Superfund Research Program
Research Experience and Training Coordination Core
The UA SBRP Training Core partially supports six graduate students ($11,000K/yr).
- One of the goals of the Training Core is to stimulate interaction between the UA SBRP Biomedical and Environmental Science and Engineering projects. One forum used to accomplish this goal is the UA SBRP monthly Colloquium. All SBRP participants are asked to attend the Colloquium which meets nine times per year. Speakers for the Colloquia are either Training Core students or invited speakers.
- Invited speakers for this year have included a representative from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality speaking about the impact of mining in Mexico on river water quality in the US and another invited speaker who successfully leveraged the UA SBRP program by obtaining an NIEHS ONES grant to study arsenic toxicity and carcinogenicity.
- Each Colloquium begins with announcements and brief highlights of successes and future possibilities for leveraging UA SBRP research. The Training Core student or outside speaker is then introduced and presents a 30 minute seminar concerning their research. The presentation is followed by a lively discussion which draws on perspectives and expertise from diverse disciplines in Biomedical, Engineering, and Environmental Sciences. The exposure to these different disciplines has benefited both students and faculty by increasing their awareness of the breadth and depth of disciplines needed to address real environmental hazardous waste problems.
- The Core encourages its students to participate in both local and national meetings. For example, during 2006, Training Core students have presented posters at the University of Arizona (UA) Water Fair, the UA Science Fair, and the UA Student Showcase. Three of the Training Core students also attended the Annual Superfund Basic Research Meeting in December 2006.
- One way to evaluate the success of the Training Core is by the placement of its students following graduation. The Core is pleased to say that its students are being "snapped up" taking academic positions in leading institutions or joining industry or government in positions that directly affect health and water and environmental quality.