Superfund Research Program
Research Experience and Training Coordination Core
The OSU Training Core continues to train the next generation of 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
- utilization of a custom online software system that allow both existing and new Trainees to create their Individual Development Plans from a menu of available professional development training activities
- implementation of an improved tracking program for trainee progress
- a mechanism for trainees to provide feedback to Training Core leadership.
Two programs developed during a previous reporting cycle have provided pilot project funding directly to trainees to develop collaborative research projects and provide support for professional development externship opportunities. Trainees have established new collaborations with trainees at other Superfund Centers and have 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. All pre-doctoral trainee positions remain filled (i.e. 4 new recruited), one new post-doctoral trainee was recruited, and 10 trainees completed their PhD and matriculated out of the training core. The Core expanded their summer undergraduate research internship to three visiting summer interns and multiple on-campus interns, and successfully recruited students from underrepresented populations. Two trainees received an F31 award and one a K99/ROO award. One SRP PI received a University award for Distinguished Professor for teaching, mentoring and research. One new trainee was recruited to a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cooperative training grant which will provide additional experiential training opportunities for SRP trainees.