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RCR Forums

Beyond the RCR orientations, all graduate students have to complete additional RCR forums. These are more specialized, smaller and interactive opportunitintes for you to enagage with faculty, librarians, staff and other professionals to explore ethical issues and concerns in your scholarship. The minimum requirements are listed below; you are encouraged to take more:

Master's   1 forum
PhD   3 forums, 4 forums for students matricualting in Fall 2020
PhD (School of Medicine)   2 forums, 1 forum for students matricualting in Fall 2020


RCR forums are given numbers on your transcript; each listed below is worth two hours of RCR credit toward graduation, although a "zero" credit will appear on your transcript as they are not regular, semester-long classes:
GS711  Graduate School RCR forums (number being phased out)
GS712  Departmental or library RCR forums (number being phased out)
GS714  Academic Integrity & Misconduct 
GS715  Diversity & Inclusion in a Research Environment 
GS716  Mentoring & Wellness
GS717  Best Practices in Responsible Scholarship
BIOTRAIN755 Responsible Scientist TAship (Forum option for SoM)

You should register for these RCR Forums via links below, NOT through DukeHub. Note that currently all RCR forums are being held online via Zoom. Individual forum facilitators will follow up with registered students to provide details about accessing the forum. We strongly suggest you familiarize yourself with Zoom before joining the online forum; we won't be able to provide tech support during the event.


Spring 2021 RCR Forum Series

Note that events are being added frequently to this series; check back often.

  • Thursday, February 4, 2021
    10:00 am to 11:30 am

    RCR Forum: Managing Your Research Career Using an Individual Development Plan (GS717.06)

    For better or for worse, your experiences and the training you receive as graduate students and postdoctoral researchers can greatly impact and shape the rest of your career. However, there are strategies and resources that can enhance your chances of getting what you came for. During this program participants will learn how to develop clear and specific goals and objectives, along with a plan for executing them.

  • Friday, February 5, 2021
    1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

    RCR Forum: The Mentoring Relationship: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (GS716.02)

    Do you ever question your role in your lab? Do you hesitate to address issues with your mentor? Do you wonder how to be successful during this step in your career? In this interactive session, learn how to navigate the mentoring relationship, including how to promote open communication, work more productively with your mentor, and get the most out of your training experience.

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    RCR Forum: Tools for Data Management (GS717.03)

    This workshop will introduce data management practices for researchers to consider and apply throughout the research lifecycle. Good data management practices pertaining to planning, organization, documentation, storage and backup, sharing, citation, and preservation will be presented using examples that span discipline

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    RCR Forum: Animal Welfare in a Research Environment (GS717.01)

    This forum will review animal welfare through a brief overview of civilization’s perceptions of animals and conclude with the oversight requirements and Duke's position on animal use in research, testing, and teaching.

  • Friday, February 19, 2021
    1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

    RCR Forum: Moving from Mentee to Mentor (GS 716.07)

    You are finishing your PhD or postdoctoral research and hoping to secure a faculty or industry position soon!. You feel confident about your research, but you may have questions about building your lab personnel. How do you figure out whom to hire? How do you set up productive, working relationships with your mentees from the beginning? How can you give feedback? In this interactive session, discover how to successfully move from mentee to mentor.

  • Wednesday, March 3, 2021
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    RCR Forum: Ethics of Data Management and Sharing (GS717.04)

    This workshop will explore the many different ethical issues that can arise with data management and sharing and strategies to address those issues to ensure that goals set by publishers and funders around reproducibility and reuse can be met.