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Recommendations for Effective Integration of Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research (E/RCR) Education into Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences: A Meeting Report

  • Diaz-Martinez, Laura A.1, 2
  • Fisher, Ginger R.3
  • Esparza, David2
  • Bhatt, Jay M.4
  • D’Arcy, Christina E.2
  • Apodaca, Jennifer2
  • Brownell, Sara5
  • Corwin, Lisa6
  • Davis, William B.
  • Floyd, Kevin W.2
  • Killion, Patrick J.7
  • Madden, Jaclyn8
  • Marsteller, Patricia9
  • Mayfield-Meyer, Teresa10
  • McDonald, Kelly K.11
  • Rosenberg, Martina12
  • Yarborough, Mark A.13
  • Olimpo, Jeffrey T.2
  • 1 Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives (COURI), University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX 79968
  • 2 Department of Biological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX 79968
  • 3 School of Biological Sciences, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO 80639
  • 4 Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX 79968
  • 5 School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85281
  • 6 Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado–Boulder, Boulder, CO 80309
  • 7 Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
  • 8 STEM Division, Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD 21015-1627
  • 9 Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322
  • 10 Museum of Southwestern Biology, Division of Genomic Resources, and
  • 11 Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, CA 95695
  • 12 Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131
  • 13 Bioethics Program, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA 95817
Published Article
CBE Life Sciences Education
American Society for Cell Biology
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2019
DOI: 10.1187/cbe.18-10-0203
PMID: 31120396
PMCID: PMC6755229
PubMed Central


Advancement of the scientific enterprise relies on individuals conducting research in an ethical and responsible manner. Educating emergent scholars in the principles of ethics/responsible conduct of research (E/RCR) is therefore critical to ensuring such advancement. The recent impetus to include authentic research opportunities as part of the undergraduate curriculum, via course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), has been shown to increase cognitive and noncognitive student outcomes. Because of these important benefits, CUREs are becoming more common and often constitute the first research experience for many students. However, despite the importance of E/RCR in the research process, we know of few efforts to incorporate E/RCR education into CUREs. The Ethics Network for Course-based Opportunities in Undergraduate Research (ENCOUR) was created to address this concern and promote the integration of E/RCR within CUREs in the biological sciences and related disciplines. During the inaugural ENCOUR meeting, a four-pronged approach was used to develop guidelines for the effective integration of E/RCR in CUREs. This approach included: 1) defining appropriate student learning objectives; 2) identifying relevant curriculum; 3) identifying relevant assessments; and 4) defining key aspects of professional development for CURE facilitators. Meeting outcomes, including the aforementioned E/RCR guidelines, are described herein.

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