Diversity Initiatives Career Development Award
SOT recognizes that career development experiences facilitate successful entry of students into advanced degree programs and transition into the modern toxicology workforce. The Diversity Initiatives Career Development award will enable undergraduate and graduate students to engage in additional education and career development opportunities to enhance their professional development. The SOT Diversity Initiative Endowment Fund provides this award, which is administered by the Committee on Diversity Initiatives. Created in 2009, the goal of this fund is to increase and retain individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences (as defined by the NIH for racial and ethnic categories).
Awards of up to $1,000 per recipient may be given. Recipients are chosen based on criteria that include quality of proposed experience, relevance to the proposed professional activity to a career involving the science of toxicology, academic achievement, and recommendation by an academic advisor.
Award recipients are required to provide a follow-up report, which highlights their use of the award and the value of the experience towards their career development.
Eligibility Criteria for Award:
- Enrolled as an undergraduate student or graduate student at an accredited US institution at time of application and the time of the activity or event
- Recommendation from the advisor at the home institution
- Member of an underrepresented group in the biomedical sciences as defined by NIH (African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American including Alaskan, Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander)
- SOT Undergraduate Student Affiliate or Graduate Student Member
- Designation of an activity that begins no sooner than one month following the application deadline
- The proposed activity will embody the goals of SOT and preparation for careers related to toxicology and human health
- Completion of the experience no more than one year following the deadline for which the application is submitted
Possible eligible expenses include, but are not limited to:
- Conference registrations (SOT Annual Meeting excluded)
- Internship or conference travel (subject to SOT Reimbursement Policy guidelines)
- Professional workshops
- Extramural laboratory experiences
Examples of expenses not eligible for the award:
- Institutional administrative and/or overhead costs
- Laboratory training and supplies for a laboratory rotation at your home institution
- Tuition costs, textbooks or materials which are part of normal course work at current institution
- SOT membership dues, Annual Meeting travel or registration
- Membership dues for other professional organizations
- Applicant should complete the online application including uploading a) applicant’s CV (maximum of 3 pages) and b) a copy of transcript(s), including current enrollment (unofficial transcripts are accepted); graduate students send graduate transcripts only.
- Applicant must provide a written statement (maximum 250 words) explaining why the activity proposed meets an unmet need in your training, how this would be beneficial to the attainment of your education or career goals, why this type of training is not available at your institution or part of your current program, and other professional development activities in which you have participated.
- Include evidence of commitment of institutional, personal, or other funds to cover costs of attendance in excess of $1,000.
- Applicant's academic advisor will receive an email with a direct link to upload a supporting letter indicating approval of the applicant's participation in the defined educational or career development activity and describing the relevance and value to the applicant's educational or career goals. If applicable, the letter should confirm the availability of funds (i.e., institutional commitment) proposed to cover costs exceeding $1,000.
- Award recipients will be reimbursed after the activity has taken place. To receive reimbursement, a completed reimbursement form in compliance with the SOT Reimbursement Policy and receipts confirming payment will be sent to SOT Coordinator after the funded activity is completed.
- In addition to a written report, the applicant will provide feedback to the Committee on Diversity Initiatives summarizing the value of the experience.
Examples of career development opportunities which have received funding:
- “Advanced Imaging Mass Spectrometry” laboratory course at Vanderbilt University
- Training on bioinformatics analysis of RNA-Seq transcriptome data at the National Center for Genome Research (NCGR)
- “Toxicology for Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Scientists” online course at the American College of Toxicology (ACT)
- Four-day workshop on exposure-response analysis at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Learn about our former awardees:
- SOT Award Enables Participation in Career Training Program by Krystal Taylor
- Exploration of Pulmonary Research and Career Development Opportunities at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) Conference by Rakeysha Pinkston
- Learning and Capitalizing on My Knowledge in Toxicology by Courtney McClure
- Exploring the World of Environmental Endocrine Disruptors (EEDs) at the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) by Sylvia Sanchez
- Experience Career Growth Opportunities with SOT CDI by Irene Abraham
- Dose-Response Relationships in Risk Assessment: CDI Endowment Career Development Award by Yanelli Nunez
- Learning How to Bridge the Gap Between Biology and Data Analysis by Ignacio Tripodi
- See other Diversity Initiatives Endowment Career Development Award blogs here
Questions? Contact SOT Headquarters.