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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Training for Ph.D. Students

As a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution, UNH is accountable to both New Hampshire residents and the university community to ensure the safe and ethical conduct of research and scholarly activity. To maintain its extensive research endeavors and the involvement of undergraduates and graduate students in research projects, UNH has an obligation to teach and actively promote integrity in research and scholarship.

To achieve these goals, the Graduate Council has mandated all incoming Ph.D. students attend RCR training by the end of their first semester. Students may fulfill this requirement by EITHER:

  • Completing 11 Web-based RCR modules (see below) AND
  • Attending the RCR training session on Friday, October 2, 2015, from 12:30–4:00 p.m., in the Memorial Union Building (MUB) Granite State Room; please visit the RCR Training online registration page to register for the session.

More information will be provided (via Graduate School email communication) to students who need to meet this requirement. Additional registration information for those who elect to attend the training session and complete the Web-based modules will follow as well.

Online Modules

Students completing the RCR requirement by attending the training session must complete and certify, via email, completion of 11 Web-based RCR modules prior to attending the session. These modules offer introductions to content and issues that will be discussed at the session; it is therefore imperative that students complete these modules before attending the session. Modules can be accessed at the UNH RCR Modules website.

Modules may be completed according to the individual's own timeframe, over multiple sessions. Allow approximately 30 minutes for each module. Each module presents:

  • Learning objectives
  • A case study featuring ethical issues pertaining to the topic area
  • Content that supports the learning objective. Where applicable, content is institution-specific. Links to pertinent websites, resources, and bibliographic references are provided throughout the material. Important terms are defined on-screen. Adobe Reader may be required to read some information that is in PDF format and can be be downloaded for free from the Adobe Website.
  • Review scenarios at the end of the content section
  • The same case study at the end of the content with ethical issues identified
  • A way to certify completion at the end of the module (Note: In order to certify completion of a module all review questions must be answered correctly). For students completing the RCR requirement by attending the training session, ALL modules must be certified as complete prior to attending the session.

National Science Foundation (NSF) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA) RCR Training Mandates

Individuals at UNH taking the 11 RCR modules to fulfill part of the NSF RCR training mandate and/or the USDA NIFA RCR training mandate must complete the certification form at the end of every module, and indicate this purpose in the comments section of the form in order to ensure credit.

If you have questions about the modules please email Julie Simpson, Director of Research Integrity Services.

Financial support for the development of these instructional modules was provided by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through a $25,000 Responsible Conduct of Research Resource Development Program grant. This grant supported approximately 80% of the project's costs.