SOT Will Host the 34th Undergraduate Diversity Program in Nashville

By Karilyn Sant posted 17 days ago


The SOT Committee on Diversity Initiatives (CDI) will hold the 34th Annual SOT Undergraduate Diversity Program (UDP) this year in Nashville, March 18–20. Promising undergraduate students interested in research careers and from diverse backgrounds and institutions underserved in the sciences are selected to attend the program to learn about the field of toxicology and be encouraged to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences.

The CDI will host 30 exceptional students and three advisors from 23 different institutions from across the US for the three-day program. In addition to attending SOT Annual Meeting sessions, participants in the UDP engage in presentations and case studies across the breadth of toxicology, discover education and career opportunities in the field, and learn more about the requirements for graduate school and a research career. This year’s presenters will include Daniel Acosta, Antonio Baines, José Manautou, Alexandra Noël, and Phoebe Stapleton. Dana Haine, Elise Hickman, and Ilona Jaspers will lead the students in an interactive case study titled “Evaluating the Effects of Flavored Electronic Cigarettes on the Respiratory Immune System.”

It takes a tremendous effort every year from the dedicated volunteers—Committee members, presenters, toxicologist host mentors, student/postdoctoral peer mentors, faculty and research mentors, and others—who give their time so generously to support the program and inspire the next generation of young scientists. Their efforts are greatly appreciated.

All SOT members are invited to attend the CDI Reunion, taking place Saturday, March 18, at 7:30 pm during the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. This event brings together current Undergraduate Diversity Program participants, past participants, program volunteers, and supporters.

2023 Undergraduate Diversity Program Advisory Travel Award Recipients

· Ileana Feliciano, PhD, Universidad de Puerto Rico en Arecibo

· Uzoma Okafor, PhD, Albany State University

· Rose Mary Stiffin, PhD, Florida Memorial University

SOT Undergraduate Diversity Program Student Travel Award Recipients

· Harriet Akyen-Odoom, Bates College

· Yaina Berrios-Maldonado, Universidad de Puerto Rico en Arecibo

· Mariah Bynum, Savannah State University

· Faythe Cooper, Oberlin College and Conservatory

· Marie Delcy, Fort Valley State University

· Jenielle Domaoal, San Diego State University

· Clarissa Isabelle Flores, St. Mary’s University

· Kristal Garcia, King University

· Nehemías Cabán García, Universidad de Puerto Rico en Arecibo

· Bevin Glanton, Albany State University

· Melodee Graves, Fayetteville State University

· Belize Iteriteka, Bates College

· Jessica Kissi, Bates College

· Melissa Kudlak, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

· Hannah Matthews, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

· Amanda Meadows, King University

· Ruth Meletz, University of California Riverside

· Erin Peters, King University

· Evelyn Redmond, Albany State University

· Martha Adriana Rondon, Trinity Washington University

· Mahmoud Salem, Stony Brook University

· Dillon Stevens, Idaho State University

· Dakoda Talamantes, University of La Verne

· Adrian Taranto, Livingstone College

· Jocelyn Torres, St. Mary’s University

· Alanis J. Torres Berríos, Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez

· Gia Valdez, DePaul University

· Nathan L. Valdez Jr., Fort Lewis College

· Tre’Shur Williams-Carter, Fort Valley State University