The Graduate Subcommittee congratulates two recipients of the Supplemental Training for Education Program (STEP) awards for this fall. These funds support graduate students who identify a training experience that will support their desired future career path and effectively articulate the potential impact of their participation. STEP supports activities that enhance what might not be available in the normal course of a graduate program. Applicants qualify if they have advanced to candidacy. The next application deadline is May 1, 2018.
John T. Szilagyi of Rutgers University will be participating in BioTech 82: Bioinformatics for Beginners, sponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences at the National Institute of Health. Scheduled in February 2018, this course will highlight sequence analysis tools and provide experiential training in structure analysis, function prediction, biological database searching, “omics” data analysis, pathway analysis, data visualization, data curation and integration, linux, and scripting basics. Lauren Aleksunes, PharmD, PhD, his research mentor, notes that Rutgers does not offer depth in bioinformatics and reinforces the value this course will provide for John as he seeks a postdoc and then an academic research position investigating the biochemical mechanisms of toxicity.
Kyle Wegner of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will be attending the next Dose Response Boot Camp hosted by the University of Cincinnati Department of Environmental Health Risk Science Center. This is an in-depth course on hazard characterization and dose response assessment for human health risk assessments of environmental chemicals. Kyle plans to work as an independent toxicological researcher at the interface between government and industry. His advisor, Chad Vezina, PhD, outlined how well Kyle has defined and pursued important components of his career development plan. Risk assessment training is an important area remaining on his list to develop and is not offered within his graduate program.