Superfund Research Program
Research Experience and Training Coordination Core
Final Progress Reports
The centerpiece of the Training Core is their monthly Colloquium. At this Colloquium, the student’s mentor, who is a Superfund investigator, presents a short overview of his/her research and “sets the stage” for the Training Core student to present their research. The Colloquia are held in the early evening in the buildings where the student/mentor have their laboratories. The Colloquia are well attended by the majority of the Superfund investigators, other interested faculty/scientists, the Training Core students, and graduate students not in the Training Core. The meetings are informal with lots of questions for both the mentor and the graduate students. The Colloquium has allowed the Director and Associate Director to be aware of the most current research efforts in the various research projects. The meetings have also sparked additional interactions, sharing of techniques as well as providing the graduate students with a broad understanding of the multiple aspects and disciplines needed to address environmental health and hazardous waste problems. As a result of this Training Core, there have been graduate students that enthusiastically participate in local meetings (e.g. posters at t annual Science Fair) and this Program is actively represented at regional (e.g. Quad University meeting, 2003) and annual SBRP meetings. This Training Core has been a roaring success and the majority of its graduates have remained in the environmental health or environmental sciences fields by taking positions in State environmental agencies or pursued academic careers to train more environmental scientists.