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BioTechniques on the need to teach undergraduates about research integrity

May
30
2012

Discussions on research integrity often focus on when researchers should be taught about the principles of good research conduct and the perils of questionable practices and misconduct. Many would say that this teaching is essential for PhD students and early-career researchers. Others argue that it should be taught earlier, at the undergraduate stage. They feel it would benefit undergraduate students and prevent PhDs students and new researchers from learning about the issues too late.

Some go further, arguing that the principles of good research practice are a fundamental part of any good education and should therefore be taught even earlier. BioTechniques explored this in a fascinating article in 2011

BioTechniques: Scientific misconduct starts early

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