RCR for Undergraduates

TO: Undergraduate Students

FROM: Vice Provost for Research

Because you are beginning work on a project funded by NSF or NIH, you are being asked to complete a short series of on-line tutorials on conducting research responsibly. The tutorials are only an introduction to very complex subjects. Once you have completed the tutorials, we encourage you to broaden your understanding by discussing these topics further with your mentor and colleagues.

Your RCR certification is satisfied by completing a set of three tutorials -two on Misconduct in Research and Data Management and a third chosen among Authorship, Mentee/Mentor Responsibilities or Collaborative Research. Five disciplinary tracks have been established. Please pick the one that best fits the discipline of the project on which you are working:

  1. Social and Behavioral Research (sociology, economics, political science, psychology, history, cultural anthropology)
  2. Physical Sciences Research (physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and statistical sciences)
  3. Engineering Research (civil, environmental, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering)
  4. Arts & Humanities Research (religion, art history, classical studies, English, literature, music, philosophy)
  5. Biomedical Research (biology, evolutionary anthropology, biomedical engineering, neuroscience)

When you go to the CITI site, be sure to register your Participating Institution as Duke University Undergraduate RCR, and not Duke Medicine, Duke University- Non-Medical Research, or Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore.

Click here to access the training modules: CITI

Note - if your research involves human subjects, vertebrate animals or certain types of hazardous substances or equipment, you will be required to complete further ethical and safety training.