Early Stage Investigator Program Alum
Co-Director: Rebecca Simmons, MD
Co-Director: Blanca Himes, PhD
The Career Development Activities 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 (EH) scientists. A continuum of activities exists:
High-School through Postdoctoral Training
- 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: T32-ES019851). 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.
Early Stage Investigators (ESI)
Our philosophy is that EHS is unique among the biomedical sciences since it spans diverse interdisciplinary expertise that ranges from mechanistic toxicology, epidemiology, exposure science, and translation to patients, communities, and policy makers. In addition, successful EH scientists are increasingly faced with “Big-Data”, and how to transform such data into knowledge which requires familiarity with bioinformatics tools and the advances being made in computational science, machine learning and AI. Our Environmental Health Scientist Support Program is designed to provide a transformative experience so that our ESI will be equipped with the tools for success as the next generation of EH scientists. Components of the EHS Support Program are:
- Early-Stage Investigator Data Base and Mentorship Program
- Grant Proposal Review Program.
- EHS Research Workshops.
Principles of Toxicology
Cartographic Modeling, ArcGIS and Geospatial Analysis of Exposure Data
Bioinformatics & Biomedical Informatics.
Data Management & Sharing
Scientific Rigor and Reproducibility.
- Continuing Education Opportunities
Masters of Translational Research (MTR)
Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE)
Certificate in Biomedical Informatics