Dr. Earle Adams
University of Montana
Department of Chemistry
REU Program
Missoula, MT 59812
Phone: 406-243-4196

Ethics Components

In addition to research experiences in the laboratory, weekly seminars will engage the REU participants in discussions of research ethics and policy, especially as they relate to environmental chemistry and policy. Topics range from interpersonal and professional responsibilities to intellectual property considerations.

The goals of the ethics component are as follows:

  1. Provide students with an understanding of the major ethical issues facing scientific research today; and

  2. Advance students’ skills in critical thinking and writing through the consideration of ethical issues and cases.

Students are exposed to the field of research ethics by considering material primarily from an online research ethics course developed by UM’s Center for Ethics under contract by the Office of Research Integrity. The course is currently used as a preparatory course for investigators and graduate students at the University of Montana. Guest speakers will also provide input on special issues related to environmental topics

Component topics include:

  1. Ethical issues in Research: A Framework
  2. Interpersonal Responsibility
  3. Institutional Responsibility
  4. Professional Responsibility
  5. Human Participation in Research
  6. Animals in Research and Intellectual Property

Instructor Mark Hanson, from the Center for Practical Ethics at UM, will facilitate a two-day seminar for REU participants, mentors and guest civic leaders. The seminar will help participants recognize and consider ethical issues related to science and their research experience. The program will guide students to consider their responsibility as scientists to be conscious of the intended and unintended consequences of their work. Participants will learn to apply their ethical training in practical situations and, through discussion and interaction with civic leaders, to use their expertise to influence public policy decisions.