SOT New Member and Upgrade Applications Due by January 1

By Zoe Weinstein posted 12-04-2014 08:55


We are writing to send you all the best wishes of this holiday season and to remind you that the next Society of Toxicology (SOT) membership application deadline is January 1, 2015. We encourage you take this opportunity to assess your membership level and apply for an upgrade if you are eligible.

Completed applications received by the January deadline will be reviewed by the Membership Committee in January. This means your letters of recommendation from your sponsors (who must be Full members of SOT if you are applying for Full or Associate membership) must be submitted by January 1, 2015 as well in order to be reviewed by this deadline. Candidates will be notified of their acceptance by mid-February.

Did you know there are seven different types of membership? That’s right, apart from Student, Postdoctoral, Associate, and Full membership, SOT also offers Retired, Emeritus, and Honorary membership! To apply for Retired membership, you must first be a Full or Associate member of SOT. Then, all you have to do is email SOT Headquarters stating that you have retired and earn less than 50% of your income from toxicology-related endeavors. Emeritus membership is automatically gained when you have been a member of SOT continuously for forty years. Honorary membership is a little different in that it is not an applied-for status. Honorary Membership is conferred by SOT Council based on career achievements in toxicology. View more information on all the different types of membership.

Are you already a Full member of SOT? One of the many benefits of Full membership is the ability to sponsor potential new members. Email SOT Headquarters for more information on how to sponsor!

There are many other benefits to Full membership, including the ability to vote for next year’s SOT Council, or any other elected committee! Do you want to run for a leadership position? You can do that too, as a Full member! Upgrade your membership today!

Are you a Student member who has just received your PhD? First of all, congratulations! Second, please upgrade your membership within one year of your graduation, because technically you are not allowed to be a student member any longer! But good news: Student and Postdoctoral applications are reviewed every two months, so if you are accepted into a postdoctoral program, you can quickly upgrade your membership. Why wait? Just ask your program mentor or advisor to write you a letter of recommendation. Remember: they don’t have to be a member of SOT to sponsor you for Student or Postdoctoral membership!

Do you have any additional questions? Remember that you can email SOT Headquarters at any time. We respond to emails really fast, and we love hearing from you!