William D. Atchison, PhD, is awarded the Society of Toxicology (SOT) 2014 Undergraduate Educator Award. Dr. Atchison received his PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Wisconsin, School of Pharmacy. Currently, he serves as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University. There he received the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award, which is among the highest honors bestowed upon faculty members. Dr. Atchison’s research has resulted in over 95 articles in the peer-reviewed literature and 14 book chapters. During his tenure, he has trained 17 PhD students, 6 graduate students, and more than 100 undergraduate students.
Dr. Atchison’s passion is to provide opportunities for undergraduate education in the biomedical sciences coupled with research experiences aimed at under-represented minority students. In collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico, he developed and established an National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)-funded R25-Diversity Education grant that provides research experiences for Hispanic undergraduates, since 2005. Dr. Atchison makes annual visits to campuses of the University of Puerto Rico to recruit/interview students for the program. Many of these students have gone on to participate in SOT’s Annual Meeting by presenting their research. To date, 40 undergraduate students have received training through this program. Similarly, Dr. Atchison has received funding from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to initiate a smaller program for preveterinary students.
Dr. Atchison has been very active member of SOT. He has served on the SOT Scientific Program Committee and as Secretary/Treasurer and then President of the Neurotoxicology Specialty Section. Furthermore, he is a recipient of the 2003 SOT Astra Zeneca Travelling Lectureship Award.
At the SOT Annual Meeting, Dr. Atchison contributes yearly to the Undergraduate Education Program that serves under-represented minority students.
The Society is proud to present Dr. Atchison with the 2014 SOT Undergraduate Educator Award.