARC. This 8-week class has lectures, guest speakers, and self-driven projects.
    • WHEN: Wednesdays, October 16—December 4 (no class October 30), 4:00-5:40 PM
    • LOCATION: TBD. Contact instructor (wgannon@unm.edu) for more information.
    • PURPOSE: Research ethics certification (RCR) and professional development tool for undergraduate biology students
    • REGISTRATION INFORMATION: BIOL 402. Permission required to register for transcript credit. Contact instructor: wgannon@unm.edu

PLAN B: For free, non-transcript attendance (you'll still receive RCR Certification upon completion), click here.  By signing up only for the certification, you can attend any of the courses listed above and receive the research ethics certificate that may be required for you.

Please contact Dr. Bill Gannon (wgannon@unm.edu) with questions about any of these offerings.

These RCR certificate-only courses are offered in connection with PAW, the Professional and Academic Workshop series. Find more workshops and learn about the PAW certificate program by clicking on the link below or visiting paw.unm.edu.



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