Dr. Burns Naas discusses the 30th anniversary of the CDI Undergraduate Diversity Program and highlights from the 2019–2023 Strategic Plan, as well as welcomes the new ToxSci Editor-in-Chief.
As a recipient of the SOT Diversity Initiatives Endowment Career Development Award, I was given an amazing opportunity to study differential gene expression methods at the National Center for Genome Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
I decided to pursue a career as a scientist because of my early childhood experiences near a fenceline community and various programs that piqued my interest in scientific research. My scientific journey began at Baton Rouge Magnet High School.
While many programs sponsored by SOT focus on opportunities for current toxicologists, the Society is also committed encouraging talented undergraduates to consider toxicology as a career path.
The Undergraduate Diversity Program Awards provide the opportunity for promising undergraduate science majors interested in research careers and faculty advisors to attend the Undergraduate Diversity Program at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting.