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SARI Program Plan for University Park Students

The SARI program at Penn State is designed to offer graduate students comprehensive, multilevel training in the responsible conduct of research (RCR), through a two-part program: an online course to be completed in the first year of graduate study, followed by five hours of discussion-based RCR education prior to degree completion.


Part 1: CITI online RCR training program:



  1. Students must first register with CITI and create a unique user name and password. Be sure to select "Pennsylvania State University" (NOT Hershey) as your institution.
  2. After you have registered on the site, you will be taken to a page that shows courses in two categories:
    • Human Subjects Research (IRB/SARI) (Choose Social Science Research from the three options)
    • SARI Program Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) (Choose Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research Course from the options).
  3. You will choose one of the courses depending upon the type of research you will be conducting.
  4. This self-paced training, which can be done intermittently over the course of the first two semesters of enrollment, will take about 6-8 hours. You may log in and out as often as you like to complete the course.
  5. When you have completed the course (with 80% or higher scores on the quizzes), you will receive a completion report. You then must deliver a copy of that report to the Learning, Design, and Technology staff assistant, for record keeping.


Part 2: Five hours of discussion-based RCR education:


All doctoral students in the LDT program are required to enroll in 3 credits (in at least one semester) of research apprenticeship seminar (LDT 594). In the research apprenticeship seminar, each doctoral student works with his or her adviser and a cohort of other graduate students on ongoing research projects, including all aspects of the process such as literature review, research design, data collection and analysis, and data reporting and publication. These topics are addressed by each adviser during the course of the research apprenticeship series, and relates directly to the topics identified by SARI.

Masters degree students are required to enroll in 3 credits (in at least one semester), LDT 574, LDT 575, or LDT 576

During the research apprenticeship series, we discuss all of the following items:

  • Acquisition, management, sharing, and ownership of data
  • Publication practices and responsible authorship
  • Conflict of interest and commitment
  • Research misconduct
  • Peer review
  • Mentor/trainee responsibilities
  • Collaborative science
  • Human subjects protections