Your Toxicology Education Innovations: Highlight Them in a Poster Session in Nashville

By Robert Roth posted 11-17-2022 13:13

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There have been many forces influencing education in the last few years. Your innovations will make a discussion-worthy poster for the 2023 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. The Faculty United for Toxicology Undergraduate Recruitment and Education (FUTURE) Committee encourages educators, whether involved in formal or informal education and at all levels (K–12, undergraduate, and graduate, as well as postgraduate), to submit an abstract for the Education, Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues (EELSI) Poster Session. The abstract submission deadline is December 1.

Toxicology can be taught or shared in a formal classroom, seminar setting, or virtual presentations or accessed via recordings. These educational activities take time, effort, and creativity to organize and implement. Often, they are smashingly successful; other times, they do not work as we had hoped. In either case, they can provide valuable learning experiences for others involved in toxicology education.

The purpose of the EELSI Poster Session is to share experiences and innovations in toxicology education in the broadest sense. Past topics of posters have included learning objectives for undergraduate courses, science outreach, partnerships with schools, risk communication strategies, affordable and impactful toxicology laboratory activities, summer research experiences for high school and undergraduate students, active and problem-based learning in toxicology, career development training programs, translating toxicology to the public, and efforts to increase equity and inclusion in our discipline.

These types of abstracts have a slightly modified set of directions as they are “studies that do not describe laboratory or field experiments.” As such, please follow the SOT abstract directions for posters with attention to the “Tips for Non-laboratory or Non-field Studies”:

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  • Describe the research or assessment approach instead of experimental procedures
  • Summarize the study’s results or findings explicitly
  • Clearly articulate implications for the stakeholders

To write an effective education abstract, we recommend that you identify the activity and its connection to toxicology; describe how the activity informs, or is informed by, literature or national calls to action; define the population(s) being served; state the learning outcomes/objectives for the activity; provide the details of the activity that can inform other educators; and explain how the effectiveness of the activity has been evaluated.

Please note that SOT allows a person to be the presenting author on only one poster. Accordingly, if you are already the presenting author on a different poster, consider including a graduate student or colleague as the presenting author of your EELSI poster.

If you would like feedback before you submit, please contact me as I am serving as an advisor for education poster submitters on behalf of the FUTURE committee.