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About the R³ Center for Innovation in Science Education

Made possible through a generous donation by the Katharine E. Welsh Foundation, the Center promotes the “three Rs” of good scientific practice:  

  • Rigor in research conduct
  • Reproducibility of scientific findings
  • Social Responsibility of scientists to society

Our mission is to bring more critical thinking, interdisciplinary collaboration, and practical ethics considerations into graduate student training in biomedicine, health, engineering, and technology. 

The R3ISE team strives to educate broadly interested scientists to become not only technically proficient but also open-minded, reflective, creative, and skilled in scientific reasoning, problem-solving, and innovative research design. The goal of the program is to develop practitioners with a strong moral and philosophical mandate poised to become role models and mentors for good scientific practice in biomedical and health sciences.  

The R3 program is committed to excellence in communication, teaching, and mentoring and uses carefully designed assessments based on humanistic education frameworks.

Our alumni and graduates are leaders in the public health and biomedical workforce. They are:  

  • Open-minded, broad-thinking, and self-directed practitioners, communicators, and educators 

  • Skilled in scientific reasoning and methodology across disciplines 

  • Creative in complex problem solving 

  • Versed in critical reflection on a wide range of science topics 

  • Role models in academia, industry, community outreach, scientific public service, health policy, government and non-government organizations, science communication, and public heath practice 

  • Outstanding mentors and change agents in their workplaces and communities, dedicated to good scientific practice