Responsibility And Integrity in Science & Engineering

PHIL 613  'RAISE: Research Ethics'

Instructors: Mark Greene and Tom Powers, Department of Philosophy, and William Ullman, School of Marine Science and Policy

In 2008, the Center for Science, Ethics, and Public Policy (SEPP) developed novel program of training in research ethics for UD graduate students. Originally funded by the NSF, the RAISE program (Responsibility and Integrity in Science and Engineering) is currently offered as a regular graduate seminar, PHIL-613, ‘RAISE: Research Ethics’. The RAISE program covers all of the components of responsible conduct of research in depth (fabrication and falsification of data, criteria for authorship, plagiarism, conflicts of interests, intellectual property, treatment of experimental subjects, and whistleblowing). The seminar prepares graduate students and post docs to serve as ethics educators in their fields, a skill in increasing demand as funding agencies, regulators, and the public become ever more alert to issues in and failures of responsible conduct of research.

On successful completion of the course, RAISE fellows are eligible to submit one or more small grant proposals to fund outreach, teaching, or research activities related to research ethics. Typical activities include leading lab or departmental discussions on a research ethics topic with other students, arranging a speaker or other RCR event, or helping lead group discussions at the annual UD Research Office RCR training (in collaboration with RAISE faculty). Successful proposals will be awarded $500-$1500 payable to the student investigator, with additional funding available to cover project expenses. RAISE students are also eligible to apply for support for their own SEPP related activities (e.g. conference travel) and may, from time to time, be offered opportunities to serve as funded teaching / research assistants for other SEPP activities.

In Fall 2016, the RAISE seminar will be led by Mark Greene (Philosophy) and Bill Ullman (Marine Science & Policy):

·         We will meet each Tuesday, 4-6 pm.

·         The course is three credits, pass/no pass. If you are a sustaining student and need a zero credit option, please contact Mark Greene (

·         There is no application and no prior experience in research ethics is expected.

·         To enroll, sign up for PHIL-313 ‘RAISE: Research Ethics’ via UDSIS.

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Greene –

The RAISE program is supported by SEPP, the College of Arts and Sciences, and Delaware NSF-EPSCoR

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