As part of the SURF program, all participants will be required to complete these modules by June 12.  These modules are provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program, a subscription service providing research ethics education to all members of the research community.  Please contact your SURF graduate assistant if you have any questions.

Instructions for creating your account

Go to the CITI website at Click on the "Register " link  under create an account.

To create an account, you need to go through the following 7 steps:

Step 1: Enter "Purdue University" for Organization Affiliation. (Exception: If you are a visiting researcher, select your institution if it is listed.  Otherwise, select Purdue.)

Step 2: Enter the name you used on your SURF application;  fill in the e-mail address you use the most and enter a secondary email address.

Step 3: Enter a user name and password of your choice; and set a security question.

Step 4: Enter your gender, ethnicity and race.

Step 5: Select NO, for CME/CEU credits, and; you can select either YES or NO for the course survey question.

Step 6: Provide your contact information in the required boxes. Select "Student Researcher - Undergraduate" for the question "What is your role in research?".

Step 7: This step asks you to choose which modules are relevant to your research.  For most people conducting research in engineering, you will select the following:

  • For Question 1: Human Subjects Research, most will choose Group 5: Non-Key Personnel.  However, anyone conducting research in the Biomedical field should choose Group 1, and anyone involved in a project which will use a subject's personal information, or any information from the public (surveys, histories, etc.) should select Group 2.
  • For Question 2: CITI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), select Physical Science.  Anyone in Biomedical Research or Social and Behavioral Studies should also select the appropriate box.  Do not select the RCR for Undergraduate Students. This link is currently non-functional.
  • For required Questions 3 – 6: Refresher Courses, If the question does not pertain to your research, select “Not at this time” or leave blank.
  • For required Question 8: Biosafety/Biosecurity Course, select “Animal Biosafety” if it applies to you, “Not at this time” otherwise.

After you have selected all the appropriate choices, click on "Complete Registration".  On the next page, click on “Finalize registration” to review your CITI course selections and institution affiliations. If you would like to add another affiliation (for example, if you are a visiting scholar and would like to add Purdue), you may unfold the second blue tab “Click here to affiliate with another institution”.

You will have the opportunity after you begin to change or add affiliations.  If at any point you are unsure which options are best for your case, click on the link to "View Purdue University instructions page" for more information.

Based on your research area and your answers to those questions, your courses in CITI and the required modules under each course may vary. From the Main Menu page, you should see courses listed in the "Course" column. An example is shown in the following picture. Although you are only required to submitt your proof of completion for the course "Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research Course 1. - Basic Course," you must complete all courses listed in the "Course" column. Some of you will need to complete the Human Research course, and possibly other courses not shown in the sample below, discuss with your graduate mentor or professor which CITI courses you are required to complete for your lab.   

Sample Main Menu


In “Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research Course 1. - Basic Course”, there are two sections of modules, “Required Modules” and “Supplemental Modules”, as shown in the “Sample Gradebook”. Several of the modules will have a quiz. You need to complete all ten of the Required Modules, as well as the Supplemental Module, Case Study - Data Management (see the picture below):

Screenshot of Modules for Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research Course 1. - Basic Course:


Other helpful links:   This is another site with online modules, which you can use for more information.

"Authorship and Scholarly Publication" discusses plagiarism and provides a number of references.

Go to Purdue University Copyright Office to learn more about plagiarism and other copyright related information.