The mission of the Career Development Core (CDC) is to provide career training for the next generation of environmental health scientists and to develop the careers of rising young faculty so that they can become independent environmental health scientists. A continuum of activities exists:
- TREES Program (Teen Research and Education in Environmental Science) The TREES program is a unique summer research and mentorship program offering hands-on environmental research opportunities to motivated high school students. Each summer, approximately eight high-school students work one-on-one with mentors on projects that they choose and design.
- Penn Undergraduate Environmental Health Scholars Program (also known as STEER: Short Term Educational Experiences for Research)Summer internships are available for selected undergraduate students. Ten weeks of summer activities exposes students to the field of environmental health science through mentorship, coursework, and field experience.
- Certificate Program in Environmental Health Sciences – For PhD Students in Training.
- Translational Research Training Program in Environmental Health Sciences (funded by NIEHS: 1T32ES019851-01). This training program helps create a new cadre of environmental health scientists trained to tackle major societal disease caused by environmental exposures at the patient and community, and public health level. It supports predoctoral fellows in the Certificate Program in Environmental Health Sciences and postdoctoral and clinical fellows to conduct research.
- Annual Young Investigator Retreat: The Career Development Core presents an annual half-day retreat for Young Investigators. Topics included how to build a CV, academic careers versus government and industry careers, DABT Certification, and career trajectories.
- Mentoring Committee: The committee tracks all young investigators conducting research in environmental health science and assists them in developing a formalized career development plan. It also identifies candidates that could apply for Mentored Scientist Transition Award and Pilot Project funding from the CEET, as well as extramural funding; It supports junior investigators as they transition to successful and independent research careers.
- Affiliate Membership to CEET: Affiliate members are either senior postdoctoral/clinical fellows (seeking a K-award) or junior faculty (Research Associates, Instructors, Research Assistant Professors, Assistant Professors) who are in formative stages of their career and seek mentorship to advance their careers. Individuals in this category are those who have yet to attain independent federal funding in environmental health sciences, have a desire to do so and seek mentorship from the Career Development Core.
- Mentored Scientist Transition Award: For all Junior Faculty (research track or tenure track Assistant Professors) who require an additional period of mentorship to develop an independent research program in any area of environmental health science (for example, molecular and population based epidemiology, epigenetics, gene-environment interactions, exposure biology, lung and airway disease, reproduction and endocrinology and development, etc).