Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Modules

As part of the SURF program, all participants are required to complete the RCR for Undergraduates course that contains three training modules. The course is provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program, a subscription service providing research ethics education to all members of the research community.  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 and then complete the following 7 steps:

Step 1: Enter "Purdue University" for Organization Affiliation

Step 2: Enter the name you used on your SURF application;  provide your primary e-mail address 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 country of residence

Step 5: Select NO for CME/CEU credits; select either YES or NO for the course survey question

Step 6: Provide the required information. For the question, "What is your role in research?, select "Student Researcher - Undergraduate" from the drop down box

Step 7: 'Select Curriculum'

Under Question 2: CITI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), check the box for RCR for Undergraduate Students. This is the only course required by SURF. By answering the other questions on this page, CITI will provide the corresponding courses for you to take.  Talk with your faculty advisor and graduate mentor about other courses they may want you to take.

Click on Complete Registration (or Submit).

Completing the RCR modules

Based on your research area and your answers to the questions in Step 7, your CITI courses and the required modules under each course may vary. From the Main Menu page, your courses are listed in the "Course" column. An example is shown in the image below. For the RCR for Undergraduate Students course, complete all of the required modules listed, which includes completing each corresponding quiz and earning a passing course score.

Although you are only required to submit your proof of completion for the course RCR for Undergraduate Students, you may need to complete all courses listed in the "Course" column. For example, some of you will need to complete the Human Research course, and possibly other courses not shown in the sample below. Discuss with your faculty advisor or graduate mentor which CITI courses you are required to complete for your lab.

Sample Main Menu


Helpful links:  - "Research and Integrity" video on the responsible conduct of research

Authorship and Scholarly Publication - Discusses authorship, plagiarism, and provides a number of references

Purdue University Copyright Office - Provides basic copyright information and important copyright details for researchers