Training and Education
The Colorado Alliance for Minority Participation (CO-AMP)
CO-AMP is a National Science Foundation (NSF) program with a primary goal to increase the number of historically underrepresented students receiving baccalaureate degrees inScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, CO-AMP, serving Colorado and the Four Corners area, was founded by Omnia El-Hakim, Principal Investigator and Professor of Civil Engineering at Colorado State University. CO-AMP is located at Sage Hall on the CSU campus and administratively located within the College of Natural Sciences.
Now in its 12th year, CO-AMP has worked to provide retention and recruitment programs to increase the number of American Indian, African American, Hispanic, and Pacific Islander students earning bachelor's degrees in STEM disciplines and to increase the number pursuing graduate study. Since 2000, approximately 3,000 underrepresented students have benefited yearly from CO-AMP through research, tutoring, mentoring programs, and travel to national and regional conferences. The CO-AMP program has extended participation in K-12 outreach activities, placements in graduate school, cultural awareness, curriculum development, and faculty/student workshops.
USA-China Agricultural Injury Prevention Research Training Program
IAPR currently houses an NIH, Fogarty International Center funded project to conduct agricultural injury prevention research training in China. The project received funding in April of 2007 and funding will continue for five-years. The long term goal of this project is to develop the expertise of Chinese scholars to address agricultural injury prevention and to develop more active research collaboration between Chinese and US scholars related to agricultural injuries.
To meet the diverse learning needs of the trainees, the training mechanisms include 5-day training seminars in China conducted once a year (the first training session included 30 Chinese epidemiologists, occupational and preventive medicine physicians, biostatisticians and public health professionals), web-based distance learning, and onsite learning at U.S. research institutions. The training project will substantially enhance the expertise of scientists and public health professionals in China in agricultural injury-related research, increase trainee capacity to address issues in the legal, ethical, and social implications of trauma and injury research, strengthen the existing agricultural injury-related research and prevention in China, and create a communication network for injury researchers in China to interact with scientists around the world.
Project Safety Net
Based on work related to suicide prevention program evaluations, the SMART will identify knowledge, ability, skill, and other personal characteristics which are required for future gatekeeper selection purpose. The information will be used for performance evaluation and training purposes which is relevant for all three sub-units of the IAPR because all work on suicide prevention.
The Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC)
The IAPR houses the CSU Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) training program of the MAP ERC. Faculty from five institutions, aligning the region’s occupational health training programs into a coherent integrated multidisciplinary education program within the new collaborative Colorado School of Public Health, provide training in Occupational Medicine, Industrial Hygiene, Ergonomics, Health Physics, and Occupational Health Psychology. The OHP program is providing funding for graduate students in psychology pursuing interdisciplinary training.