Undergraduate Applications Are Open Now for ToxMSDT, a Year-Long Toxicology Training and Mentoring Experience

By Wilson Rumbeiha posted 17 days ago

ToxMSDT Mentees

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 open for placement in the 2024–2025 program and are due April 26, 2024.


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 from around the United States to pursue careers in biomedical research, especially in toxicology. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the project is centered at the University of California Davis and has partners at four additional institutions, including SOT.


Successful applicants will be teamed with a mentor in an area of potential career interest in the toxicology field; the pair meets remotely throughout the year. Activities include the initial virtual workshop at the University of California Davis, a visit to the mentor’s work site, the in-person SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, and the virtual capstone celebration of program successes hosted by Tuskegee University. Travel costs are supported by ToxMSDT. During the year, mentees review online learning modules and case studies and participate in study sessions to gain a foundation in toxicology. This program supplements the regular academic pursuits of the ToxMSDT students and runs from August 16, 2024, through May 31, 2025.


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 La Cole Blackshire.


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.