PROTECT Trainee Development Awards

PROTECT Trainee Development Awards related to Individual Development Plan (IDP) for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

PROTECT Trainee Development Awards: Trainees who would like to be considered for the PROTECT Trainee Development Awards will be asked to submit the Trainee Development Award Application describing the outcome of their IDP activities. The winners of the award will receive financial support to attend or participate in a conference, to participate in a course, training or workshop, or to visit an affiliated lab as part of their trainee experience.

Awards ranging from $1000 to $1500 will be granted to winning applicants per the recommendations of our Training Core External Advisory Board.

Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2021.  Related activities must have been completed by April 30, 2021.

Link to application form

Submit Application form and resume via the CanvasFree portal. If you need access, contact Kristin Hicks at

Instructions for Completion of the Trainee Development Award Application:

When reporting on the impact of your IDP Activities, you may want to refer to this rubric which will be used by the external Trainee Advisory Board.  This will encourage you to consider the following ways in which the activities may have advanced your development with respect to your career goals and increased professional skills:

–          Integration – Did your activity allow you to work across multiple projects/cores, and/or gain a better understanding of another discipline?

–          Research methods – Did your activity result in the development of greater competence in research methods (e.g., procedures, analysis methods)?

–          Community Engagement Core involvement – Did your activity allow you to interact with a community impacted by environmental health issues (can be the Puerto Rico community or other community close to your institution)?

–          Data Management and Analysis Core engagement – Did your activity expose you to methods and opportunities to build upon your knowledge of data management, use and/or analytics?

–          Mentoring, networking and recruitment – Did your activity enhance your skills in connecting with others by sharing your experience and knowledge?

–          Research Translation involvement – Did your activity promote the transfer of your engineering/science knowledge to government policy, lead to a patent, or help disseminate research results?

–         Collaboration – Did your activity result in a meaningful opportunity for you and other PROTECT trainees to learn from one another and/or achieve an impactful outcome that benefited from the engagement of multiple participants?

If selected as a Trainee Development Award recipient, the Trainee must prepare a 2 to 3 page report on the outcome of their Trainee Development Award and Activity and how it enhanced their professional development.  This report is intended to be posted on the PROTECT website and the Trainee will iterate on the report with their research advisor and a training core representative until complete.  It should be completed within 1 month of the completion of the Trainee Development Award Activity