Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 563-587

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Promoting responsible conduct in research through “survival skills” workshops: Some mentoring is best done in a crowd

  • Beth A. FischerAffiliated withSurvival Skills and Ethics Program, University of Pittsburgh Email author 
  • , Michael J. ZigmondAffiliated withSurvival Skills and Ethics Program, University of Pittsburgh

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For graduate students to succeed as professionals, they must develop a set of general “survival skills”. These include writing research articles, making oral presentations, obtaining employment and funding, supervising, and teaching. Traditionally, graduate programs have offered little training in many of these skills. Our educational model provides individuals with formal instruction in each area, including their ethical dimensions. Infusion of research ethics throughout a professional skills curriculum helps to emphasize that responsible conduct is integral to succeeding as a researcher. It also leads to the consideration of ethical dimensions of professional life not covered in traditional ethics courses.


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