Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Savannah and Christina pipet Elizabeth River sediment extract.
PC: Ranee Shenoi

Students admitted to Duke’s Graduate School via the UPEH (and those who are supported by an NIH Training Grant) are required to abide by the Basic Medical Science track of RCR requirements which is 18 credits. Students who entered through the Nicholas School of the Environment and have elected to complete the UPEH certificate should refer to the Natural Science and Engineering Track (12 credits):

RCR compliance and tracking: All RCR credits are tracked by the university registrar and recorded on the student’s transcript. Biomedical students are required to have 18 hrs of credit in order to graduate with a PhD: 12 hrs during orientation week and 6 hrs of RCR retraining at the end of their 3rd year. Students are required to submit assessments before they receive credit. 

All RCR credits are monitored by the university registrar.

**NEW requirement (implemented in 2014): THIRD YEAR RCR COURSE:

Responsible Conduct of Research and Career Training Course

GS713, 4 credits

Description:  A Responsible Conduct of Research and Career Training course will be required of all students who attended the RCR course during August (orientation week). This includes students who are currently enrolled in graduate programs in Arts and Sciences and in Pratt, as well as those in biomedical programs.  This policy ensures that all students who entered biomedical and interdisciplinary programs associated with the School of Medicine are retrained in RCR at least every four years and fulfills the NIH requirement for RCR retraining.  The course is consistent with NIH recommendations that students receive career information and complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP).


PLEASE go to The Graduate School website for more information on RCR events.