Undergraduates Can Apply Now for ToxMSDT, a Year-Long Training and Mentoring Experience

By Wilson Rumbeiha posted 02-23-2023 05:00 PM


Undergraduates in your network who are considering graduate school or careers in toxicology would appreciate knowing about the Toxicology Mentoring and Skills Development Training Program (ToxMSDT). Applications are now available for placement in the 2023–2024 program and are due April 28, 2023.

ToxMSDT provides a year-long, mostly remote toxicology training and mentoring program for underrepresented undergraduate STEM students. The goal is to attract diverse undergraduate students in the United States to pursue careers in biomedical research, especially toxicology. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the project is centered at the University of California Davis and has partners at five additional institutions and organizations, including SOT.

Successful applicants will be teamed with a mentor in an area of potential career interest, and the pair will meet remotely throughout the year. There also are some in-person activities, including the kickoff workshop at the University of California Davis, a visit to the mentor’s work site, participation in the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, and the celebration of program successes at the capstone event at Tuskegee University in Alabama. Travel costs are supported by ToxMSDT. During the year, mentees review online learning modules and participate in study sessions to gain a foundation in toxicology. This program supplements the regular academic pursuits of the ToxMSDT students and runs September 5, 2023, through May 31, 2024.

2023 ToxMSDT students gathered at UC Davis

Eligibility Requirements

· STEM major

· Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

· At least a second-year undergraduate student

· Completion of at least one semester of general biology and general chemistry

· Enrolled in an accredited undergraduate institution at the time of application with continuing enrollment for the next academic year concurrent with the ToxMSDT program

· Member of a group underserved in the biomedical sciences (see NIH notice).

· US citizen or US permanent resident

Inquiries can be directed to Wilson Rumbeiha.

We look forward to receiving applications from highly engaged science students at your institution or from your network. Together, we can introduce students to toxicology and enhance the diversity in the discipline.