The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values is foremost an educational center and much of our programming addresses research integrity and ethics.
Integrity is a core value of the University of Notre Dame and the Reilly Center’s ethics education programming promotes integrity among academic scholars, especially scientists and engineers. Research integrity applies not only to the research process, but also to the communication of scientific and technical ideas to the public, policymakers, and other thought leaders. Notre Dame is known for its service. We provide researchers with the knowledge and skills to service society responsibly, with confidence, and in a manner that promotes and safeguards credibility.
Educational and training opportunities
For Graduate Students
History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) – History and Philosophy of Science offers students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the historical, philosophical, social, ethical, political and conceptual dimensions and contexts of science and technology in societies past and present. The Reilly Center admits new students into the Ph.D. program. Students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Notre Dame can complete a concurrent masters or minor in HPS.
GLOBES Certificate – GLOBES advances Scholarship Serving Nature and Society. Students receive training in responsible communication so they can effectively reach multiple audiences while maintaining their credibility. Open to graduate students, GLOBES offers the opportunity to be part of an engaged community of scholars who seek new and innovative ways to address environmental challenges facing humankind and the planet.
Social Responsibility of Researchers (SRR) – SRR is concerned with the ethical responsibilities of researchers arising from the impact of scientific and technological advancements on society, as well as the relevance scientific and technological research has for social issues. Training in SRR is broad-based and consists of education in ethics, policy and communication, among other skills. This year-long NSF-sponsored program will take 15 science (including social science) and engineering PhD students per year. It kicks off with a week-long, intensive boot camp, continues with bi-weekly meetings thereafter, and culminates with an in-service project relevant to the student’s doctoral research.
Cultivating Leaders for Ethical STEM – A NSF-funded research project answering the question: since cultivating cultures for ethical STEM requires effective leadership, what training content and methods most successfully turn STEM students into ethical leaders? To do this, two different leadership training programs are assessed and compared, against each other and a control group. The first program is grounded in the research and literature of business and management ethics. The second grows out of the research and literature on ethics training for STEM students. Cultivating Leaders builds on the Reilly Center’s Social Responsibility of Researchers (SRR) training program and is in collaboration with the Graduate School and its Graduate Institute for Leadership Development (GLID).
Research Integrity Workshop Series – Targeting graduate students this series of workshops satisfies the Graduate School’s requirement that Ph.D. students in the humanities take 3-hours of in-person research ethics training.
Responsibilities and Ethics in the Conduct of Research – The Graduate School requires all Ph.D. students at the University to attend in-person research ethics training and the Reilly Center has contributed to this all-day ethics workshop since it was first held in 2012. Learn more on the Graduate School's website.
For Undergraduate Students
Science, Technology, and Values (STV) Minor – Open to undergraduate students at Notre Dame, STV offers the opportunity to acquire a multifaceted understanding of science and technology. Students acquire the tools they need to confront the complex questions that arise where science and society intersect.
Research Ethics Training for Undergraduates – Professor Umesh Garg heads a NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in physics for 10-weeks during the summer. Every summer since 2006, the Reilly Center has provided research ethics and social responsibility of researchers training to the students
For High-school Students
Pre-college Summer Seminar on Science, Ethics, and Responsibilities – The Reilly Center partners with Notre Dame’s Office of Pre-College Programs to offer an intensive, 10-day, program for roughly 40 high-school juniors each summer. The program targets rising, minority and underrepresented, high-school seniors.
Outreach and Events
Reilly Center’s Annual List of Emerging Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Technology – The list is designed for scientists and laypeople alike to consider in the coming months and years, as new technologies develop. We will feature one of these issues on our website every month, giving readers more information, questions to ask, and resources to consult. A new list will be released each December.
Reilly Center Forum – An interdisciplinary event in which scholars engage with the campus and local communities broaching issues involving science and technology in society.
Ethics Cafés – Cafés offer a space in which to learn about ethical issues pertaining to responsible conduct of research, professional conduct, and engagement with the public, and other worldly matters and current events. They encouraged conversation, debate, and interaction among faculty, students and staff at Notre Dame (Co-sponsored by the ND Graduate School and Notre Dame Research.)