Superfund Research Program
Research Experience and Training Coordination Core
The Oregon State University Superfund Research Program (OSU SRP) Training Core is integrated with all other Center components to provide multidisciplinary training and professional development for trainees in support of the research, research translation, and community engagement goals of the Center. The Training Core's trainees learn to improve human and environmental health by studying the risks associated with exposures to complex mixtures of environmental chemical contaminants. Major accomplishments of this funding period include:
- additional new experiential training modules;
- improvements to the Core's online system for trainees to manage their own Individual Development Plans;
- increased opportunities for trainees to provide feedback to Core leadership; and
- expanded collaborations between OSU and other regional SRP's for inter-programmatic experiential training activities.
The Core’s novel pilot project program that provides funding to collaborative teams of trainees between regional SRP centers was expanded to include projects with additional regional SRP Centers, one of which resulted in a KC Donnelly Externship Award. OSU trainees continued to provide outreach and education activities to K-12 students and the general public. Many trainees again received awards for research papers, poster and platform presentations at national, regional and local meetings. 46 SRP Trainees graduated from the Core's program over the past 5 years. Over the past twelve months, one Master of Public Health, two undergraduate, two Ph.D., one Master student and one post doc matriculated from the Core's program, and 10 additional trainees are continuing their training programs. With only one exception, all trainees have either attained impactful careers or continued for advanced training as postdoctoral scientists at other institutions.