Findings of Misconduct in Science

Wow … ORI hardly ever gets someone on plagiarism. I wonder what Columbia does/did about the degree itself.

Notice is hereby given that ORI has taken final action in the following case:

Based on the findings of an investigation by Columbia University and additional analysis conducted by ORI during its oversight review, ORI found that Bengu Sezen, PhD, former graduate student, Department of Chemistry, engaged in misconduct in science in research funded by R01GM60326.

Specifically, ORI made 21 findings of scientific misconduct against Dr. Sezen based on evidence that she knowingly and intentionally falsified and fabricated, and in one instance plagiarized, data reported in 3 papers and her doctoral thesis.

The following administrative actions have been implemented for a period of 5 years, beginning on November 4, 2010:

(1) Dr. Sezen is debarred from eligibility for any contracting or subcontracting with any agency of the US Government and from eligibility or involvement in nonprocurement programs of the US Government…; and

(2) Dr. Sezen is prohibited from serving in any advisory capacity to the US PHS, including but not limited to service on any PHS advisory committee, board, and/or peer review committee, or as a consultant.


  1. SaG said

    In this case I hope they retract it.

  2. Malone said

    Wow! Inevitable in this day in age when research is perceived as job or a business. Hard to imagine if such things are even possible when one’s intent with science stems from passion or curiosity. It has also to do with many faculty positions where teaching only isn’t sufficient and research must be part of it. Why force everyone to do research? Or in other words, set higher standards for research positions and create many more teaching positions. It will be funny if Columbus terminated his trip half way through and claimed that the earth is almost a rhomboid.

    I am sure such things also occur in rarity in industry. We don’t get to hear them often in public forums.

  3. Victor J said

    This story dates back to 2006, and it took ORI over 4 years to make a decision. It also seems that there was a lot of bad blood between her and her adviser, Dalibor Sames. There is a reasonably balanced view of the case at One thing that troubled me is that Sames apparently fired five different students over their inability to reproduce Bengü Sezen’s results. What a mess…
    This being said, she seems to have bounced back and is doing research at Yeditepe University in Turkey, where she is not likely to be affected by not being able to apply for US Govt grants.

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