The COVID-19 pandemic will leave its mark on the design and delivery of toxicology training for years to come. The challenges faced by the need for remote learning and social distancing have inspired reflection on existing teaching approaches as well as innovation in how toxicology educators engage the next generation of scientists moving forward. For the summer of 2020, the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program at Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, like many other programs, moved to an online format as laboratories remained closed on campus. For over a decade, SURF has hosted and trained 20 to 30 undergraduate researchers each summer through mentored research projects, training in toxicology, and career development activities. As the directors and instructors of SURF sat down to adapt to a virtual environment in Spring 2020, we imagined new ways to deliver robust and engaging delivery of toxicology principles. The SURF program reflects on successes from 2020 and shares them with the toxicology community at large.
Read the full article by Dr. Lauren Aleksunes on the SOT Blog.