What is Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training?
RCR training for graduate students is a vital part of your professional development. RCR training represents a wide range of topics in which you as a graduate student -- conducting research or carrying out your responsibilities as a Research Assistant or Teaching Assistant -- might encounter an ethical dilemma. Topics range from data collection to authorship, from animal care to use human subjects, and from promoting academic integrity in the classroom to mentoring relationships with faculty.
Why RCR training matters:
Responsible conduct of research is foundational to the very nature of conducting good research that gains the public trust and contributes to the improvement of humanity and society. Good scholarship relies upon the honesty and integrity of individual researchers and the 'community of scholars.' The federal government defines research misconduct as "fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results." Beyond the clear violations, 'questionable research practices' have the potential to lead toward misconduct. As graduate students completing a research degree and preparing for scholarly careers, it is vital to develop the knowledge and skills required to conduct research according to professional standards.