Student Research Training Opportunities

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative

The Office of Research provides research-related courses to the SJSU community at no cost through the online external vendor Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). Course topics range from human subjects research, animal care and use, responsible conduct of research, and conflict of interest.

To access the CITI training courses:

  1. Visit the CITI website.
  2. After you have created an account with CITI using your SJSU email address, select San Jose State University Courses.
  3. Click on "add a course or update learner groups."
  4. Answer the questions provided to determine which courses are applicable to you.

Human Subjects Research Training

CITI

A student training module for conducting research involving human subjects is available through CITI. The training for students is recommended but not mandatory, unless it is part of a class assignment or you are receiving federal funding for the research. Students should be aware that the advising professor who signs off on protocols submitted to the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) must have completed the training requirement. If the professor has previously completed the training, it is not necessary to include the certificate with every student IRB application.

To access the student course in human subjects research, follow steps 1-3 at the top of this page, then select Human Subjects Research (Question #2 on the CITI page), and select “Students conducting no more than minimal risk research.”

Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) Video Tutorials

Our online IRB video tutorials describe everything you need to know about the IRB process, including when IRB approval is needed, how long it takes to get approval for different kinds of human subjects research, and what kinds of forms are needed. The tutorials also cover ethical considerations for research involving human subjects.

For additional information about the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board please visit our IRB pages.

Animal Care and Use Training

Providing proof of successful completion of online training in animal welfare policy is a requirement imposed by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for all personnel associated with an activity as a matter of securing approval for an animal use protocol. Successful completion of CITI training is required for graduate students involved in planning and executing the research. 

To access courses on animal care and use, follow steps 1-3 at the top of this page, then select Laboratory Animal Research (Question #6 on the CITI page), and select all of the options that apply to you.

For additional information about the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee please visit our IACUC pages.