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SARI Requirements

Beginning with the incoming class of 2009, all graduate students at Penn State must complete all the requirements for SARI. The SARI program requirements are in two parts:

  • During the first year of enrollment, graduate students will complete an online Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training program provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). The Office for Research Protections (ORP) provides the conduit to this training via the SARI Resource Portal on the ORP website ( Each student must complete the “Engineers Responsible Conduct of Research Course” and pass the associated exam. Each student must provide his or her CITI completion form to the Electrical Engineering Graduate office. A hard copy of the form will be kept in each student’s file per Penn State retention records. (See below for more detail about how to register for the CITI program.)
  • All Electrical Engineering graduate students are required to engage in an additional five hours of discussion-based Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) education within their first year. These discussions will encompass both universal and discipline-specific material. Three hours of the five hour discussion periods will be conducted each academic year as part of EE colloquium (EE500 – SARI specific meeting will be announced) and/or other announced special presentations through the College of Engineering. The remaining two hours will be through programs offered by the University. All of these will be announced via email and students should make sure they attend the specific number of hours and obtain proof of attendance, which must be submitted to the EE Graduate Office.

More about SARI at Penn State:

Registering for the CITI Program

  • The CITI program can be accessed through the SARI Resource Portal on the ORP website.
  • Students must first register with CITI and create a unique user name and password. Be sure to select “Pennsylvania State University” (NOT Hershey) as your institution.
  • Make sure you enter “Electrical Engineering” as your graduate program as well as your home Department, and Prof. Kultegin Aydin as the Graduate Program Administrator.
  • On the Curriculum Selection page, check only the box for “Engineers Responsible Conduct of Research Course”, which is under the heading “SARI Program Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)”. You should be taking only one course (“Engineers Responsible Conduct of Research Course”)
  • You may log in and out as often as you like to complete the course.
  • When you have completed the course (with 80% or higher scores on the quizzes), you will receive a completion report. You should deliver a copy of that report to the EE Graduate Program Office for record keeping.