Research Ethics

is critical to the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

Strengthening the culture of ethics within any organization requires transparency and discussion. That’s the high level goal of this NSF-funded project.

This website is part of an open invitation for the entire Jacobs School of Engineering community -- including students, faculty, and staff -- to explore the nuances of research ethics.

This Research Ethics website is intended as a starting point for conversations about ethics and education, research, and application in engineering. This is not, however, the final word. It is a work in progress designed to evolve as we learn more about what works, what needs clarification, and what should be added or removed.

The presumption is that most members of any research community want to do the right thing. And by and large, they do. One challenge, however, is that not everyone is aware of and/or attentive to factors that might compromise their actions.

Based on both theory and evidence, a well-established first step in any exploration into ethics is finding ways to encourage widespread reflection and conversations about ethical challenges we face and solutions worth considering.

The goal of this project is to create opportunities for these important ethical conversations to occur.

The information on these pages builds on years of work in this area by Michael Kalichman, Director Research Ethics Program at UC San Diego.

If this is the first time you’ve been to the Research Ethics website, please take a moment to explore the website dedicated to this project:

About the Research Ethics project at the Jacobs School of Engineering