Information for Students and Postdocs

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Both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have requirements regarding RCR education.  In general, if students satisfy the NIH requirement for RCR while at Vanderbilt, they have also satisfied the NSF requirement (and vice versa), since the two are complimentary.  Students and postdocs should check with their department chair to be certain.  Regardless of the training completed, Vanderbilt is expected to record and document how students and postdocs fulfill the RCR requirement.

Graduate Students

  • All new graduate students in these departments are required to take the CITI course for their discipline during their first semester of study.
  • Click here to find out how to register and begin working on the course.
  • All graduate students in these departments are also required to participate in additional discussion-based RCR education, prior to completing their degrees. Each department has defined that discussion-based program for its students, based on the specific disciplines. To find out more about your department’s requirements, please check with your department chairman or director of Graduate Studies (DGS).

Postdoctoral Researchers

  • All new postdoctoral researchers in these departments are required to complete the CITI course during their first year of appointment.
  • Click here to find out how to register and begin working on the course.
  • In addition, as part of their annual reappointment, postdocs and their mentors must discuss how they will address additional RCR education during the coming year. This should be noted on the annual mentoring plan. If you have any questions, please check with your department chairman or your faculty mentor.

Undergraduates

  • All undergraduates who receive a salary and/or stipend from NSF must complete the online CITI course for the discipline in which they are working (not necessarily their home department).  Your faculty mentor will let you know if you need to take the training.
  • Click here to find out how to register and begin working on the course.
  • Departments may also require undergraduates majoring in their programs to take the online program, or may have additional RCR requirements.  Those departments will notify students directly.

Students and Postdocs working on NIH-funded Projects

  • In November 2009 NIH updated its requirements for instruction in RCR, expanding the number and type of programs requiring RCR training.  Check here to see the full requirements and learn more.

Medical School Students and Postdocs

  • All Medical School department faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers should check first with the BRET Office before proceeding with the CITI online course or any departmental programs.

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