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Responsible Conduct of Research

Ethical and responsible conduct of research (RCR) is critical for excellence and public trust in science. Education in the responsible and ethical conduct of research is essential in the preparation of future scientists. Middlebury must certify that it has a plan in place to train all undergraduates who participate in research funded by the National Science Foundation in ethical and responsible practices for conducting research.

Middlebury has an institutional subscription for CITI Program's online training modules related to various aspects of research. The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) module is the most general one and is required for all students doing paid work on an National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project. All students are welcome to complete any of the trainings to receive a certificate of completion. It is highly recommended any student conducting independent research, working as a research assistant or on a grant funded project complete at least the RCR training.

To access the training, you will need to register and create a username and password. The training takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete. There are several multiple choice questions at the end of each module which you need to answer 80% correctly to pass. You can complete the training at your own pace and CITI will save your progress if you are timed out or log out. Try not to complete the training in one sitting. You will get more out of it if you do just a couple modules at once. Take the time to watch the (somewhat cheesy) videos and thoroughly read the text, keeping in mind your source materials as well as your own research.

Click here for instructions on creating a CITI account and adding the RCR course.

Click here for Middlebury's Responsible Conduct of Research Plan.