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Courses and Workshops

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

Every semester, the Academic Integrity & Research Ethics initiative (AIRE) offers courses for Responsible Conduct of Research certification (RCR) as well as general knowledge about topics such as plagiarism, animal and human subjects in research, authorship and publication issues, and more. These are generally offered as 1 credit courses, but may also be taken for FREE, non-transcripted credit by registering on the AIRE website.

For the class listed below, successful completion will result in Certification in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) required for stuents, post-docs, and others supported by federal funding. If you would like to take the course for free (no transcript credit, but you'll still receive RCR Certification upon completion), please register here

This semester's offerings include:

  • "Integrity and Ethics in Research"
    • Thursdays, February 7 - April 4, 2019
      4:00 - 5:40 PM, UAEC B69
      Register for 1-credit with OILS 593-002 (CRN 43909). For free, non-transcripted attendance, click here. This 8-week class has lectures, guest speakers, and self-driven projects. The schedule is as follows:
      • February 7th: Introduction to responsible and ethical conduct in research. Includes an overview of NSF AND NIH training requirements.
      • February 14th: Whistleblowing and mentoring issues
      • February 21st: Mentoring workshop and ethical issues arising in the use of animals in research
      • February 28th: More on the ethical issues arising in the use of animals in research and ethical issues arising in the use of humans in research
      • March 7th: Frankenstein and the IRB; authorship, data management, and peer review ethics
      • March 21st: Collaborative research in the social sciences
      • March 28th: Issues in research ethics guest speaker
      • April 4th: Class presentations

This intensive 1-credit class that will familiarize you with acceptable practices in research publication, data management, working with humans and other animals in research, conflicts of interest, mentoring (like picking a great mentor or advisor), predatory publications, retractions, whistleblowing ethics, avoiding plagiarism and other misconduct issues. Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Certification is required of students who are supported by federal funding such as NSF and NIH. We urge all research-active students to complete research ethics certification. Certificates are issued to those who complete the course.

Please contact Dr. Bill Gannon ( with questions about the course.


These 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