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RCR Forum: Conflicts of Interest and How They Can Affect Graduate Students and Postdocs

Thursday, October 25, 2018
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Brian Lowinger, Assistant Director, Contracts and Compliance, ORS

Conflicts of Interest (COI) are common in academia, and they can impact graduate students and postdocs. The fact patterns are endless. A faculty mentor may have told you about her/his COI, and it is related to your thesis project. You might be asked to work for a faculty member’s startup (which may be based on research at Duke), or a help with a consulting project. You may be offered equity in the startup, paid for hourly work, or have rights to IP Duke licensed to the startup. These can be great opportunities.

But, what do you do if you are asked to sign an NDA or waive/assign IP rights? What happens if the outside work affects progress towards your degree, relationship with the faculty member, or research in the lab? What if you are the only one with the COI, and it overlaps with your thesis project? How do you disclose your outside interests in posters, publications, talks, or grant applications? This goal of this RCR forum will be to enable you to identify these types of issues, ask questions, get help, and be part of the solution.

Participation in this forum earns 2 RCR credits for PhD students. Please bring a pen or pencil to complete registration materials. Note that you will not receive credit if you arrive for this event late or leave early. If you have not been to this location before, please plan enough time to find the room.



French Family Science Center 2231 Bonk Auditorium

Event Category

  • Professional Development
  • Professionalism and Scholarly Integrity