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Research Ethics Training – Graduate Students

August 28th, 2012 by Mary Wood

The Chronicle of Higher Education article:

How to Train Graduate Students in Research Ethics: Lessons from 6 Universities

discusses the new report from the Council of Graduate Schools,  “Research and Scholarly Integrity in Graduate Education: A Comprehensive Approach,” outlining the findings from the Project for Scholarly Integrity.  The six participating institutions were U Alabama Birmingham, U Arizona, Columbia, Emory, Michigan State, and Penn State.  The survey tools and the lessons learned are available at the Council on Graduate Schools.  Other universities are encouraged to consult the models to assess and improve their own ethics training.

Federal regulations require that all NSF grant recipients be trained in the “responsible and ethical conduct” of research; in 2009, the NSF said it would require only that institutions certify that they have provided ethics training.

Recipients of NIH funding must also comply with the requirement for Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (2009 NOT-OD-10-019).  Congress established the Office of Research Integrity to promote integrity in biomedical and behavioral research supported by the U.S. Public Health Service.


Related resources and sites at UC Davis include:


Research Compliance and Integrity


Research Ethics: RCR Program