Frequently Asked Questions

I participated in an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. Do I need to take this training?

Yes, you must complete RCRS training. There are special workshops offered in the summer for REU students, or you may complete any one of the four workshops during the Fall and Winter terms

I attended the RCRS workshops last year. Do I need to attend again?

RCRS training only needs to be completed once at each stage of your academic career (ie., Ph.D., postdoctoral research fellow), not annually. 

I am a first year Ph.D. student. When do I need to finish the RCRS workshops?

RCRS workshops are offered during both fall and winter terms. Though we encourage you to complete all the workshops as soon as possible in the fall semester, we understand that due to scheduling conflicts this may not be possible. Therefore, we only require that first years complete all workshops within their first year in order to advance to candidacy.

I am finishing my dissertation research at a national lab. Do I need to complete the RCRS training?

We realize that there will be exceptions, particularly for students later in their academic career, as we launch the new RCRS training requirement for all PhD students and post-docs (see requirements).  As long as the students are not funded by NSF or NIH, we can waive the training requirement for students who are working off-site or in their last term if your department approves.  We will make alternate arrangements for students who have funding that requires federally-mandated training.

I can’t make an RCRS workshop. Should I contact anyone?

Yes, please email with the workshop information that you would like to cancel and your U-M ID. The workshops are limited to 80 students and there may be other students who would like to attend.

I want to attend a workshop and the registration is closed. Can I come without preregistering?

The workshops are often taught at close to classroom capacity, so please give us a shout first at to confirm that there is space.

I want to check to make sure these workshops truly are mandatory before I sign up. I'm not funded by NIH or NSF. Do I have to take them?

Yes, these workshops are required for all Ph.D. students and postdoctoral research fellows at the College of Engineering. All incoming Ph.D. students must complete the training to advance to candidacy, and should complete the training during their first year at Michigan Engineering.