CaRES Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training, 2018

The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is an essential component of research training.  UAB has a strong and ongoing commitment to RCR.  All CaRES students must complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiatives (CITI) online "RCR Abbreviated Course for Undergraduates."  (Note that "Undergraduates" indicates the short version of the course that is intended for summer students.)  This course covers the core norms, principles, regulations, and rules governing research practice that students engaged in short-term research experiences should understand.

This course is taught in 11 modules that provide an overview of core RCR topics including authorship, plagiarism, data management, mentoring, and misconduct.  Case studies and videos illustrate the key concepts.  Directions and links for registring and accessing this course are found under the Current Interns tab by choosing Directions for CITI Online Modules.  Also under this tab, choose Supplementary RCR Materials if you wish to view additional videos and read several case studies.  CaRES students must complete 6 of the 11 modules to obtain a certificate of RCR completion from CITI.  Each module can take 30 minutes to complete (up to 3 hours for 6 modules), so we suggest that you get started early in the summer!  Interns must email their certificate of completion to Dr. Peter Smith ( and to CaRES Evaluation Assistant Director Dr. Allison Litton ( by Friday, July 6, 2018.  Drs. Smith and Litton will monitory your progress, and they may send you reminders as this deadline draws near.  Please contact them if you have any questions or concerns.  Thank you.

Drs. Peter Smith and John Waterbor
April 19, 2018