Due to availability of funds, the SOT Education Committee will accept spring applications for the International ToxScholar Outreach Grant, with a deadline of 12:00 pm EST Wednesday, February 27, 2013. This popular grant supports the Society’s objective to build for the future of toxicology by strengthening global participation and outreach. The International ToxScholar Outreach Grant provides funds to awardees to sponsor their travel to institutions in underserved nations and educate students about the profession of toxicology. This opportunity is open to all SOT members, including all levels of career toxicologists as well as postdoctoral trainees and graduate students. Additional information, the application form, and a summary of other campus visits can be found on the ToxScholar page.
Recipients funded in previous years include Linval DePass who visited the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus), Kingston, Jamaica; Erin Hines who presented at five universities and three public health groups in Peru; Thomas Lewandowski who gave lectures at three institutions in Romania; and speaker travel for the Biannual Toxicology Conference for the Africa in Cameroon (request submitted by Chudy Nduaka for the Education Initiative Foundation). Reports on these visits were featured in SOT Global Toxicology Scholars Present Toxicology to International Audiences. The 2012 International ToxScholar Outreach Grants funded the following visits: Patrick Allard, Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and the University of Nairobi in Kenya (December 2012) and two pending visits, Joseph Bressler to the African Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology in Harare, Zimbabwe; and James Klaunig to the University of Iban, Nigeria.