ERIC Number: EJ1055425
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
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Integrating Responsible Conduct of Research Education into Undergraduate Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Laboratory Curricula
Hendrickson, Tamara L.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, v43 n2 p68-75 Mar-Apr 2015
Recently, a requirement for directed responsible conduct in research (RCR) education has become a priority in the United States and elsewhere. In the US, both the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation require RCR education for all students who are financially supported by federal awards. The guidelines produced by these agencies offer useful templates for the introduction of RCR materials into courses worldwide. Many academic programs already offer courses or workshops in RCR for their graduate students and for undergraduate science majors and/or researchers. Introducing RCR into undergraduate biochemistry and molecular biology laboratory curricula is another, highly practical way that students can be exposed to these important topics. In fact, a strong argument can be made for integrating RCR into laboratory courses because these classes often introduce students to a scientific environment like that they might encounter in their careers after graduation. This article focuses on general strategies for incorporating explicit RCR education into biochemistry and molecular biology laboratory coursework using the topics suggested by NIH as a starting point.
Descriptors: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Ethical Instruction, Undergraduate Study, College Curriculum, Scientific Research, Integrated Curriculum, Science Laboratories
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