Dr. Isabel Escobar | Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at University of Kentucky
Dr. Isabel Escobar |
Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at University of Kentucky
As the Commonwealth’s leading engineering school, the UK College of Engineering is committed to providing faculty, staff, students, postdoctoral researchers and others with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct themselves professionally and with integrity. To this end, the College of Engineering has developed a plan for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) education consisting of varied components, each a critical element in creating an overall culture of ethics in the college and among our constituent groups.

Researchers (faculty, staff and students alike) must maintain the highest standards of scientific integrity and ethical behavior in all phases of the conduct of research. The potential for subjectivity, unconscious bias, and conflicts of interest that coincide with data collection and analysis, the attribution of responsibility and credit, the mentoring of students and fellows, and the use of human and animal subjects for research are all areas in which the researcher must be fully informed.

For these reasons, the UK College of Engineering’s Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) curriculum is designed to ensure that graduate students are made aware of the rules, regulations and guidelines governing the responsible and ethical conduct of research.

The College of Engineering’s RCR program for graduate students consists of four equally important educational components:

  1. RCR web-based course by CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative). The following website explains how to access the on-line program.
    http://www.research.uky.edu/ospa/info/docs/RCRCITIInstructions.pdf; New students must complete this requirement prior to arriving on campus.
  2. RCR seminar presented by the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
  3. Faculty-led small group discussions of pertinent case studies
  4. A written exercise from relevant case studies.

Any graduate student who does not complete these four requirements will be denied class registration for the upcoming semester.