Recognize Lifelong Efforts to Advance Toxicology by Making Nominations for the SOT Merit and Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award

By Joshua Gray posted 08-18-2022 13:04


The SOT Merit Award is the longest-running award bestowed by the Society, as it was created in 1965 and first awarded in 1966. It has recognized many leading luminaries in the field of toxicology for not just scientific merit but for careers that improved toxicological understanding, whether through research, teaching, service, or more. The recipient of this award is invited to deliver a lecture during the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo and at the annual EUROTOX Congress.

2022 Merit Award recipient
Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD, DABT, ATS (right),
with SOT Past President George P. Daston, PhD (left)

The recipient of the SOT Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award also is invited to deliver a lecture during the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. Introduced in 2001 as the SOT Scientific Achievement Award and renamed in 2003, this award recognizes an individual for substantial and seminal scientific accomplishment.

Please consider nominating deserving SOT members by the October 9 deadline for either of these awards.


Merit Award

The Merit Award is presented to an SOT member to recognize distinguished contributions to toxicology throughout an entire career in areas such as research, teaching, regulatory activities, consulting, and service to the Society.


Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award

2022 Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award
recipient Prakash Nagarkatti, PhD (right),
with SOT Vice President Dori Germolec, PhD (left)

The Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award is presented to an SOT member who has made substantial and seminal scientific contributions to our understanding of the science of toxicology. Nominees should be active scientists involved in toxicological research. The prime consideration for this award is scientific accomplishment.


Making a Nomination

The nomination deadline for SOT Awards is October 9. 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 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.