SOT Wants to Honor Significant, Recent Contributions to Toxicology: Nominate Friends and Colleagues for the SOT Achievement and Leading Edge in Basic Science Awards

By Joshua Gray posted 07-14-2022 10:52


Recent, substantial contributions to toxicology are celebrated by two SOT Awards:

  • The SOT Achievement Award honors an SOT member who is within 15 years of their highest earned degree and who has significantly contributed to toxicology during that time.
  • The SOT Leading Edge in Basic Science Award recognizes a scientist at any career level who has made a seminal contribution/advance within the last five years to understanding fundamental mechanisms of toxicity.
2022 SOT Achievement Award recipient Julia Yue Cui (right)
with SOT Secretary James Luyendyk

If you know of an investigator who fits either of these criteria, nominate them for one of these SOT Awards by the October 9 deadline.

In recent years, the Achievement Award has been awarded to early career SOT members who have contributed to understanding related to:

  • nuclear receptors, epigenetics, and the microbiome
  • metabolomics
  • the role of the coagulation cascade in homeostasis of the liver and other organs

Meanwhile, the Leading Edge in Basic Science Award has been given to researchers exploring:

  • irritant air pollutants’ effect on human health
  • environmental epigenetics
  • liver toxicology, autophagy, and mitophagy
2022 award recipient Urmila Kodavanti
delivering the Leading Edge in
Basic Science Award Lecture during
the 2022 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo

Making a Nomination

Nominations for either award should include both a primary and a secondary letter of nomination from Full members of the Society that provide in layman’s terms an analysis of the nominee’s significant contributions to toxicology and how they apply to the award criteria. The strongest nomination packages include two letters that are distinct from one another to offer more detailed support of the candidate’s qualifications. Letters of nomination should be specific and descriptive while remaining concise. The Awards Committee will review only the two letters required to complete the nomination; no additional letters will be considered.

Nominations also should include the nominee’s up-to-date CV that is limited to 10 pages in length; it should highlight the candidate’s most significant professional accomplishments as they relate to the criteria for the award. Awards Committee members are required to review only 10 pages of each CV, so submitting a longer CV does not strengthen an award nomination.

For more information on making a nomination, please review the “Awards Review Process and FAQs” web page of the SOT website. Please direct any inquiries to SOT Headquarters.

Please note that to ensure a diversity of nominees, there is a two-year grace period for national SOT Awards. Preference will be given to nominees who have not received one of the following SOT awards in the past two years: Achievement, Arnold J. Lehman, Distinguished Toxicology Scholar, Education, Enhancement of Animal Welfare, Founders, Leading Edge in Basic Science, Merit, Public Communications, Toxicologist Mentoring, Translational Impact, Translational/Bridging Travel, and Undergraduate Educator Awards.