Time for Graduate Students to STEP Up: Deadline May 1

By Aaron Bowman posted 04-20-2017 12:27


Graduate students know that adding experiences outside the training available in their graduate program will help distinguish them for future career opportunities. The Society of Toxicology (SOT) supports graduate students who are post-comprehensive in pursuing that special professional development experience. The next deadline to submit applications for the Supplemental Training for Education Program (STEP) is May 1.

Graduate students are encouraged to be creative in proposing an activity to pursue training in an identified area of professional/scientific development that is important to achieve career goals but outside the immediate scope of their graduate training and research program. This funding does not support activities to refine a dissertation project-specific technique or attendance at a professional society conference. Successful applicants make a strong case that the proposed activity will build their skill portfolio for a specific career track.

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 Laila Al-Eryani acknowledged her STEP Award in her poster at the Ohio Valley Regional Chapter Meeting.

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Sheryse Taylor is among these participants in the sequencing course at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

The award reimburses costs of up to $1,000. The Graduate Subcommittee administers this award in recognition of the diversity in preparation required for graduate students to enter the shifting workforce. Awardees will provide brief follow-up communication on the funded experience, which will help highlight their receipt of the award and benefits of the experience to their graduate education.


Jamie Moscovitz learned techniques to study reproduction during a Woods Hole course. 

Some of the previous awards have involved:

  • Risk Assessment Training
  • Topological Quantum Field Theories Master Class
  • Woods Hole Frontiers in Reproduction Short Course
  • PK Modeling
  • Bioinformatics and Advanced Sequencing
  • Scientists Teaching Scientists
  • Mass Spectrometry Training

For the application and more examples of previous awards, visit the STEP web page.