PROTECT Trainee Nancy Cardona-Cordero Receives KC Donnelly Externship

nancy cardona-corderoNancy Cardona-Cordero, PROTECT trainee at the University of Puerto Rico, has been honored with a K.C. Donnelly Externship Award Supplement, which provides funding to Superfund Research Program trainees to expand their research experience at another institution. Cardona-Cordero will spend her externship at the University of Arizona Superfund Research Program, where she will develop training programs for stakeholder’s groups, evaluate data sharing protocols and methods and learn participatory approaches to research in underserved communities.

Through the PROTECT Center, Cardona-Cordero works under Carmen Milagros Vélez-Vega with both the Human Subjects and Sampling Core and the Community Engagement Core. Cardona-Cordero hopes to use the experience gains at the University of Arizona to become more successful in her role with PROTECT, stating, “This externship will provide me with the tools and techniques necessary to conduct community-based research using new community-engaged strategies and to successfully translate research into action.”

The KC Donnelly Award was created in 2009 to support SRP graduate students and postdoctoral fellows pursuing transdisciplinary research in environmental health. Several PROTECT Trainees have received the award in the past, including most recently Renee Wurth (Projects 1 and 5) in 2016 and Marvic Carmona de Jesus (Project 4) in 2015.

Congratulations and best of luck, Nancy!