University of California, Riverside

Graduate Division

Research Ethics Education Program

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The Research Ethics Education Program at the University of California, Riverside is a campus-wide resource for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty across all areas of research and scholarship.

We encourage proactive approaches to research integrity and professional conduct through collaborative engagement in training and education efforts.  We want to reinforce the idea that learning is a process that takes place through participation in communities of practice (Lave and Wenger 1990), and the Research Ethics Education Program provides support and resources to those communities in efforts to sustain such situated learning.

We affirm the sense that relationships between knowledge/practice and learning/doing are essential to ethical research and scholarship.  In this, we believe that the most meaningful education for our students comes from an engaged and equal collaboration between the ethical and the scientific and scholarly.

Our goal is to ensure that research and scholarship ethics education is more fully and seamlessly integrated into the disciplinary communities of practice of which we and our students are a part and our broader mission is to cultivate a campus culture that recognizes the importance of ethical practice across all domains in the academy.

The responsible and ethical conduct of research involves the myriad activities and practices that are part of a scientific, scholarly career, and education in RCR typically includes discussion about the ethical dimensions of research misconduct; research with human participants; research involving animals; data acquisition, management, sharing, and ownership; mentor relationships and responsibilities; responsible authorship, peer review, and publication practices;  collaborative science; and conflicts of interests/commitments. Also frequently included are considerations of the responsibility of scientists to various publics, which often involves examinations of how we as researchers and scholars communicate our work to the public. 

This site will provide you with information about available RCR education and training opportunities and resources on campus, as well as links to relevant federal and institutional policies. You will also find various training and mentoring materials here. The courses and seminars offered by the program are options for meeting federal funding requirements [NIH, NSF, and NIFA/USDA] for training in the responsible conduct of research (RCR).



Contact the Director

Dena Plemmons, Ph.D. | Director, Research Ethics Education Program 
Associate Professor | The Graduate Division  |  University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave Riverside, CA 92521 | University Office Building RM 133
Phone: 951-827-4312 | Email: |



*If you are interested in the specific regulations, requirements, policies and processes regarding submission and approval of protocols for IRB, IACUC, IBC, DURC and SCRO,  or if you need to submit a financial conflict of interest disclosure form, please contact the UCR Office of Research Integrity. 

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

Graduate Division
University Office Building

Tel: (951) 827-4302
Fax: (951) 827-2238