Sunshine ERC > 2012-2013 SERC Recruitment


During the 2012-2013 academic year, Sunshine ERC (SERC) graduate students and faculty have participated as mentors/leaders/presenters in 24 different recruitment/outreach events and projects, including:

  • 4 lab tours/information sessions for more than 30 college and high school students attending University of South Florida, University of Tampa, Hillsborough Community College and Tampa Bay Tech High School. These lab tours were led by SERC faculty, staff and graduate students.
  • Occupational health and safety displays/presentations at four major USF research events ( USF Health Research Day, 2013 USF Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium; The Raymond N. Castle Student Research Conference and the Undergraduate Health Council Fourth Annual Health Careers Expo.) More than 750 USF undergraduate students, faculty and staff visited the SERC information tables or viewed student posters pertaining to occupational health and safety at these events.
  • The second successful SERC Summer Institute 2013. During the second year of this one week residential program at USF, ten college students and young professionals were introduced to current issues in public health and occupational health and safety by participating in seminars, laboratory sessions and field experiences.
  • A new week-long Summer Institute in Public Health for 13 high school students. The purpose of this program was to provide students with an overview of public health. As one of the experiential activities, students were able to participate in a water sampling and lab activity to learn about environmental and occupational health.
  • 10 presentations about occupational health and safety careers to ~ 280 undergraduate and graduate students, during classes, seminars, and student organization meetings.
  • 4 presentations about environmental and occupational health to ~ 200 youth in the public schools.
  • CREATTE - One SERC faculty member led 20 undergraduate students in the CREATTE Creating Research Experiences and Activities Through Teaching Enhancement program for undergraduate students; one group of students studied noise exposure to personal listening devices (ipods) at work and one group of 12 students researched educational & experience requirements for EOH jobs in Florida.

As noted above, our Sunshine ERC graduate students contributed significantly to our recruitment and outreach endeavors during the 2012-2013 academic year. We highly encourage our Sunshine ERC graduate students to sign up to participate in future recruitment and outreach endeavors by contacting Ellen Kent, MPH, CPH, SERC Coordinator at

Likewise, undergraduate students or faculty who wish to learn more about the Sunshine ERC academic programs can view this website Prospective Students or can contact Ellen Kent at to request a lab tour or presentation for their class or student group.

Photo Gallery, 2012-2013

An industrial hygiene doctoral student demonstrates use of a hand held mercury detector.

In the next three photos, an industrial hygiene doctoral student demonstrates usage of personal sampling devices and cassettes that employees wear to monitor exposure to contaminants in the workplace.

An industrial hygiene doctoral student explains the applications of an infrared spectrometer, used for measuring gases in workplace or environmental settings.

A community college student views samples of fly ash under a microscope. The silica particles in fly ash can pose a risk of silicosis/lung cancer to workers. Fly ash can be a byproduct of the combustion of coal, e.g. at a power plant.

An industrial hygiene doctoral student discusses the efficacy of various masks which can be used to protect workers from inhaling toxic fumes.

An industrial hygiene doctoral student demonstrates the use of a sensor to detect radio frequency radiation that may be emitted from cell phones, microwaves, and power lines. See also Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF)

In the next three photos, an industrial hygiene doctoral student demonstrates laboratory analysis techniques for testing water samples which the high school student participants in the Summer Institute in Public Health collected on the USF campus.

Our lab tours are usually led by our COPH Industrial Hygiene Program doctoral students.

During this particular lab tour for USF undergraduate students, we also invited colleagues from the USF Division of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) to the COPH. In this image, a EHS safety professional demonstrates the use of a dosimeter, or noise meter.

An EHS safety professional demonstrates a smoke generator, used to assess air flow patterns.

Student visitors are also introduced to other divisions of USF Health, to add a multidisciplinary focus to the lab tours.

Here, students visit the Lisa Muma Weitz Laboratory for Advanced Microscopy & Cell Imaging. The advanced microscopes in this lab is used by USF faculty, staff and students for a variety of medical, chemistry, pharmacy, engineering, chemistry and biology research studies. These microscopes can also be used in occupational health and safety research studies, to investigate damage to cells caused by physical or chemical agents in the workplace.

In this photo, community college students gain an overview of the COPH’s undergraduate programs.

In this photo, community college and high school students learn about the new College of Pharmacy and also discuss the many linkages between pharmacy and occupational health and safety.

During the week-long 2013 Summer Institute in Occupational Health and Safety college students and young professionals learned about occupational health and safety issues though seminars, site visits and laboratory activities.

Here, a COPH doctoral student in industrial hygiene explains her own research studies to a participant in the Summer Institute.

In this photo, the Summer Institute participants view an Emergency Shower and Eye wash station at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Occupational Health Clinic.