Apply by October 16 for 2024 SOT Award Opportunities for Undergraduate Students and Faculty

By Corie Ellison posted 09-07-2023 16:04


 Looking for opportunities in toxicology for undergraduate students? The SOT Committee on Diversity Initiatives (CDI) is welcoming applications for several awards pertaining to undergraduates and undergraduate faculty. These award applications are due October 16.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for the valuable opportunities featured in this blog. We also encourage faculty to share these opportunities with their students.


Undergraduate Diversity Program Student and Advisor Travel Awards

Undergraduate Diversity Program recipients
participate in the Tox Squad icebreaker activity
during the 2023 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo

The Undergraduate Diversity Program Student Travel Awards and the Undergraduate Diversity Program Advisor Travel Awards offer special recognition and travel and lodging support to attend the three-day Undergraduate Diversity Program, taking place March 9–11, 2024, during the 2024 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo (March 10–14) in Salt Lake City, Utah. Eligibility requires at least one of three criteria:

  • The student is from a diverse background, including groups underrepresented in the sciences.
  • The student is a first-generation college attendee (defined as none of the parents or guardians with whom you primarily resided received a bachelor’s degree).
  • The student attends a primarily undergraduate institution that does not award graduate degrees in biomedical disciplines.

Students also must be US citizens or permanent residents. For the full list of eligibility criteria, please visit the award’s web page.

Faculty who are not SOT members but serve as advisors for eligible students may apply for the Undergraduate Diversity Program Advisor Travel Awards. Each year, a limited number of advisors are selected so that they become more familiar with advising students on toxicology as a career option.

For those unfamiliar with the Undergraduate Diversity Program, it is an exciting in-person program during which students learn more about toxicology and discuss career opportunities with mentors and toxicology leaders from academia, industry, government, and other employment sectors. Award recipients participate in breakout sessions that cover strategies for effective graduate school applications and succeeding in graduate school, explore various career paths in toxicology and biomedical research, and receive more information on graduate academic programs in toxicology. Students also attend Scientific Sessions and various events during the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo.

More details on the program’s activities can be found on the “Undergraduate Diversity Program” web page on the SOT Annual Meeting website.


Perry J. Gehring Diversity Student Travel Award

2023 Perry J. Gehring Diversity Student Travel Award
recipient Jennae Whitted (middle) with the
CDI Chairs Karilyn Sant (left) and Corie Ellison (right)

This award, funded through the SOT Endowment Fund, provides travel support and special recognition for an undergraduate or graduate student from an underrepresented group who was selected for the SOT Undergraduate Diversity Program between 2020 and 2023. To be eligible, these students also must have an abstract accepted for the 2024 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. To apply or to learn more, visit the “Perry J. Gehring Diversity Student Travel Award” web page. More information on submitting an abstract is available on the 2024 Annual Meeting website. Abstracts must be submitted by October 16 for the applicant to be eligible for the Perry J. Gehring Diversity Student Travel Award.


Other Awards for Undergraduates

The SOT Undergraduate Research Award (SURA) recognizes outstanding undergraduates whose abstracts have been accepted for the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. The award includes travel and lodging support for the meeting and is coordinated by the SOT Faculty United for Toxicology Undergraduate Recruitment and Education (FUTURE) Committee. The deadline to apply for this award is October 16, 2023; an abstract also must be submitted by October 16 for the applicant to be eligible.

Additional awards for undergraduates are offered by the SOT Component Groups. A comprehensive list of undergraduate awards and their deadlines can be found in the SOT Awards section of the SOT website.

Please contact SOT Headquarters with any inquiries regarding any of the opportunities mentioned herein.