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Survival Skills and Ethics course is accepting students for Spring 2017

Submitted on November 2, 2016

Looking for information on how to be successful in graduate school and beyond? Professor Jenny Hoit's Survival Skills and Ethics course this spring is a proven resource for success. In addition to spreading research-based strategies on a variety of topics germane to graduate student and postdoc success, all students have the opportunity to earn Responsible Conduct of Research certification upon course completion. Please see the information below for more details.


This course is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in all disciplines. It can be taken for graded credit or pass/fail. This course provides information and experiences that aid in successful "survival" during the training years and beyond. Topics include:

  • Effective Speaking
  • Effective Writing
  • Authorship, Publication, and Peer Review
  • Grantspersonship
  • Teaching / Mentoring
  • Career Options
  • Job Application / Interviewing / Negotiating
  • Compliance Requirements
  • Integrity in Research and Other Creative Activities

*** Ethical issues are integrated across topics ***

Earn a Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) certificate upon course completion

As recommended by the National Institutes of Health, the following topics are covered:

  1. Conflict of interest (personal, professional, and financial)
  2. Human subjects, animals, and safe laboratory practices
  3. Mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships
  4. Collaborative research (including collaborations with industry)
  5. Peer review
  6. Data acquisition, management, sharing, and ownership
  7. Research misconduct and policies for handling misconduct
  8. Responsible authorship and publication
  9. Social responsibility; environmental and societal impacts of research