Superfund Research Program
Research Experience and Training Coordination Core
One of the proudest accomplishments of the University of Arizona's SBRP is the success of their Training Core Program. Currently six graduate students are partially supported by this program. A requirement of the Training Core for both the graduate students and their major advisors is participation in a monthly Colloquium meeting. At each meeting the major advisor briefly introduces their research topic and then the student follows with an informal presentation of their research. One of the goals of the Colloquium is to provide a forum to stimulate interaction between the Biomedical and Environmental Science and Engineering projects. Judged on this basis alone, the Colloquium is a resounding success. The Colloquia are characterized by interactive and lively discussions with both groups participating. It is clear that 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 University of Arizona Training Core encourages Training Core students to participate in both local and national meetings. For example, during 2005 Training Core students presented posters at the University of Arizona (UA) Water Fair, the UA Science Fair, and the UA Student Showcase. Two of the Training Core students will also be attending the Annual Superfund Basic Research Meeting in January 2006.
One way to evaluate the success of the Training Core is by the placement of students following graduation. The University of Arizona Training 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 water and environmental quality.