Responsible Conduct of Research Training

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) involves being aware of and putting into practice the established professional norms and ethical principles of research. Intellectual honesty and responsible conduct is necessary for excellence in research and for maintenance of public trust. More and more, privately and publicly funded research institutions see RCR as an essential component of training.

Michigan Tech has developed several training programs to support graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in their professional development and fulfill obligations to sponsors of our research programs.

All graduate students must complete Basic and Advanced RCR training as described below. Students can view their records of completion of RCR training on MyMichiganTech.

Basic RCR Training Requirements

All graduate students must complete basic responsible conduct of research training in their first semester at Michigan Tech. This includes students seeking a master's degree, doctoral degree, or certificate. If the training is not completed, a registration hold will be placed on the student's account. Students may not register for future semesters, graduate, or enter candidacy if the training is not complete.

To fulfill this requirement, students will complete Orientation to Graduate Studies and Research on Canvas.

Advanced RCR Training Requirements

All master's and doctoral seeking graduate students must complete advanced training in their second or third semester. Students may not graduate or enter candidacy if the training is not complete.

Completing Training

Degree option Requirements
MS Thesis/Report, PhD Pre-approved course for advanced RCR training
Online, MS Coursework

Advanced online CITI training course OR

Pre-approved course for advanced RCR training

Program-Specific Training

Graduate programs may require additional training for their students. Graduate program directors for each program have more information.

Students conducting research with human or animal subjects will need to complete additional training prior to beginning their research. Contact the Office of Research Integrity for more information and assistance.

Resources are also available for: