Responsible Conduct of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities


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. Pero Dagbovie, Dean of The Graduate School, 517-353-3220,


Topics for 2022-2023 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 a discussion session.

All workshops will be conducted virtually at the designated time, 6:00-7:30 pm. Zoom link information will be provided to registrants.

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

Ethics in Research and Creative Activity, and Effective Mentoring (1200-ILT), September 6, 2022

Authorship, Plagiarism and Peer Review (4195-ILT), October 11, 2022

Detrimental Research Practices, Teamwork and Conflict Resolution (3620-ILT), November 15, 2022

Data and Data Management and Research Collaborations (3388-ILT), December 6, 2022

Research Misconduct and Reporting, January 17, 2023

Animal Subjects and Animal Use Protocols - IACUC, February 14, 2023

Human Subjects and Human Subject Use Protocols - IRB, March 14, 2023

Rigor and Reproducibility, April 4, 2023

Non-Disclosure Agreements, Intellectual Property and Export Controls, April 25, 2023

Possible Options for Annual Refresher RCR Education

The Center for Statistical Training and Consultation (CSTAT) at MSU offers seminars and workshops regularly (at least once each semester) that can fulfill Annual Refresher RCR Education requirements. Details on the workshops and other events can be found at Example workshops include:

  1. Ten Simple Rules for Reproducibility
  2. Initial Data Analysis
  3. Writing High Impact Papers
  4. CSTAT Data Management Workshop