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The Office of Research Education

The Office of Research Education (REd) provides a comprehensive curriculum for research operations and management at the University of Utah. While all members of the University research community are invited to participate in any individual class of interest, the Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes the completion of certain specialized tracks of instruction by awarding a Certificate of Achievement. 
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To Earn a Certificate:

  • Register for the Certificate Canvas Course you want to earn.
  • Classes may be completed in any order, but all classes need to be completed within 18 months from the first class that you plan to use for specific certificate.
  • All REd certificates are valid for three (3) years upon completion.
  • When all certificate requirements have been satisfied (classes have been attended), please upload all of the Class Completion Certifications to the assignments under the modules tab in this Canvas course with the corresponding class name. (Please see REd instruction)

 The Certificate of Completion Program offers participants the opportunity to be awarded official certificates on the following topics:

The Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (RECR) Certificate – Faculty/Scholars/Staff is designed for research or principal investigators, scholars, research coordinators, and study staff in all research settings. Participants will become familiar with best practices and proper procedures for conducting RECR, whether they are in health sciences, social and behavioral sciences, or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Participants will be able to articulate how federal and state regulations, professional standards and University policies underscore the need for RECR in the research enterprise.

The “Responsible Conduct of Research Certificate – Faculty/Scholars/Staff” requires four (4) REd RECR foundation classes along with one (1) elective class for a total of eight (8) contact hours to receive a certificate of completion. The class offerings can be found below. The majority of the classes need to be completed in-person to meet NIH and NSF training requirements. Completion of this certificate ensures that you are trained in all subject matter areas that NIH and NSF include in their training requirements.  

It typically takes two (2) semesters to complete this certificate since some classes are only offered twice a year rotating between in-person and online. As a result, it is critical that you plan your class schedule accordingly. 

Required Foundation Classes (Complete All 4 Classes): 
Elective Classes (Complete 1 Class):
Recommended Resource Videos:

The Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (RECR) Certificate - Undergraduate & Graduate Studentsis designed for students in all research settings. Participants will become familiar with best practices and proper procedures for conducting RECR, whether they are in health sciences, social and behavioral sciences, or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Participants will be able to articulate how federal and state regulations, professional standards and University policies underscore the need for RECR in the research enterprise.

REQUIRED CLASSES FOR ALL STUDENTS(COMPLETE ALL 4 CLASSES):
ELECTIVE CLASSES:
Biosciences Students (Select at least 1):
Non-Biosciences Students (Select at least 1):
RECOMMENDED RESOURCE VIDEOS:

The Research Mentoring Certificate is designed to provide classes and resources to enhance the knowledge and implementation of effective research mentoring for University of Utah faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate students. 

There are two ways to complete the certificate: via cohort (six classes presented in Canvas course format, accompanied by five live cohort meetings held via Zoom over the course of a single semester) or individual classes (take each of the six classes individually). Visit this page to learn more.

FOUNDATION CLASSES (REQUIRED):

The Research Development (RD) Certificate was developed specifically for the UU research community by a working group of long-time RD specialists. The classes include foundational RD topics team science and collaboration, writing and editing best practices, and agency specific classes (e.g., NSF, NIH). 

Participation in the program is available to University of Utah graduate students, post-docs, staff, and faculty. The certificate involves six (6) classes presented in Canvas course format, all six (6) are synchronous meetings. 

Enroll in the Research Development Certificate

Last Updated: 2/8/24