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Superfund Research Program

Training Core

Project Leader: Tammy R. Dugas
Grant Number: P42ES013648
Funding Period: 2011-2018
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Project Summary (2011-2018)

Interdisciplinary research is a major emphasis of modern biomedical and physical science efforts, and enabling interdisciplinary research is a major part of the NIH Roadmap. Biomedically-oriented, environmental interdisciplinary research is the theme of this Center, and as such, requires a cross-cutting training program in support of the Multiproject Center's educational activities. The role of the Training Core is to provide an infrastructure and environment that promotes the development of post-doctoral and graduate students in the highly interdisciplinary field of surfaces of particulate matter. Importantly, the Training Core has Aims that focus on recruiting and multidisciplinary education of graduate and postdoctoral students.

Proposal Objectives that will allow Core members to achieve the Aims include:

  • Offer a support staff that handles daily operations of the Training Core
  • Foster interactions between faculty and participants
  • Manage the Training Core via faculty leadership and involvement in the Core aims and objectives; establish an aggressive recruiting program for prospective post-doctoral fellows and graduate students through our on-going research programs, and faculty/student seminars at feeder schools, which include a group of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Recruit new graduate students from existing Ph.D. programs that are successful with recruiting and retention of scientists from all groups
  • Increase postdoctoral and graduate student team-playing, self-motivation/reliance and breadth of research knowledge/skills by use of Superfund Teams
  • Provide a set of core graduate courses for students
  • Augment the cross interdisciplinary training through the use of a research rotation program

The Training Core of this Center will help train students who are pursuing a doctor of philosophy degree or those furthering their post-graduate education in the highly interdisciplinary area of particle-associated air pollution and subsequent health effects of said pollution as studied by biomedical researchers. Students from diverse ethnic, gender, and scientific backgrounds will be cross-trained so that they will become valuable contributors to the environmental workforce.


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