The mission of the Research Experience and Training Coordination Core (RETCC) is to train our Center’s pre- and post-doctoral trainees to be future leaders and outstanding scientists capable of conducting high-impact research, independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team, to solve the PFAS problem and similar complex environmental and health problems. In coordination with the activities of the PFAS research projects, Data Management and Analysis Core (DMAC), Analytical Core (CAPTURE), and Community Engagement Core (CEC), RETCC will develop and implement a comprehensive program for the trainees to become fluent across disciplines, technologies, and communities. An aim of the program is to provide the trainees with cross-training and fluency across disciplines, technologies, and communities through diverse research experiences, nanocourses that cover diverse relevant disciplines, data management and analysis modules, multidisciplinary seminars and journal club, and engagement with communities affected by PFAS. The program will also include professional and career development training by creating opportunities to work across disciplines as part of a multidisciplinary team addressing PFAS-related problems and to interact with engineers, epidemiologists, biologists, regulatory policy scientists, and community engagement professionals. An Individual Development Plan will serve as an evaluation and career development tool. This training program will involve authentic learning, focus on real-world projects involving PFAS, build communications skills, and increase fluency across disciplines and integration of the trainees into the team science approach.

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Co-Directors: S. Ranji Ranjithan and Antonio Planchart