Travel and Research Awards for Undergraduate Students: Deadline October 15

By Larissa Williams posted 09-23-2021 09:51

Students learn about toxicology during
the Undergraduate Diversity Program.

This blog was co-authored by Larissa Williams and Kymberly Gowdy.

The SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo in San Diego, taking place March 27–31, 2021, is a fantastic opportunity for undergraduate students to learn more about toxicology and to present their research. SOT provides travel support to undergraduates through two programs. Both have an application deadline of October 15.

  • The Undergraduate Diversity Program Student Travel Award supports travel to the SOT Annual Meeting and participation in the three-day Undergraduate Diversity Program. Students with a minimum 3.0 GPA who meet at least one of the diversity criteria are eligible. These criteria include having a disadvantaged background, being a member of a racial/ethnic group that is underrepresented in the sciences, being a first-generation college student, and being enrolled at an institution that does not confer graduate degrees in the biomedical sciences. Preference is for sophomores and juniors.
  • The SOT Undergraduate Research Award provides Annual Meeting travel support for undergraduates who have abstracts accepted for the meeting. Students with a minimum 3.0 GPA who have not previously received this award are eligible.
Undergraduate researchers are recognized
for their outstanding work.

The Perry J. Gehring Diversity Student Travel Award also provides a travel stipend for the Annual Meeting for a student who was selected within the last four years to participate in the Undergraduate Diversity Program, is a member of a racial/ethnic group underrepresented in the sciences, and has an abstract accepted for the meeting.

In addition, each Regional Chapter may submit a nominee for the RC4 Undergraduate Travel Award. Most chapters are accepting applications until early October. This award requires an accepted abstract and provides Annual Meeting travel support. All SOT Component Groups (Regional Chapters, Special Interest Groups, and Specialty Sections) offer undergraduate awards as well, with varying deadlines.

Undergraduates may register for the SOT Annual Meeting at no cost. They will find activities specifically for undergraduates, such as the Undergraduate Education Program on March 27 and the Undergraduate Student Meeting on March 29, in addition to the full scientific program and events hosted by SOT Component Groups and others.