University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) training available

Ethics are fundamental to all university activities. Ethical behavior is crucial to maintaining the credibility and perceived value of UWM's scholarship in the minds of our colleagues and the general public. To this end it is important that all scholars, from undergraduates to senior faculty, incorporate ethical standards, defensible behavior and sound decision-making in all of their academic endeavors.

Furthermore, for proposals submitted on or after January, 2010, training in the responsible conduct of research is a requirement of certain federal research awards. The National Science Foundation (NSF) mandates that all undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers who receive financial support for research through NSF must receive training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR). Similarly, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) require RCR instruction for all trainees, fellows, participants and scholars receiving support through NIH programs for research training, career development, or research education.

UWM has developed a high quality program that will meet the requirements of the funding agencies and provide meaningful RCR training to our students, faculty and staff. The seminar series will cover data integrity, plagiarism, financial and other conflicts of interest, working with human subjects, radiation safety and animal care, and other topics. A certificate of completion will be provided to attendees who complete the entire program.

The first class in the series is scheduled for Sept. 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Room 195 Mitchell Hall. Registration is through MyDev (preferred) or at the door.

Researchers who have submitted NSF and NIH grant proposals on or after Jan. 1, 2010, are strongly urged to get their students and post-docs trained now so that UWM can meet the regulatory requirements as their research grants come on line. Regulations aside, the seminar presents us with an opportunity to induct all of our young researchers into a campus-wide culture of ethical research. Therefore, all faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. Space constraints limit the fall seminar series to 100 attendees, however, so early MyDev reservations are highly recommended.

Additional is available on-line at:, or contact Mark Doremus ( or 414-750-4739.

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