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This module reports on a faculty workshop in research ethics held for the NSF grant, Graduate Education in Research Ethics for Scientists and Engineers. The workshop, held January 30, 2009, assessed the project's framework and its components for a program in research ethics for graduate students. It also raised the issue of whether and how research ethics oculd be institutionalized at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. This module is also being developed as a part of a project funded by the National Science Foundation, "Collaborative Development of Ethics Across the Curriculum Resources and Sharing of Best Practices," NSF-SES-0551779.


On January 30, 2009, a workshop was held to assess qualitatively the NSF-funded project GERESE, Graduate Education in Research Ethics for Scientists and Engineers. (NSF 0629377) This module has the umbrella presentation introducing the different activities, a presentation on the theoretical and historical background of research ethics, presentations used in two student workshops, General Awareness Workshop and Moral Deliberation Workshop. At this stage, this module exists as a resource participants can use to access these workshop materials. At a later stage, it will be expanded to provide a toolkit other institutions can use for developing their own assessment workshops.

What you need to know …

    What is gerese?

  • GERESE stands for Graduate Education in Research Ethics for Scientists and Engineers, an NSF-funded project in research ethic. An interdisciplinary team at UPRM is planning, testing and assessing a new framework for teaching Research Ethics which consists of the following components:
  • series of workshops for graduate students
  • separate activities for faculty development
  • mentoring opportunities for faculty / students
  • a new series of courses on Research Ethics
  • Its final objective is to foster and support ethical behavior and social commitment among researchers in Science andEngineering.

What you will do ...

    Workshop agenda

  • Identifying and Validating Research Ethics Issues in the UPRM Context
  • Disseminating GERESE at UPRM
  • GERESE Project Assessment: How can project activities be used to address UPRM Research Ethics Issues?
  • Institutionalizing Research Ethics at UPRM: What do we want to institutionalize in Research Ethics? How do we go about institutionalizing it?
  • Workshop Assessment

What did you learn?


Agenda for gerese--a faculty workshop

Click on this media file to open the agenda for the January 30, 2009 to carry out project assessment for the GERESE prototype in Research Ethics.

Assessment activities

This figure contains a four-page worksheet with three assessment activities used to assess the GERESE research ethics framework.

Workshop powerpoint presentation

Workshop presentation

This figure holds the presentation summarizing the content and activities of the GERESE-A Faculty Workshop activity held January 30, 2009.

Theoretical and historical background to research ethics

Theoretical and historical background

This figure contains a presentation on the theoretical and historical background to research ethics to aid in an issue validation activity.

Workshop evaluation form

Workshop evaluation form

Clicking on this figure opens the evaluation form used to assess the overall workshop. If you failed to turn in a form at the end of the activity, please click, download, and return to the workshop organizers.

Presentation for gaw

Graduate awareness workshop

This figure contains the presentation that formed the basis of a workshop in research ethics designed to create basic awareness of issues and approaches in this area for graduate students.

Mentoring and outreach

Priming the pump

This figure provides a description of the outreach activity carried out in this project to bring research ethics to high school students in western Puerto Rico. Graduate students served as mentors to pre-university students in the area of research ethics.

Moral deliberation workshop


This presentation composes the core of a moral deliberation workshop, the second in a series of four workshops for graduate students in research ethics.

Eac toolkit project

This module is a work-in-progress; the author(s) may update the content as needed. others are welcome to use this module or create a new derived module. you can collaborate to improve this module by providing suggestions and/or feedback on your experiences with this module.

Please see the Creative Commons License regarding permission to reuse this material.

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
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Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
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what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
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