Responsible Conduct of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities

Responsible Conduct of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Workshop Series

The Graduate School requirement of graduate students for Responsible Conduct of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (RCRSCA) education includes (i) on-line training modules (CITI) and (ii) a series of in-person, discussion-based workshops. These workshops allow questions/issues/concerns that may have been raised while completing the required CITI modules to be addressed, and they reinforce important points introduced in the modules. Moreover, these sessions serve to develop a culture of responsible conduct and fulfill the face-to-face hours and content required by federal funding agencies (e.g., NIH and NSF).

Workshop Series Coordinators

Dr. Greg Swain, 517-353-1090,

Dr. Thomas D. Jeitschko, Dean of The Graduate School, 517-353-3220, or

Topics for 2019-2020 Face-to-Face RCRSCA Workshops

Discussions will be based around a main presentation given by Dr. Greg Swain, or by other individuals from key units across campus. The purpose for these workshops is to help students better understand about the importance of responsible conduct, learn about proper research and creative activity practices, and connect to important regulatory and information offices across the MSU campus. Each topic, as listed below, is paralleled by a CITI lesson such that a student could pair an online module with by a face-to-face discussion.

  • All RCR workshops will be held in Erickson Hall, 620 Farm Lane, Kiva, East Lansing, MI 48824
  • Check-In 5:15 – 5:50 p.m.
  • Workshop Programs 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

All workshop slides and other materials can be found in Ability as “Class Documents” under each workshop/course.

Responsible Conduct of Research and Importance of Mentoring, September 17, 2019

Authorship and Plagiarism, October 8, 2019

Conflicts of Interest, Peer Review and Collaboration, November 12, 2019 (CANCELLED. Rescheduled for January 28, 2020)

Data and Data Management, December 3, 2019

Use of Human Subjects and IRBs, January 21, 2020

Use of Animal Subjects and Animal Protocols, February 18, 2020 Rescheduled to April 14

Rigor and Reproducibility, March 17, 2020

Research Misconduct, Investigations and Review, April 14, 2020 Rescheduled to February 18

2020-21 Tentative RCRSCA Workshop Schedule

  • September 15th - Ethics in Research and Creative Activity, and Effective Mentoring
  • October 13th - Authorship, Plagiarism and Peer Review
  • November 10th - Strategies for Effective Team Authorship Decisions: Power Dynamics, Authorship Policies, and Team Climate
  • December 1st - Data, Data Management and Research Collaborations
  • January 19th - Research Misconduct
  • February 16th - Use of Animal Subjects and Animal Protocols
  • March 16th - Use of Human Subjects and IRBs
  • April 6th - Rigor and Reproducibility
  • April 27th - Intellectual Property, Non-Disclosure Agreements and Export Controls