UNH Receives Grant For Research
Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations
Nov. 16, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. – How do students learn about professional and
ethical standards of behavior in research and scholarship? Such
issues may include ownership of data, what constitutes plagiarism,
and considerations when involving human subjects in their research.
As graduate students face such issues in their research and scholarly
work, it is important that they are prepared to address them.
The University of New Hampshire’s Graduate School recently
received a $15,000 grant to develop and promote graduate education
in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) at UNH. UNH’s
proposal was one of 10 funded nationwide by the Council of Graduate
Schools and the Office of Research Integrity. RCR education is a
growing movement within academia and the research community to more
formally integrate instruction in best practices, guidelines, and
regulations pertaining to the conduct of research into curricula
and professional development. It also emphasizes the development
of critical thinking skills to address decision-making around ethical
dilemmas where there is not necessarily a right answer.
Activities supported by the grant will complement work ongoing at
UNH since 2001 in the area of RCR. The grant will help the university
formalize training by establishing a graduate course in Responsible
Conduct of Research as well as help to establish an academic program
in professional practice. Harry Richards, dean of the Graduate
School, noted that this innovative program will be a great step
forward in research ethics education at UNH as well as serve as
a model for other institutions. For more information on UNH’s
RCR initiative, contact Julie Simpson in the Office of Sponsored
Research at (603) 862-2003 or Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org.