Trainee Individual Development Plans

IDP Mission:

The purpose of the IDP is to further the key goals of the Training Core, which are:

  • Enable trainees to understand and integrate the problems and concepts of health impacts assessment of contaminated systems, contaminant detection, fate and transport, exposure routes, remediation, and information management;
  • Develop trainee competence in the applied research methods underlying core activities;
  • Advance trainee technical, professional and personal skills/knowledge/attitudes to motivate and prepare them for successful careers in these fields;
  • Provide opportunities for our trainees to participate in and contribute to Community Engagement Core (CEC) and Research Translation Core (RTC) activities;
  • Promote environmental health fields to underrepresented populations through recruitment activities; and
  • Serve as a resource for the RTC for training opportunities to the greater SRP community.

Resources and Form:

IDP Form (link): The IDP form is designed to assist trainees in documenting their professional development plans during the year.  Trainees are encouraged to reflect on their IDP as the year progresses, returning to their IDP form to make changes and updates. NEW for 2018: We have added an optional activity to allow for and encourage trainee collaboration.

IDP Activity Example Menu (link): The menu of example activities is a guide for trainees to reflect on which activities will help them prepare for and meet their academic and career goals. This should be something they can add to their Resume or CV as an accomplishment or acquired skill or experience.


Please select and describe activities related to on or both of the two options on the IDP form that will contribute to your goal(s). IDP activities should provide you with a challenge that is above and beyond your degree level/seniority requirements and allows you to grow professionally.

When selecting your IDP Activities, you may want to consider the following as they pertain to your career goals:

  • Integration – activity will help me work across multiple projects/cores, and/or gain a better understanding of another discipline
  • Research methods – activity will develop my competence in research methods (e.g., procedures, analysis methods)
  • Community Engagement Core involvement – activity will allow me interact with a community impacted by environmental health issues (can be the Puerto Rico community or other community close to your institution)
  • Research Translation Core involvement – activity will promote transferring my engineering/science knowledge to government policy, lead to a patent, or help disseminate

Review your goals and IDP activities with your advisor. They will need to sign your completed form.

Due Date and Submission: Submit your IDP form by Monday, October 15, 2018 through your CourseSites account.

PROTECT Trainee Development Awards:

Learn more about the IDP Awards at the webpage here (link). Trainees who would like to be considered for the PROTECT Trainee Development Awards will be asked to submit a final report on their IDP activities in the Spring of 2019. The winners of the award will receive financial support to attend a conference or visit an affiliated lab as part of their trainee experience.