This is the first of what is hoped to be a periodic update of activities from the Career Resource and Development Committee (CRAD) that could help the membership plan career development sessions for the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Annual Meeting, develop mentoring programs, and learn of other initiatives from CRAD. We call this “CRAD Corner.”
SOT CRAD Committee: Education and Career Development Session Proposals
CRAD has undertaken an effort to help facilitate the building and submission of Education and Career Development Sessions for the future SOT Annual Meetings. Using information on successful sessions from previous Annual Meetings, the CRAD Committee has developed the outline below to help encourage session creation and submission. The listed sessions are not intended to serve as a definitive roadmap, but rather to help stimulate and encourage member interest in session development. Another goal in sharing this session development plan is to help connect members interested in collaboration on different session topics. If you have an idea for an Education and Career Development Session, chances are other SOT members also share your interests for a specific session topic.
If you are interested in one of the listed topics, or have a presentation topic that would fit into any of the listed session topics, you are encouraged to contact Kevin Merritt (SOT Staff Liaison for CRAD) with your session interests or presentation ideas. The CRAD Committee will work to link members with similar ideas and presentations to help with session development.
If your session will be seeking CRAD endorsement, you are welcome to send your proposal to the current CRAD Liaison, Kevin Merritt, for feedback from the committee before you submit your session for an upcoming SOT Annual Meeting. More information on session submission can be found on the SOT website.
Mentoring Programs from CRAD: Matching Funds Available
CRAD offers Mentoring Initiative Matching Funds to encourage the development and expansion of mentoring programs within SOT. This fiscal year, CRAD has funds to support these mentoring initiatives in SOT component groups. A reminder has recently been sent to SOT Component Group officers about the availability of the funds and how to apply. The deadline for these applications is January 30. Interested SOT Component Groups may apply for these funds. Please contact Kevin Merritt at SOT Headquarters if you have any questions.
Research Funding Committee and CRAD
In early 2014, the Research Funding Committee (RFC) and CRAD were merged into a single committee to build on the compatible efforts that each committee had undertaken and accomplished. In 2014, the committee continued to develop the initiatives the RFC had historically managed including the Research Funding Information Room, Brown Bag lunch, and other programs to heighten awareness of research funding opportunities.
Into 2015, CRAD is committed to continue and expand these programs and provide greater awareness to those interested in learning about research opportunities. Look to attend the Research Funding—Brown Bag Luncheon on Monday, March 23, from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm at the SOT Annual Meeting. All attendees are welcome to attend the luncheon and come to the Research Funding Information Room open on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 24 and 25 during the SOT Annual Meeting.
At the Research Funding Information Room, interested attendees can have one-on-one conversations with Program and Scientific Review Officers from various agencies that award grants in toxicological research. Attendees may learn about the various grants offered as well as the different processes involved in obtaining a grant. New Investigators are especially encouraged to attend.