Program in Biomedical Sciences

PIBS 504: Rigor & Reproducibility Training

Rigor & Reproducibility Training (PIBS 504) is in session every winter from January to April. Course materials are available online through CANVAS, and discussion will take place in one two-hour session offered at many different times throughout the semester.

 Per NIH requirements the discussion sessions will include:
• Transparency in Research

• Blinding and Randomization

• Biological and Technical Replicates

• Sample Size, Outliers and Exclusion Criteria


In addition, PIBS 504 will cover 3 additional topics of relevance for rigor and reproducibility:
• Data Presentation

• Sex as a Biological Variable

• Reagent Verification



Graduate Students: Register for PIBS 504 (1 credit) in Wolverine Access.

Postdoctoral Fellows, K99/K08 Awardees, UROP Students, PREP Scholars, and individuals renewing their training: DO NOT register for the course in Wolverine Access (you will receive a certificate, but not an official grade). Please contact the course administrator, Kathryn Melvin, to request a spot in the course. Deadline for 2018 enrollment: Feb. 1.



For questions, contact


NOTE: PEERRS (the online ethics course for faculty) does NOT satisfy this requirement for students and postdoctoral fellows according to the NIH.