CaRES Seminar Series 2017

Overview and Description of RCR Online Training

The CaRES Seminar Series for 2017 has three components:

  1. Online training in “RCR” as described below and detailed on the attached PDF; this can be done on your own, at your convenience, but must be completed by July 7, 2017
  2. Three in-class seminars, described here, that indicates the seminar dates, topics, and speakers
  3. A poster competition for CaRES students, with awards given to the best posters, as described in the companion document

The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is an essential component of research training. As an institution, UAB has a strong and ongoing commitment to the responsible conduct of research. In summer 2017, all CaRES interns are required to successfully complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiatives (CITI) online “RCR Abbreviated Course for Undergraduates.”  (Note: do not be confused by the term “Undergraduates” as it is simply CITI’s term for the abbreviated version of the course that is appropriate for summer students.) This short, introductory course in RCR covers the core norms, principles, regulations, and rules governing the practice of research that students engaged in short-term research experiences should become familiar with.  The modules provide an overview of core RCR topics including authorship, plagiarism, data management, mentoring, and research misconduct. Case studies and videos are used to supplement key concepts.

Directions for registering and accessing the “RCR Abbreviated Course for Undergraduates” are found in the PDF attached.  As described in the PDF, CaRES students must complete 6 of the 11 modules to obtain their certificate of RCR completion from CITI.  Each module should take 30 minutes or less to complete, and up to 3 hours to complete 6 modules, so we suggest that you do not delay in getting started!  Interns must complete their training and email their certificate of completion to CaRES Program Director Dr. Peter Smith ( and to CaRES Evaluation Director Dr. Allison Litton ( no later than Friday, July 7, 2017.  Drs.  Smith and Litton will monitor the completion of this material by all CaRES students, and may send you reminders if needed. 

Please contact Dr. Smith or Dr. Litton if you have any questions or concerns.  Thank you!

Dr. John Waterbor

May 15, 2017