An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline. — Definition of undergraduate research, from CUR
At the recent Business Meeting of the Council on Undergraduate Research, the CUR Councilors unanimously approved a Code of Ethics for Undergraduate Research. The code was developed from contributions of CUR members and code of ethics models from the National Association of Fellowships Advisors, the Forum on Education Abroad, and the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education.
This publication is targeted towards students, faculty, and administrators involved with undergraduate research (broadly-defined). The Code covers areas such as personal conduct of faculty members and students, organizational and institutional conduct, conflict of interest, and relationship of mentors and mentees.
Note that CUR’s Code is in no way meant to be a replacement to existing research certifications and protocols established by universities and organizations.
In addition to discussing research ethics with students and departments, faculty may want to review ethics and expectations in the discipline. For example, AGI has Guidelines for Ethical Professional Conduct
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