SRC, Inc., has recently added to their support of SOT activities by contributing to SOT and National Capital Area Regional Chapter (NCAC) K–12 outreach efforts. A not-for-profit research and development company, SRC, Inc., takes an active role in supporting local nonprofit organizations aligned with its mission to protect people and the environment, and especially ecourages STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)-related activities. Pictured below is Jennifer L. Rayner (left) presenting the SRC, Inc., check to Bruce A Fowler, President of NCAC, (center), and Shawn Douglas Lamb, SOT Executive Director (right).
SRC, Inc., employee and SOT member Jennifer L. Rayner initiated the request for this support. Dr. Rayner first learned about toxicology as a participant in the 2001 SOT Undergraduate Education Program. She has been an active volunteer for SOT, including chairing the Committee on Diversity Initiatives (CDI), the group that plans the Undergraduate Education Program. In recognition of her efforts, she received one of the 2010 Top 10 Volunteer awards given company-wide by SRC, Inc. She designated the Diversity Initiatives Endowment Fund as the recipient of the significant monetary award; this fund supports the minority outreach efforts of SOT through the Undergraduate Education Program.
The new contribution will support NCAC and SOT participation in the USA Science and Engineering Festival, a major event scheduled for April 26–27, 2014, in Washington, DC, to promote STEM careers. About 8,000 people are expected to attend. Volunteers from NCAC will be in the booth all weekend to excite students and families about careers in toxicology.
In addition, NCAC will use some of the funds to sponsor a DC-area high school student to present a poster during the High School Poster Exposition March 25, 2013, in Phoenix, Arizona during the SOT 53rd Annual Meeting, March 23–27, 2014. This is an opportunity for a high school student to showcase their research related to toxicology, learn more about the discipline, and have the experience of a major scientific meeting guided by an SOT mentor.
The SOT High School Student and Teacher Workshop that will be held in Phoenix, March 22, 2014, also will benefit from this contribution.
SRC, Inc., has been a ToxExpo exhibitor.