SOT Wants to Honor Recent Significant Contributions to Toxicology: Nominate Someone for the SOT Achievement or Leading Edge in Basic Science Awards

By Marie Fortin posted 08-24-2023 11:25

2023 SOT Achievement Award recipient
John Daniel Clarke, PhD (right) with
SOT Secretary James P. Luyendyk, PhD (left)

SOT recognizes recent outstanding contributions to toxicology through two prestigious awards: the SOT Achievement Award and the SOT Leading Edge in Basic Science Award.

The SOT Achievement Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments by an active SOT member who, within 15 years of earning their highest degree, has made noteworthy contributions to the realm of toxicology. Awardees receive a commemorative plaque bestowed during the SOT Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony, accompanied by a cash stipend.

The SOT Leading Edge in Basic Science Award recognizes distinguished researchers whose insights are poised to drive transformative shifts in toxicology. Alongside a plaque presented at the SOT Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony, recipients are granted a cash stipend and the unique privilege to deliver the Leading Edge in Basic Science Award Lecture during the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. This award is open to SOT members and nonmembers, as well as scientists from diverse disciplines beyond toxicology.

Help us celebrate excellence in toxicology by submitting nominations for these awards before the October 9 deadline. Nominations for either award should include both a primary and a secondary letter of nomination from Full members of the Society that provide, in layman’s terms, an analysis of the nominee’s significant contributions to toxicology and how they apply to the award criteria. The strongest nomination packages include two letters that are distinct from one another to offer more detailed support of the candidate’s qualifications. Letters of nomination should be specific and descriptive while remaining concise. The Awards Committee will review only the two letters required to complete the nomination; no additional letters will be considered. The seconding letter can be signed by multiple individuals or even provided on behalf of an SOT Component Group. The individual’s merits will be weighed based on their accomplishments and not the number of letter signatories.

2023 SOT Leading Edge in Basic Science Award
recipient Irfan Rahman, PhD (left) with
SOT Councilor Betina J. Lew, PhD, DABT, ERT (right)

Nominations also should include the nominee’s up-to-date CV that is limited to 10 pages in length; it should highlight the candidate’s most significant professional accomplishments as they relate to the criteria for the award. Awards Committee members are required to review only 10 pages of each CV, so submitting a longer CV does not strengthen an award nomination.

For more information on making a nomination, please review the “Awards Review Process and FAQs” web page of the SOT website. Please direct any inquiries to SOT Headquarters.

Please note that to ensure a diversity of nominees, there is a two-year grace period for national SOT Awards. Preference will be given to nominees who have not received one of the following SOT awards in the past two years: Achievement, Arnold J. Lehman, Distinguished Toxicology Scholar, Education, Enhancement of Animal Welfare, Founders, Leading Edge in Basic Science, Merit, Public Communications, Toxicologist Mentoring, Translational Impact, Translational/Bridging Travel, and Undergraduate Educator Awards.