Every year the pool of applicants for the four Society of Toxicology (SOT) Women in Toxicology (WIT) Special Interest Group (SIG) awards (Mentoring Award, Vera W. Hudson and Elizabeth K. Weisburger Scholarship Fund Student Award, Graduate Student Achievement Award, and Postdoctoral Fellow Achievement Award) continues to grow. This year the WIT Awards Committee received 56 total applicants, compared to the 50 applicants received last year: 3 applicants for the Mentoring Award, 14 for the Hudson-Weisburger Award, 28 for the Graduate Student Achievement Award, and 11 for the Postdoctoral Fellow Achievement Award.
Pictured from left to right are Jaime E. Mirowsky, Andrée-Anne Hudon Thibeault, Alexandra Colón-Rodríguez, Brenda Faiola (2014–2015 WIT President), Judith T. Zelikoff, Aurore Varela (Charles River), Melissa A. Badding, Jessica M. Sapiro, Kristin M. Bircsak, and Alexandria G. Lau.
WIT is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 awards:
Judith T. Zelikoff from New York University received the Mentoring Award, which was sponsored by Charles River. The Mentoring Award is given to an individual who has been a major influence in the mentoring of women scientists entering the field of toxicology, and whose leadership and service have provided career development opportunities for women toxicologists. Many of her past and present mentees emphasized that Dr. Zelikoff is “an outstanding role model, respected scientist, and researcher”; “a great source of encouragement and a powerful force for many women”; and that she “nurtures the next generation of toxicologists.”
Andrée-Anne Hudon Thibeault from INRS Armand-Frappier in Laval (Canada) was awarded the Vera W. Hudson and Elizabeth K. Weisburger Scholarship Fund Student Award. This award is given to an SOT graduate student member engaged in a full-time graduate program towards a PhD in toxicology who has demonstrated academic achievement in the field of toxicology and has shown leadership and service in her chosen field and/or community. Jessica M. Sapiro from the University of Arizona was given honorable mention for this award.
The Graduate Student Achievement Award is awarded to an SOT graduate student member who has demonstrated academic achievement in the field of toxicology and has provided leadership and service in their chosen field and/or their community. This year two students were awarded the honor, Alexandra Colón-Rodríguez from Michigan State University and Kristin M. Bircsak from Rutgers University.
Melissa A. Badding from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health received the Postdoctoral Achievement Award, which is conferred to an SOT postdoctoral member who has demonstrated academic achievement in the field of toxicology and who has provided leadership and service in her chosen field and/or community. Jaime E. Mirowsky from the University of North Carolina was given honorable mention for this award.
Congratulations again to all the award winners! The WIT Awards Committee hopes to receive another strong pool of applicants for the 2016 WIT awards. The application deadline for the Mentoring Award is November 2, 2015, and the other award applications are due by December 7, 2015. Contact Alexandria Lau with any questions.