2022 SOT Award Opportunities for Undergraduate Students: Deadline October 15

By Kymberly Gowdy posted 08-19-2021 11:56


Looking for more educational programs and opportunities in toxicology for undergraduate students? The Committee on Diversity Initiatives (CDI) is welcoming award applications for several awards for undergraduates and undergraduate faculty, with an October 15, 2021, deadline.

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

Program participants networking and visiting scientific posters
during the 2018 Undergraduate Diversity Program.

Undergraduate Diversity Program Student and Advisor Travel Awards

Both the Undergraduate Diversity Program Student Travel Awards and the Undergraduate Diversity Program Advisor Travel Awards offer recognition and travel and lodging support to attend the three-day Undergraduate Diversity Program during the 2022 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo in San Diego, California, March 26–28, 2022. Sophomore and junior applicants are preferred, and eligibility requires at least one of the following criteria: students from diverse backgrounds, including groups underrepresented in the sciences; first-generation college attendees; or students from a primarily undergraduate institution that does not confer graduate degrees in biomedical disciplines. Faculty who are not SOT members and advise students from these groups also may apply. Faculty applicants also may be from any racial/ethnic group, may not have received the award in the previous two years, and cannot be an active or pending SOT member. A limited number of advisors are selected each year to become more familiar with toxicology as a career option.

If your student or a colleague fits one of these criteria, we highly encourage their application for this unique opportunity.

For 32 years, approximately 35 students annually have participated in the SOT Undergraduate Diversity Program, thanks to your support and nominations. This year, the CDI is planning an exciting in-person program during which students will interact with peers, mentors, and toxicology leaders from academia, industry, government, and other employment sectors and discuss career opportunities in toxicology. Additionally, activities will enable students to learn more about toxicology and strategies for effective graduate school applications and succeeding in graduate school, to explore the various career paths in toxicology and biomedical research, and to learn more about graduate academic programs in toxicology. Students also will attend Scientific Sessions and events during the 2022 SOT Annual Meeting.

UDP awardees during the icebreaker activities at the
Committee on Diversity Initiatives Reunion.

Awardees have designated Host and Peer Mentors who interact with them before, during, and after the Annual Meeting to help the students understand the program content, provide students with mentorship, and engage in discussions on career pathways, advanced degrees, and graduate school applications. Host and Peer Mentors also serve as a resource during students’ academic and professional progression and connect students with SOT opportunities and resources.

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

Perry J. Gehring Diversity Student Travel Award

This award, funded through the SOT Endowment, provides travel support and recognition for undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups who were selected for the 2017–2021 Undergraduate Diversity Programs and have abstracts accepted for 2022 SOT Annual Meeting. To apply or learn more, visit the “Perry J. Gehring Diversity Student Travel Award” web page on the SOT website. More information on submitting an abstract is available on the 2022 Annual Meeting website.

Other Awards for Undergraduates

Additional awards for undergraduates are offered by other SOT Committees and groups.

The SOT Undergraduate Research Award recognizes outstanding undergraduates whose abstracts have been accepted for the SOT Annual Meeting. The award includes travel and lodging support for the meeting and is coordinated by the Faculty United for Toxicology Undergraduate Recruitment and Education (FUTURE) Committee. The deadline to apply for this award is October 15, 2021.

Program directors and students at the Open Time with Academic Toxicology
Program Directors and Internship Sponsors Session during
the Undergraduate Diversity Program.

The Regional Chapter Communication and Collaboration Group (RC4) provides an award, as do Regional Chapters, Specialty Sections, and Special Interest Groups. A comprehensive list of undergraduate awards and their deadlines can be found on the “SOT Awards” section of the SOT website.

SOT recognizes the need for and importance of diversity and inclusiveness in toxicology, especially during the early educational/career development formation of students from diverse backgrounds in science.

Please share this information with your students and encourage them to apply for these opportunities by October 15, 2021. We also encourage faculty to share these opportunities with their colleagues.

All undergraduate students interested in toxicology also are encouraged to join SOT as Undergraduate Student Affiliates today to receive early notice of undergraduate awards, graduate school opportunities, summer internships, and more!

Our faculty members are integral in identifying students who otherwise may not hear about the rewarding career opportunities in toxicology. We highly value and appreciate your efforts to keep promoting SOT Awards for students. Please contact SOT Headquarters if you have any inquiries regarding this year’s Undergraduate Diversity Program or any of the opportunities promoted here.

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