Please note, on the Program of Study (POS) form there is a box where you will be asked to indicate how you will meet their requirement that you have had ethical research training.  For MIME students, including Robotics and Materials Science students, the preferred avenue for meeting that requirement is the CITI “RCR for Engineers” course, although OSU’s GRAD 520 is also an acceptable option. 

Oregon State University has partnered with the University of Miami’s Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to provide online ethical research training free to Oregon State University students.  The online training can be found here: .  The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) for Engineers course is relatively short (a few hours), but early completion should be a high priority. Your program of study will not advance to the graduate school without this training.

After completion of the course, write "CITI-RCR course for Engineers" in the Ethical Research Training box on the Program of Study form and attach your completion certificate to your POS when submitting it to Dearborn 221 for departmental approval.

Instructions for accessing required ethical training on the CITI website

A. Go to

B. Register as a new user by clicking on the white “Register” box near the upper right-hand corner of CITI’s homepage.

C. Complete the seven-step, online CITI-Learner Registration process

Step 1: Enter “Oregon State University” in the box where you are asked to “Select Your Organization Affiliation”

Step 2: Enter your personal information being sure to use your e-mail address. This way OSU will pay all of your course fees for any training you take on the CITI website. Do not use a personal e-mail or you will be charged for the courses you complete.

Steps 3-7 are self-explanatory.

D. Log into your CITI account.

E. Upon login, choose the dropdown menu item listed as “Oregon State University Course.”

F. Under the heading, “My Learner Tools for Oregon State University” choose “Add a Course.”

G. Answer Questions 1-3 and Question 6 as “Not at this time,” leave Question 4 unanswered, and choose “RCR for Engineers” for your answer to Question 5 Responsible Conduct of Research, and hit the Submit button at the bottom of the curriculum selection form.

H. Now a course entitled “Responsible Conduct of Research for Engineers” should be listed in your Oregon State University Courses dropdown, click on the title of the course.

I. Click on the “Complete the Integrity Assurance Statement before beginning this course” box.

J. Read and agree to the assurance statement and other for accessing CITI Program materials and submit the form.

K. Complete the eleven modules within the RCR for Engineers course.

  • Each module will take 5-30 minutes to complete
  • You need not complete all modules in one sitting

L. Upon completion of the entire course you will see a message that tells you that a completion report has been sent to Oregon State University. That report goes to OSU’s Office Research Integrity. MIME is not copied on the report. Therefore, please print a copy of your completion report and submit it along with your Program of Study when you turn it into the MIME Graduate Student Services Office, Dearborn 221.