Superfund Research Program
Research Experience and Training Coordination Core
The Oregon State University (OSU) SRP Training Core trains outstanding next generation scientists to address human and environmental health concerns associated with exposures to complex mixtures of environmental contaminants. Major accomplishments this funding period include a) continued expansion of didactic courses, seminars and experiential workshops; b) new elective training activities emphasizing Trainee-centered “Individual Development Plans," or "IDP;” c) expanded collaborations between OSU and other regional SRPs. Seven trainees from two other regional SRPs presented their research at the OSU annual research day and met with OSU trainees to develop inter-Center teams of trainees to develop pilot projects designed to evolve into KC Donnelly applications. Trainees expanded science communication activities by developing new outreach and education activities for K-12 students and the general public. Many trainees received awards for poster and platform presentations at national, regional, and local meetings. Currently 13 trainees are enrolled in the training program (11 predoctoral; two post-doctoral). Over the past year, eight new predoctoral trainees (seven female; one male), and one new post-doctoral trainee (male) joined the Training Core and two doctoral, one masters, and two postdoctoral trainees matriculated from training (one female to a tenure track assistant professor position in environmental toxicology). Four new trainees were admitted into the OSU Toxicology graduate program in 2019, and all are candidates to join the Training Core. Trainees authored 30 publications including one or more trainees and 18 trainees published one or more manuscripts. Fifteen of 30 trainee publications were collaborative between two or more Research Projects/Cores.