In response to a 2010 NSF requirement, the University has created the Brown Ethical and Responsible Conduct of Research Education (BEARCORE) program. The training is required for all undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows supported by NSF grants submitted on or after January 4, 2010. NSF-funded investigators are responsible for assuring that any student or postdoctoral researcher completes the BEARCORE program within one year of their beginning NSF supported work.


The half-day program aims to:

  • Acquaint new researchers with ethical issues that emerge in all disciplines
  • Equip participants with the resources and contacts to address them
  • Prompt students to reflect on the ambiguity of ethical questions that emerge as part of the research process


Faculty, staff, and graduate students will present and lead case study analyses and facilitate cross-disciplinary discussions.

Next Training

Thursday, September 25, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Robert Center Kaspar Multipurpose Room, 040

Questions regarding the NSF requirement, and Brown’s implementation of this mandatory training initiative, please contact Julianne Hanavan at (401) 863-7233.

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