Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Education
A number of avenues exist at CMU for formal learning about ethical conduct of research and the standards within this research community. Education has long been required for individuals participating in Human Subject research and Animal research at CMU. Research ethics is addressed at Graduate Student orientation, some other orientation programs and in some classes. On-line education focused on Responsible Conduct of Research is available via CITI.
Typically RCR education addresses the following topics:
- Data Acquisition and Management - collection, accuracy, security, access
- Authorship and Publication
- Peer Review
- Mentor / Trainee Responsibilities
- Conflict of Interest
- Research Misconduct
- Human Subject Research
- Use of Animals in Research
CITI On-line RCR Education
To complete the CITI on-line education course go to CITI's website.
Create an account
If you are new to CITI, select Carnegie Mellon University as your "participating institution" and create an account. Please be sure to use your name as it is in CMU's payroll, your CMU e-mail address and list your CMU department.
Once your registration is complete, you will be directed to "select your curriculum". For purposes of meeting the NSF requirement click "I do not need to take human subject research courses at this time", "I do not need to take Animal Care and Use courses at this time", and "I do not need to take the Export Control course at this time".
Choose the Responsible Conduct of Research module most appropriate to the type of research you conduct (undergraduate, biomedical, social and behavioral, physical science, humanities, administrators, or engineering).
Complete the course
The course may take a few hours to complete but can be done over a period of time. When you complete the course, CITI will e-mail your completion record to the CMU Office of Research Integrity and Compliance. You may want to print a copy of the Completion Certificate for your records
RCR Seminar Series at CMU
The CMU Office of Research Integrity and Compliance office is sponsoring an education program titled "Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series." The series is intended to provide participants with an introduction to the topics typically included in RCR curriculum. The sessions are part lecture and part discussion of case studies. Group discussion is intended to help participants understand the complexity of these issues.
Registration for the spring 2015 RCR Seminar Series is required. Interested individuals may register for a single session or multiple sessions. If you have questions about RCR education, contact the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance at 412-268-7166.
All sessions for the spring 2015 semester are from 12 - 1 pm in the CUC, except where noted**.
The current schedule for spring 2015 is as follows:
Topic and Presenter
|TUESDAY, February 24, 2015
||Using the IRB and Ethical Issues with Research Involving Human Subjects, presented by John Zimmerman, IRB Chair and Associate Professor, HCII and Design||Rangos 3
|Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Overview of Research Compliance, presented by Ann Mathias, Assistant Vice President of Research, Brad Krugel, Export Compliance Manager, and Stacey Becker, Research Compliance Coordinator, Office of Research Integrity and Compliance
|Wednesday, March 18, 2015||Data Management, presented by Matt Marsteller, Head Librarian, Engineering & Science, and Lisa Zilinski, Data Services Librarian, University Libraries
|Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Data Security, presented by Allison MacFarlan, Senior Information Security Risk Analyst, Information Security Office
|Wednesday, April 1, 2015
||Safeguarding Your Writing: Fair Use and Proper Attribution, presented by Ethan Pullman, Humanities Librarian, University Libraries
|**Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 1-3 PM
||Intellectual Property at CMU, presented by Lynn Young, Manager, Office of Sponsored Programs
|Wednesday, April 22, 2015
||Human Subject Research Best Practices, presented by Vanessa Veltre, Program Manager, Mandy Holbrook, Research Associate, SDS, and Erin Donahoe, Research Requirement Administrator/Graduate Program Coordinator, Psychology||Rangos 2
May 1, 2015, 1-3 PM
|Export Control Topics and Fundamental Research, Kevin King, Partner at Cooley LLP returns to present on relevant areas of export compliance