The Responsible Scientist II

This course offered in the Spring semester, and required for all 4th year students, utilizes online lectures/modules, in-person lectures, and small group discussions, and focuses on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and Rigor & Reproducibility (R&R) topics for advanced graduate students. Each topic is accompanied by a short assessment to evaluate learning mastery. Small group sessions centered on expanding the online/lecture material through discussion questions and case studies build community and encourage continual embedded dialogue about best practices in RCR and R&R. Small groups are led by faculty representing each of the PhD training programs and departments. Total RCR credit: 4 hours

Session topics for 2021 include:

  • How to build successful academic and industry collaborations
  • Building and maintaining a professional network
  • Writing a scientific paper: making figures, determining authorship, and responsible referencing
  • Authorship, publication, and peer review
  • Research with human subjects and vertebrate animals
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Science and social responsibility
  • Diversity, inclusion, and representation in science and scientific literature