NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A12110075 Page 1 of 1 A uillversity 1 notified us that it was investigating allegations against one of its former graduate students2 for data fabrication and falsification in research she conducted with 2 different Pls 3 using funds she received under an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program award. We concurred with the university that an investigation was warranted. At the conclusion of its investigation, the university provided us with its report wherein it found that the former student lacked the intent necessary to support a finding of research misconduct. We reviewed the report which described three different data sets that the subject agreed demonstrated bias and were therefore invalid. The bias was consistently in the direction of the hypothesis and the uillversity identified no accidental or inadvertent means by which the student had become un-blinded to the experimental conditions. Neither of the Pis' labs had taken measures to secure the key to the randomized experimental conditions for each trial or to require independent reliability coding prior to the student's dissertation defense. Despite these circumstances, there was insufficient evidence to substantiate by a preponderance that the student had a culpable level of intent (i.e., at least reckless). Accordingly, this case is closed. 2 NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)
Data Tampering / Sabotage / Fabrication
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2014-10-02.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)