Superfund Research Program
Research Experience and Training Coordination Core
The University of Arizona Superfund Research Program (UA SRP) seeks to move beyond conventional approaches to graduate student training. The Training Core allows us to interact intensively with a group of students from widely different disciplines and forces them to begin to appreciate the "forest" even as they are rigorously examining their individual "trees." The Training Core allows the UA SRP to place extra requirements on the training of these students and to provide them with opportunities to share their burgeoning expertise with academic, community, regulatory, and industry audiences. The strength that the Training Core brings to the Center is evidenced by its track record of placement of UA SRP graduates in positions that have direct impact on human and environmental health. The Training Core continues the successful approach that has been developed over the last 25 years. In addition, the Core continually adds some new elements to keep it fresh and challenging for both students and faculty. New for this year: the Training Core had a series of meetings focused on professional development activities. One especially successful activity was the development of an elevator pitch by each Training Core student over a series of meetings that was ultimately videotaped and put on the SRP website. The Training Core continues its most popular activity, which is participation of the students in a research translation or community engagement activity. A highlight for this year was the participation of three Trainees in the Tohono O'odham Summer Youth Mining Education Days.