Your institution can apply for matching funds from the Society of Toxicology (SOT) to support undergraduate research interns during summer 2017. SOT strongly supports the recruitment of undergraduates to toxicology and this is one mechanism. Research experience in the discipline is one of the best ways to encourage students to pursue graduate training and ultimately careers in toxicology. The Education Committee encourages academic, industry, and government facilities to apply for this funding.
Louisiana State University Health Science Center mentor Yunfeng Zhao (left) and 2016 summer intern Alexanthony Maldonado (right)
The application for funding is now available at Internship Program Support. The deadline for submission of materials is January 6, 2017. SOT provides 50% of the support for each intern, and the students funded by SOT must be engaged in toxicology research with a mentor who is an SOT member. The host institution determines the selection procedures and defines the research program. The applicant provides description of activities that support strong mentorship, seminar and presentation experience, peer group structure, the assessment plan, and other aspects that provide an excellent experience for the student. We encourage hosts to consider students who have been selected for other SOT programs such as the Undergraduate Diversity Program. It is anticipated that SOT-supported interns will submit an abstract for the next SOT meeting and apply for any SOT travel awards for which they are eligible if they are able to collect sufficient data during the internship.
Research mentor John Bowyer (left) with Madeline Faubion (right), 2016 US FDA National Center for Toxicological Research intern
Help us inform undergraduates about internship opportunities in toxicology! SOT also maintains a listing of internship opportunities on the SOT website. Whether or not a program applies for SOT Intern funding, please send information about toxicology-related internship experiences in academia, government, and industry to Betty Eidemiller for inclusion in the listing.