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. Eric Torng, Responsible Administrator of The Graduate School, 517-353-3220, or


Topics for 2021-2022 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 in the Spring semester of 2022 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 14, 2021

Authorship, Plagiarism and Peer Review (4195-ILT), October 12, 2021

Detrimental Research Practices, Peer Review, Teamwork and Conflict Resolution, November 9, 2021

Data, Data Management and Research Collaborations (3388-ILT), December 7, 2021

Research Misconduct (3390-ILT), January 18, 2022

Use of Animal Subjects and Animal Protocols (3392-ILT), February 15, 2022

Use of Human Subjects and IRBs (3391-ILT), March 15, 2022

Rigor and Reproducibility (3393-ILT), April 5, 2022

Intellectual Property, Non-Disclosure Agreements and Export Controls (3648-ILTVC), April 26, 2022

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

October 13 – 14, 2021. Big Ten Academic Alliance Responsible Conduct of Research Virtual Conference