Frequently Asked Questions

I participated in an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) 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. 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 year Ph.D students 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 there will be exceptions, particularly for students later in their academic career, as we launch the new RCRS training requirement for all Ph.D. 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 are in their last term, of their department approves. We will make alternate arrangements for students who have finding that requires federally-mandated training.

I registered for an RCRS workshop can no longer attend. Should I contact anyone?

Yes, please email enginrcrs@umich.edu with the name and date of the workshop you wish to cancel and your U-M ID number. The workshops have limited seating capacity, and there may be other students who would like to attend.

I want to attend a workshop and the online registration is closed. May I come to the workshop without registering?

Please email enginrcrs@umich.edu to confirm there is an available seat at the workshop you wish to attend, as they're often filled to capacity.


I want to make sure these workshops are mandatory before I sign up. My work is not funded by NIH or NSF. Do I still need to attend?

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.