Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible Conduct of Research

All students participating in the YEAR Program are required to take classes and participate in courses on ethics and responsible conduct of research. In addition to the courses on these topics offered as part of the veterinary professional curriculum, several other classes and courses are offered by the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) program.

The objective of the RCR program is to provide graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, staff and NSF funded undergraduate students with information, training, and tools to address the increasingly complex issues that they will confront during their careers.

These topics include:

  • Animal Subjects in Research
  • Collaborative Research including Collaborations with Industry
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Contemporary Ethical Issues in Biomedical Research
  • Data Acquisition and Laboratory Tools; Management, Sharing and Ownership
  • Human Subjects in Research
  • Mentor/Mentee Responsibilities and Relationships
  • Peer Review
  • Research Misconduct
  • Responsible Authorship and Publication
  • The Scientist as a Responsible Member of Society and the Environmental and Societal Impacts of Scientific Research

The 60 minute lecture-discussion sessions will be offered at both the Davis and Sacramento campuses. Sessions will consist of a lecture by a guest speaker, followed by an Office of Research-led discussion. Participants who attend eight sessions will receive a certificate of completion for the Responsible Conduct of Research program.

These sessions will be taught and facilitated by members of the faculty and administration with particular knowledge and expertise of the specific RCR topics.

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