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Final Progress Reports: University of Kentucky: Research Experience and Training Coordination Core

Superfund Research Program

Research Experience and Training Coordination Core

Project Leader: James Zach Hilt
Co-Investigator: Kevin J. Pearson
Grant Number: P42ES007380
Funding Period: 2000-2025
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Final Progress Reports

Year:   2019  2013  2007  2004 

The Training Core continued to recruit talented new graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Four new postdoctoral scholars and four new doctoral trainees joined the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UK-SRC) Projects and Cores during 2019. In 2019, six trainees completed their Ph.D., two trainees completed their Masters, and one postdoctoral scholar completed their training. These trainees have moved on to the next stages of their careers, ranging from industry, postdoctoral, and faculty positions.

The UK-SRC hosted trainees from the University of Louisville SRP Center for a two-day event that included information exchange among trainees from both centers, group presentations and discussion, tours of laboratories, and a full day visit to Whitesburg, Kentucky, with the Community Engagement Core. The Training Core also continued to have diverse seminar offerings for discipline-specific education and career development. The monthly trainee working group meetings continue to enhance cross-project interaction and to initiate new collaborations. The Core has continued to utilize the Trainee Leadership Scholar positions to provide leadership experience to these scholars while increasing awareness of trainee opportunities and trainee outputs for all trainees. The Training Core continues to evolve the Core Internship program to better optimize activities, evaluation metrics, and trainee-led initiatives within the Cores. The Center was well- represented by trainees this grant cycle with over 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts and reviews, diverse oral and poster presentations, 12 trainees in attendance at the 2019 SRP Annual Meeting, and trainees winning multiple major awards, including Rishabh Shah receiving a KC Donnelly Externship award from NIEHS and Brittany Rice receiving the UK Association of Lyman T. Johnson Torch Bearer Award, UK Woman's Club Fellowship, and Emerti Faculty Fellowship.

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