What is RCR?

The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is a critical component of research and scholarly efforts at academic institutions. Most broadly, it serves to uphold public trust in research endeavors by helping ensure the impartiality and ethical conduct of investigators. This is demonstrated through the adherence to both public laws and institutional policies, commitment to best practices and high personal convictions, and observation of professional codes. Additionally, funding agencies, including NSF and NIH, have expectations about RCR training for students involved in mentored research.

What are the RCR requirements for trainees in the Department of Biology at UAB?

  • Undergraduates
  • M.S. students (Plan I and Plan II)
  • Ph.D. students

RCR Online Training Program

Undergraduates (that perform research for volunteer, course credit or pay) are required to complete an online training program covering six topic areas of RCR:

  • research, ethics, and society
  • research misconduct
  • data management
  • plagiarism
  • authorship
  • collaborative research

Instructions to access RCR training

  • Visit the training section of the Undergraduate Research website.
  • Select the RCR Policty and Procedures tab.
  • Follow the steps outlined in the How to Access Online Training section.

M.S. students are required to complete the six topic areas of the RCR online training program and two hours of in-person discussions.

RCR Online Training Program

RCR topic areas:

  • research, ethics, and society
  • research misconduct
  • data management
  • plagiarism
  • authorship
  • collaborative research

Instructions to access RCR training

  • Visit the training section of the Undergraduate Research website.
  • Select the RCR Policty and Procedures tab.
  • Follow the steps outlined in the How to Access Online Training section.

In-Person Discussions

Additionally, M.S. students must participate in the equivalent of two hours of in-person discussion on RCR-related issues. These in-person training sessions will be offered once a semester.

Register for In-Person Discussions

Ph.D. students must complete the GRD 717 course (or its equivalent). GRD 717 (or its equivalent) must be completed prior to advancement to candidacy.

Documentation of RCR training

For undergraduates: After completion of online modules, an email of completion is sent to the Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research. A stamped certificate of completion can then be picked up from the office in the Smolian International House. After the certificate is printed, each student must complete a short survey to be fully certified and documented. This survey can be taken online or in the office of after completion of CITI training.

For M.S. Students: A digital or printed copy of the CITI transcript webpage showing successful completion of the online CITI Program RCR modules must be submitted to the CAS-Biology RCR Coordinator. Completion of the 2-hour in-person RCR training.

For Ph.D. Students: A record of the completion of GRD717 on your UAB transcripts.

CAS-Biology RCR Coordinator

Dr. Melissa Harris
harrisml@uab.edu

Additional UAB RCR resources