RCR: Being an Early Career Scholar

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Erickson Hall Kiva, Room 103

Slides from the 9/17/14 Presentation

Graduate students are required to complete advanced disciplinary studies through formal coursework and independent scholarship to prepare themselves for productive and rewarding careers in diverse settings, not just for academic research positions. The specific makeup and details of these programs are established by the respective departments and programs. The establishment of academic standards for evaluating student performance is the responsibility of the faculty comprising the program and specifically those who assume responsibility for advising individual students. Establishment of such standards are subject to general university and other policies, procedures, laws and regulations. One important such area relates to academic integrity. Each graduate program is expected to have a Graduate Handbook to "inform students on course and program requirements, on the timetable for the selection of a faculty advisor and the formation of a guidance committee, on examinations and graduation requirements and policy for dismissal as required by the Graduate Students Rights and Responsibilities document" according to the Graduate Handbook Template. Departmental and Program perspectives concerning academic integrity and how this is to be communicated to students should be incorporated in each handbook.

This first program in the Responsible Conduct of Research series is intended to focus attention on the broad issues of Integrity in Research and Creative Studies that will be discussed in more detail throughout the remainder of the series and to stress the importance of conducting research with integrity and the consequences when it is not, both at MSU during graduate school and afterward within professional disciplines and in diverse employment situations.

Pre-Workshop Readings

Pre-Workshop Tasks (Graduate Program Advisors will be invited to attend this workshop)

  • Will be assigned by email prior to the Workshop.


Office of the Ombudsman

Research Integrity Officer


R. de Vries, B.C. Martinson, and M.S. Anderson. 2006. Normal Misbehavior: Scientists Talk About the Ethics of Research. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics 1(1):43-50.

B.C. Martinson, M.S. Anderson, A.L. Crain, and R. de Vries,. 2006. Scientists' Perceptions of Organizational Justice and Self-Reported Misbehaviors. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics 1(1):51-66.

B.C. Martinson, M.S. Anderson and R. de Vries. 2005. Scientists Behaving Badly. Nature 435(9):737-738.

Steneck, Nicholas H. 2004. ORI Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research. The U.S. Government Printing Office. 164 pp.

Pimple, K.D. 2002. Six domains of research ethics: A heuristic framework for the responsible conduct of research. Science and Engineering Ethics 8:191-205. (by permission through the Poynter Center, Indiana University)

Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, Phillip A. Griffiths, Chair. 1997. Adviser, Teacher, Role Model, Friend: On Being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering. National Academy Press, 84pp. [Open Book - Searchable]

Prior Registration is Required for all RCR Workshops! As of 9/15/14, registration for this workshop is closed.