Superfund Research Program
Research Experience and Training Coordination Core
The Oregon State University Superfund Research Program (OSU SRP) Training Core trains the next generation of scientists to improve human and environmental health by studying the risks associated with exposures to complex mixtures of environmental contaminants. Major accomplishments of this funding period include:
- expansion of new opportunities for professional development;
- improvements to their custom online software system allowing trainees to create and man-age their own Individual Development Plans (IDP);
- expansion of mechanisms for trainees to provide feedback to Core leadership for improved training; and
- expanded collaborations between OSU SRP and other regional SRP’s for inter-programmatic training activities.
The pilot project program, inaugurated during the previous reporting cycle that provides fund-ing to collaborative teams of trainees between regional SRP centers, was expanded. Funded pilot projects and participating SRP Training Cores were increased from two to five, with a threefold increase in the number of participating trainees. OSU trainees continued to expand their science communication and research translation by providing 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. All trainee positions remain filled. Four new predoctoral trainees (three from underrepre-sented groups in STEM) and one postdoctoral trainee were recruited. 12 trainees com-pleted their: MS (two people), Ph.D. (nine people), or postdoctoral (one person) training and matriculated out of the Training Core.