Superfund Research Program
Research Experience and Training Coordination Core
The OSU Training Core continues to train the next generation of trans-disciplinary scientists to address complex problems of hazard assessment, environmental monitoring, and human health risk assessment for chemical mixtures. Major accomplishments include:
- Continued development of additional professional development activities for OSU SRP trainees;
- Use of the online system that the Training Core developed to allow both existing and new trainees to create their Individual Development Plans from a menu of available professional development training activities; and
- Track trainee progress and provide assessment feedback to Training Core leadership.
Two programs developed during the previous reporting cycle have provided pilot project funding directly to trainees to develop collaborative research projects and provide support for professional development externship opportunities. The newly active SRP Trainee Leadership Committee has generated new collaborations with trainees at other Superfund Centers, and trainees continued to provide science outreach and education activities to K-12 students and the general public. Many trainees won awards for research papers or presentations at national, regional, and local meetings. One trainee was awarded a 2015 KC Donnelly Externship for research on remediation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. All pre-doctoral trainee positions remain filled (i.e., 4 new recruited), one new postdoctoral trainee was recruited, and 4 trainees completed their Ph.D.’s and matriculated out of the training core. One SRP PI received two University awards for teaching and mentoring, and a new cooperative training grant was awarded to OSU from the Environmental Protection Agency, which will provide additional experiential opportunities for SRP trainees.