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    Modeling Effective Research Ethics Education in Graduate International Collaborations

    The ability to resolve ethical issues that arise in international research is critical to the success of U.S.-trained scientists and engineers. It is also essential to ensuring the integrity of U.S. research with international partners. With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF #1135345), CGS completed a three-year, collaborative project to develop accessible and replicable models for preparing STEM researchers to navigate ethical challenges in international research collaborations.


    Project Goals

    • Identify and test learning outcomes for research ethics education in international collaborations
    • Document approaches to using those outcomes to enhance the preparation of STEM graduate students
    • Develop case studies based on successful programs and an online repository of graduate learning outcomes


    Project Outcomes


    Research Ethics Education in Graduate International Collaborations

    Executive Summary

    Full Report

    Online Repository: Learning Outcomes & Assessment Tools

    Press Release



    Research Partners


    Through a competitive process, the following institutions were selected to participate in the project as funded research partners:


    An additional six universities participated as affiliate partners:

    • Drexel University
    • Indiana University
    • Loyola University Chicago
    • Mississippi State University
    • North Carolina A&T University
    • Purdue University


    Additional Resources


    More information about the project goals and background can be found in a CGS Framework Paper written to guide the development of proposals.








    Julia Kent


    Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF #1135345)


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