Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

The MSU College of Engineering takes seriously the responsibility to train students in the responsible conduct of research.  All graduate students within the College are required to participate in appropriate RCR training each year.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • The RTTS system will not allow me to create a new account for 2017; what should I do? Just add your 2017 training hours to your RTTS report for 2016-17.
  • I need help with the RTTS system (logging in, creating an account, etc.); what should I do? Email grs-help@egr.msu.edu for assistance.
  • I already completed my RCR training for this year, but I got a reminder message; what should I do? The reminder message was sent to all students; if you have already completed your RCR training for this year you can disregard that message.
  • I am a BME or CMSE graduate student; do I have to do RCR? Yes. All graduate students affiliated with the MSU College of Engineering are required to complete RCR training each year.
  • I am a non-thesis (or coursework-only) MS student in Engineering; do I have to do RCR? Yes. All graduate students affiliated with the MSU College of Engineering are required to complete RCR training each year.
  • I did RCR last year; do I have to do it again this year? Yes. RCR is an annual requirement and must be completed each year while you are a graduate student.
  • I am graduating this semester; do I need to do RCR? RCR is a graduation requirement and must be completed prior to graduation. However, if you have already received notice from the MSU Graduate School that your degree requirements are completed, meaning that you are no longer a student, then you are not required to file a report of your RCR training for 2017.


RCR-Related Professional Development Seminars

The College of Engineering hosts regular professional development seminars for graduate students; some of these may be counted towards students' RCR training requirements, with the advisor's approval.

For calendar year 2017, seminars with RCR focus include:

  • Spring Semester New Graduate Student Orientation (1/6/17) Presented by: Dr. Katy Luchini Colbry
  • Annual Report Training Seminar (1/11/17) Presented by: Dr. Katy Luchini Colbry
  • Annual Report Training Seminar (1/12/17) Presented by: Dr. Katy Luchini Colbry
  • MSU and Engineering Libraries (2/2/17) Presented by: Tom Volkening
  • Preparing an Effective Research Poster (3/2/17) Presented by: Dr. Tom Wolff
  • Fall Semester New Graduate Student Orientation (8/29/17) Presented by: Dr. Katy Luchini Colbry
  • MSU and Engineering Libraries (10/20/17) Presented by: Tom Volkening
  • Data Management (11/3/17) Presented by: Scout Calbert
  • RCR Training Seminar (11/13/17) Presented by: Dr. Katy Luchini Colbry
  • RCR Training Seminar (11/28/17) Presented by: Dr. Katy Luchini Colbry

For calendar year 2016, seminars with RCR focus include:

  • Spring Semester New Graduate Student Orientation (1/8/16) Presented by: Dr. Katy Luchini Colbry
  • Annual Report Training Seminar (1/14/16) Presented by: Dr. Katy Luchini Colbry
  • Annual Report Training Seminar (1/20/16) Presented by: Dr. Katy Luchini Colbry
  • Preparing an Effective Research Poster (2/25/16) Presented by: Dr. Tom Wolff
  • Fall Semester New Graduate Student Orientation (8/30/16) Presented by: Dr. Katy Luchini Colbry
  • Annual Report and RCR Training Seminar (11/4/16) Presented by: Dr. Katy Luchini Colbry
  • Data Management (11/18/16) Presented by: MSU Library


External Resources

The National Academy of Sciences has developed a book entitled "On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research (3rd Edition)" which is available for free download through the National Academies Press.  You can also access a copy of the PDF document by CLICKING HERE.  There is also a free podcast and video to accompany the lessons in this book.

Other publications of the National Academies that relate to ethical research practices include:

  • "Sharing Clinical Trial Data: Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing Risk"  (available as a free download)
  • "Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in the Behavioral and Social Sciences"  (available as a free download)
  • "Ensuring the Integrity, Accessibility, and Stewardship of Research Data in the Digital Age"  (available as a free download)

Additional free resources are available through the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science.