Superfund Research Program
Research Experience and Training Coordination Core
The Training Core partially supports two graduate students ($11,000/year), representing two of the research projects. Researchers have recently been able to supplement this support from the University of Arizona Water Sustainability Program to add eight more Training Core students for a total of ten, representing all research projects as well as the Research Translation Core. Researchers are also beginning to recruit graduate students supported by UA research projects to participate in the Training Core activities to expand the benefits of the Core. This year, they instituted a new requirement for our Training Core students in which they must participate in an outreach project. The Community Engagement Core has matched the graduate student's interests with a specific outreach effort, and the students have been actively involved in that effort. A highlight of the Training Core is its monthly Superfund Research Program (SRP) Colloquium at which either a Training Core student or an invited speaker presents. This Colloquium stimulates student-faculty interaction among the Biomedical and Environmental Science and Engineering projects. The Colloquium is also used to provide highlights of project and research-translation successes and future possibilities for leveraging UA SRP research. Invited speakers for this year include the Director of the University of Arizona Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources, the Co-Director of the University of Arizona Institute for the Environment, and the Director of the non-profit Sonora Environmental Research Institute, which works with promotoras in southern Arizona to provide environmental awareness information to disadvantaged Hispanic communities. The success of the Training Core is indicated by the placement of our students in academic positions in leading institutions or their joining industry or government in positions that directly affect health, water, and environmental quality.