Graduate College Workshops
Responsible Conduct of Research
Quality graduate education includes the responsible conduct of research (RCR). Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is committed to promoting RCR and maintaining high standards of ethics and accountability in research activities at FAU.
Responsible conduct of research is defined as the practice of academic investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to research and other scholarly activities. Recent changes by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) requiring RCR training for all postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students supported by NSF or NIH funding underscore the importance of the proper conduct of research.
RCR Workshops at FAU
The Graduate College, in partnership with the Division of Research, offers a series of workshops each semester on Responsible Conduct of Research to all currently-enrolled graduate students at FAU. All graduate students engaged in active research at FAU are strongly encouraged to attend these workshops. The workshops are led by FAU faculty and staff, and cover the nine instructional areas of RCR as described below. There is no fee to attend.
Please click here to view the workshop schedule for the Spring 2012 semester and to register for the RCR workshops. To obtain the most benefit from the RCR workshops, students should complete CITI online training prior to attending RCR workshops. Please note that CITI training need be completed only once and covers general RCR education.
CITI Training in RCR
The Division of Research and the Graduate College together provide RCR training and education for FAU students. In addition to the RCR workshops, FAU also provides RCR education through CITI - Collaborative Inter-Institutional Training Initiative. The RCR courses offered through CITI online training are discipline specific. Currently, CITI offers five different RCR courses: Biomedical Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Scholarly Activities in the Humanities. RCR topics covered by each CITI course include: Research Misconduct, Data Management, Conflict of Interest, Collaborative Science, Responsible Authorship, Mentoring, Peer Review, Lab Animals and Human Subjects.
Not sure which CITI course to take for RCR? Use the following table to locate your degree program/major and select the CITI RCR course best suited for your discipline. Please note this table is simply a guide and your research might require a CITI course different than your area of study.
Click here to access the CITI RCR training.
CITI RCR Courses
- Biological Sciences
- Biomedical Science
- Business Biotechnology
- Complex Systems and Brain Sciences
- Integrative Biology
- Medical Physics
Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Applied Math and Statistics
- Environmental Education
- Environmental Science
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical Engineering
- Information Technology and Management (Business and Engineering)
- Mechanical Engineering
- Ocean Engineering
Scholarly Activities in the Humanities
RCR Areas of Focus
The nine instructional areas of focus for RCR education and training included:
- Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership. Managing research data properly touches on trade secrets, patents, copyrights and intellectual property.
- Conflict of Interest and Commitment. The legal term “conflict of interest” spans behaviors and actions involving personal gain or financial benefit.
- Human Subjects. Numerous entities govern the use of human subject research ranging from safe practices to informed consent.
- Animal Welfare. The use of animals in experiments is an important research tool and must be conducted in a humane manner.
- Research Misconduct. In order to advance knowledge, research must be performed ethically and accurately.
- Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship. Properly preparing research findings for dissemination is an important facet of the responsible research process.
- Mentor / Trainee Responsibilities. Mentors are responsible for the guidance and development of their mentee to include academic, career, technical and ethical growth.
- Peer Review. Peer review refers to the process of ensuring research proposals and manuscripts meet established standards.
- Collaborative Science. In today’s technical world, most researchers collaborate with other institutions, agencies and private industry to share knowledge and funding.
Click here to view the Office of Research Integrity’s website for additional RCR Resources.