Call for Host and Peer Mentors for the 2022 SOT Undergraduate Diversity Program: Applications Due January 10

By Kymberly Gowdy posted 12-09-2021 13:49


This blog was authored by Kymberly Gowdy and Karilyn Sant.

The Committee on Diversity Initiatives (CDI) is seeking volunteers interested in assisting with the 2022 Undergraduate Diversity Program, March 26–28, 2022, in conjunction with the 61st SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo in San Diego, California.

The goal of the program is to recruit students from diverse backgrounds to graduate school in the biomedical sciences, especially toxicology. In addition to attending meeting sessions, participants in the Undergraduate Diversity Program engage in presentations and case studies across the breadth of toxicology, gain knowledge about education and career opportunities in the field, and learn more about the requirements for graduate school and a research career. As they develop comfort with their mentors, students explore questions about toxicology and learn what careers in this field are like, how to succeed, and strategies for work/life balance in science. This effort is coordinated by CDI members Dr. Antoinnette Hayes, Dr. David Blake, Dr. Subham Dasgupta (Postdoctoral Representative), and Mr. Keith Rogers (Graduate Representative).

The undergraduate students accepted for the program will be organized into groups, each with a Host Mentor and a Peer Mentor (graduate student or postdoc), who are the important connectors for these students from Saturday evening through Monday. Additional volunteers will lead groups on Monday afternoon to visit posters and Scientific Sessions.

The Sunday portion of the Undergraduate Program is open to any undergraduate student who registers for this event on the Annual Meeting Registration Form. Mentors recruited for Sunday only are linked with these students.

Poster Group leaders facilitate visits of the Undergraduate Diversity Program participants to Monday afternoon Scientific Sessions and posters. Each leader will serve as a facilitator for a group of about five students from 1:30 pm to 3:15 pm.

CDI will hold a Mentor Orientation webinar in February that will review mentoring information and tips and help you connect with your group of students in advance to get acquainted and discuss your Annual Meeting activities. Poster Group leaders will receive additional information by email.

Volunteers interested in participating as Mentors and/or Poster Group leaders are encouraged to complete the brief application form to indicate their interest and availability before January 10. There are a limited number of mentor and poster leader positions available; those who volunteer will be notified later in January of the outcome.

CDI thanks you for your commitment to and interest in mentoring the next generation of scientists.

Questions? Contact Shalimar Juan at SOT Headquarters.