PhD students encounter new Program for Scholarly Integrity

By Elaine Justice | Spirited Thinking | Oct. 28, 2013

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All PhD students in the Laney Graduate Program are now participating in the Program for Scholarly Integrity, a cross-disciplinary training program focused on responsible and ethical conduct of research, scholarship and teaching.

Beginning this fall, all PhD students in Emory’s Laney Graduate School—whether in epidemiology or English, pharmacology or philosophy—are required for the first time to gather together in the same classroom for a seminar not on their specific field of study, but on ethics and academic integrity.

The seminar is part of a new rigorous and cross-disciplinary training program focused on responsible and ethical conduct of research, scholarship and teaching for Emory graduate students in all disciplines, says Toby Schonfeld, PhD, of Emory’s Center for Ethics, which is partnering with the graduate school in rolling out the program.

Called the Program for Scholarly Integrity (PSI), the initiative began in 2012 with graduate students in the natural/biomedical/biological sciences, but has expanded this year to include humanities and social science students, a move Schonfeld says is innovative among major research universities.

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