Authors and Advisors


Laura A. Diaz-Martinez, Ph.D.

Laura Diaz-Martinez, Ph.D. is Associate Director of the Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives (COURI) and Research Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso. She started her research career as an undergraduate researcher in Mexico and then moved to the U.S. to obtain her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota and her postdoctoral training at UT-Southwestern Medical Center. She has over 15 years of research experience in cell biology and a passion for engaging students in research.

Lourdes E. Echegoyen, Ph.D.

Lourdes Echegoyen, Ph.D. is Director of the Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives (COURI), Director of the BUILDing SCHOLARS Center, and Research Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She obtained B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physical/Analytical Chemistry from the University of Miami, where she also held post-doctoral and lecturer positions. Before joining UTEP in 2010, she had held positions as faculty at Clemson University and as Manager of International Research Exchange Programs at the American Chemical Society. Throughout her professional career, she has had continuous federal and private foundations funding for undergraduate research programs.

Lead advisors

Dr. Julio Rivera

Dr. Julio Rivera researches "Big Data" problems and applies methodologies emphasizing "Business Geographics," which integrates Geographic Information Science (GIS), visualization techniques, and statistics. He brings this approach to problems in Marketing, Real Estate, Retail Site Selection, Economic Geography, and Data Analytics and challenges students to use these methods to solve problems and conduct research. He has directed numerous undergraduate student senior thesis projects, many of which were presented at regional and national conferences. He was the recipient of the 2002 Carthage College Distinguished Teaching Award, and is an Emeritus President of the Council on Undergraduate Research. Rivera regularly serves as a consultant to other colleges and universities as they develop undergraduate research programs. He serves as a consultant to government, business, and higher education and served as the Provost of Carthage College overseeing all aspects of the College's academic administration (2010–14).

Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves

Stuart Hampton-Reeves is Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Research-Informed Teaching, and Director of Research for the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. He is Chair of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research.


Dr. William Campbell

Dr. William Campbell holds the AB from Kenyon College and Ph.D. in philosophy from Washington University, St. Louis. He has taught philosophy and served as an administrator at several institutions, most recently as Director of Grants and Research at University of Wisconsin – River Falls. He retired from that position in 2010 and launched Campbell Grants & Research, LLC. He consults with colleges, universities, and non-profits on grant proposals, leads proposal-writing workshops, and serves as external evaluator of programs, offices, and grant-funded projects. He is the author of The Power to Learn: Helping Yourself to College Success (Wadsworth, 1991; 1996) and the co-editor of New Paradigms for College Teaching (with Karl Smith; Interaction Books, 1996). He is an active member of the Council on Undergraduate Research, and has served CUR as Councilor, Treasurer, President, and General Representative.

Accessibility advisor

Wilma Alexander

Wilma Alexander is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with Masters in Human-Computer Interaction, Linguistics, and Information Science. She has over 15 years of experience as a manager with the online learning team at the University of Edinburgh, where she specialized in usable and accessible digital practice, tutored on the groundbreaking Masters in Digital Education, and developed online staff training on accessible e-learning and online tutoring skills. Since retiring from the University at the end of 2015, Wilma has provided consultancy services on all aspects of online learning, with a special focus on accessibility and usability issues.

Course structure



  • Introduction
  • Learning outcomes

Course files

    Module 1: Research integrity

    • Why is research integrity important?
    • How confident do you feel making decisions that have ethical implications?
    • Universal principles of research ethics
    • Violations of ethical behavior in scholarly activities
    • Ethical decision making in research: more than avoiding misconduct
    • Module summary

    Module 2: Ethical work with animal and human subjects

    • Principles of research ethics with human and animal subjects
    • Introduction to ethical guidelines for research with human subjects
    • Introduction to ethical guidelines for research with animal subjects
    • Case scenarios
    • Module summary

    Module 3: Fostering research integrity

    • Research integrity depends on all of us
    • Protecting research data
    • Following ethical guidelines
    • Embracing the values of research integrity
    • What is the best course of action?
    • Module summary


  • Course summary
  • Resource bank
  • References

Course features

Course features include:

  • Real case study examples
  • A comic strip exploring intellectual property rules.

Supporting institutions

  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Oakland University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Nebraska – Omaha
  • University of Southern Maine
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
  • University of Wisconsin – Platteville
  • University of Wisconsin – River Falls
  • University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point