Apply for New Mehendale Welcome Award Designed to Support International Graduate Students

By Kimberly Hodge-Bell posted 24 days ago

Two individuals stand next to each other and are smiling at the camera.
Rekha and Harihara Mehendale

The Education and Career Development Committee (ECDC) is pleased to announce a new award for incoming graduate students to assist them in their transition when moving to a new country: the Mehendale Welcome Award.

This award is made possible by the Rekha and Harihara Mehendale Welcome Award Fund for International Graduate Students, an SOT Endowment Fund. The goal of the Mehendale Welcome Award is to financially assist newly enrolled international graduate students in a biomedical scientific research program, with preference to those enrolled in a toxicology program while they are adjusting to a new country (e.g., US). Immensely inspired by how Rekha and Harihara Mehendale offered “a home away from home” to their students, this award is intended to carry on their legacy, with the intent to ease students’ transitions.

Award applications should be submitted through SOT Apply, and the deadline to submit is May 30, 2024. The number of awards presented each year will be determined by the SOT Education and Career Development Committee, and those receiving funding will be notified by June 30, with funds made available by August 15. The amount of the award is up to $3,000 per awardee.

Award Eligibility Criteria

  • Only graduate students who will be moving to a different country for their graduate program are eligible to apply for this award.
  • You must be accepted to and enrolling in a full-time PhD or master’s (two-year) graduate program at the time of application for this award.
  • You must be an SOT Student member (or have pending application for membership). If you are not a member yet, you can apply for an SOT membership anytime.

Please help SOT spread the word about this new award to your colleagues with incoming international students. If you have any questions, please reach out to the ECDC staff liaison, Martha Malone.