Second Year Ethics Training Requirement (BEARCORE)

The department requires graduate students in their second year of study to complete the “Brown Ethical and Responsible Conduct of Research Education (BEARCORE)” training offered by the University in January. Click on the BEARCORE link to register.

The Graduate School mandates this training in which scientific integrity and ethical reasoning as it pertains to research are examined.   The mandate notwithstanding, the department believes that this training is essential to a student’s success, both academically and professionally and, thus, highly beneficial and important as professional development.

The half-day program is intended to acquaint new researchers with ethical issues that emerge in all disciplines, equip participants with the resources and contacts to address them, and prompt students to reflect on the ambiguity of ethical questions that emerge as part of the research process. It includes understanding what constitutes plagiarism and falsification of data as well as proper crediting of collaborators (including making sure that you receive appropriate credit for your work in a research group).  Faculty, staff, and graduate students engage in case study analyses and cross-disciplinary discussions.

BEARCORE is usually offered two times per year, in January and in June. Because this training is mandatory for all second year Physics graduate students and participation is limited, students should register here as early in the semester as possible. 

Note that Physics students are expected to complete the training in January.  The January date is usually the day before Sem. II classes begin, so students should SAVE THE DATE to avoid conflicts associated with any winter break travel plans.  Students may take the training before their second year but must receive permission to delay the training until after January of their second year.

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