Sunshine ERC > 2010-2011 SERC Recruitment


During the 2010-2011 academic year, seventeen Sunshine ERC (SERC) graduate students have participated as mentors/leaders/presenters in 30 different recruitment/outreach events, including:

  • 4 lab tours/technical information sessions for 30 college students led by SERC faculty, staff and graduate students.
  • 5 Lab tours for 80 high school students & 8 staff/teachers.
  • SERC displays at 2 USF career events – the Graduate and Professional Fair (November) and Health Careers Expo (March). More than 100 USF undergraduate students visited the SERC exhibit at the two events.
  • Outreach to High School (HS) and Middle School (MS) students
    • Two SERC students gave presentations to 10 classes at 4 local middle and high schools, reaching about 220 HS and MS students.
    • One student staffed a SERC information table and exhibit at College Link Day at USF that was visited by ~ 60 high school students and their teachers from schools in West Central Florida.
  • SERC faculty and staff and students also participated in two different presentations to USF undergraduate advisors, and reached more than 25 USF faculty and staff.
  • A SERC student also contributed to a recruitment fair for US Coast Guard recruits.
As noted above, our Sunshine ERC graduate students contributed IMMENSELY to our recruitment and outreach endeavors during the 2010-2011 academic year! We highly encourage our Sunshine ERC graduate students to participate in these rewarding recruitment and outreach endeavors in the future. Students can sign up by contacting Ellen Kent, MPH, CPH, SERC Coordinator at or (813) 974-6622.

Photo Gallery of Sunshine ERC Lab Tours, 2010-2011:

A SERC Industrial Hygiene (IH) doctoral student demonstrates the use of a hand-held analyzer that can be used to detect high levels of mercury in the workplace.


Do cell phones and cell phone towers present a significant risk to human health? Sunshine ERC graduate students demonstrate the use of a sensor to detect radio frequency radiation from cell phones, microwaves, and power lines.


An IH student displays a charcoal tube used for collecting gaseous samples with a hand-held pump. Various analytical methods can then be applied to determine if these samples contain toxic compounds that workers may inhale.


In this photo, high school students view a cassette which collects particles with the use of a sampling pump.


An IH student displays a gas chromatography column. Gas chromatography is an analytic procedure for separating volatile organic compounds. Industrial hygienists can use gas chromatography to determine if a sample collected from a workplace contains toxic chemicals.


During a National Lab Day tour that the Sunshine ERC organized for high school students, this IH student teaches a high school student how to calibrate the gas chromatograph.


High school students participating in a tour of the SERC labs view samples of fly ash under a microscope. The silica particles in fly ash can pose a risk of silicosis/lung cancer to workers.


High school students learn how sound level meters can be used to detect unhealthy noise levels in many work environments (e.g. factories). Workers in certain jobs are often required to wear ear plugs and other protective gear to protect against noise-induced hearing loss.


An IH student shares her research findings pertaining to the efficacy of a portable air monitoring device that she used in her research project, 'Dust and Silica Exposures Resulting from Gravel Mining Operations'.


An IH student introduces USF undergrads to the heat stress lab and explains the research being conducted at USF. Protective clothing ensembles can increase workers' risk of becoming overheated. Workers often wear protective clothing ensembles in clean ups of hazardous chemicals.


A doctoral student explains his research on occupational exposures to nanoparticles. His nanoparticle generator is visible in the experimental chamber.


An IH student demonstrates 'Grab' sampling of air. The bag will be filled by pumping air into it and the air inside will be analyzed for contaminants.


During the lab tours organized by the Sunshine ERC, high school and college students are also able to visit the Lisa Muma Weitz Laboratory for Advanced Microscopy & Cell Imaging, where researchers perform in-depth microscopic analyses to investigate damage to cells caused by from physical or chemical agents in the workplace.