SOT Undergraduate Research Award
The Society of Toxicology (SOT) Undergraduate Student Research Award recognizes outstanding students in progress for associate or bachelor's degrees who present their original research at the SOT Annual Meeting. The goal of the award is to foster the student’s interest in pursuing graduate studies in toxicology or a closely related field. Awardees are selected based on their unique contribution to their toxicology-related research project as evidenced in their statements, research abstract, and a nomination document from the research advisor overseeing and supervising the student’s work.
Recipients of this award receive recognition and support to attend the SOT Annual Meeting. This includes complimentary meeting registration, lodging for the duration of the meeting, and travel funding up to a maximum of $800 (lowest cost airfare, train, or mileage reimbursement). At the meeting, each recipient will be matched with a mentor, be recognized during special events, attend the SOT Undergraduate Education Program, and participate in other meeting activities.
- The applicant must be:
Enrolled as an undergraduate student for the full 2023–2024 academic year in a program that terminates with either an associate or bachelor’s degree, OR
Enrolled in the bachelor’s stage of an accelerated dual degree
undergraduate/graduate program (BS/MS, BS/ME, etc.), OR
Enrolled in the preprofessional stage of a professional degree program (PharmD, MD, DVM, etc.).
- The applicant must submit the research abstract at this site by October 16. Note: There is a required $65 abstract submission fee.
- The abstract must be accepted subsequently by the Scientific Program Committee for presentation at the SOT Annual Meeting.
- The applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for completed coursework.
- The applicant must not have received the SOT Undergraduate Research Award previously.
- Evidence that the applicant has a thorough understanding of overall goal of the research project and how their contribution to this project fits relative to that goal.
- Documentation of the student’s research skills.
- Evidence of the student’s specific contributions to the research project, showcasing their level of involvement in the work.
- Demonstration of the student’s passion and commitment to the field of toxicology post-graduation, particularly as it relates to graduate school.
- Evidence of the student’s potential to become an independent researcher and leader in the field.
Required Application Materials:
- Student application.
- Copy of the abstract submitted to SOT by October 16, 11:59 pm, US Eastern time.
- Transcripts from all colleges the applicant has attended or is attending, including current semester enrollment (either official or unofficial transcripts are accepted).
- Nomination from the primary investigator or laboratory leader overseeing the applicant’s research project. The nominator should be the main supervisor of the laboratory and be able to attest to the student’s research skills and career potential based on their experience mentoring undergraduate research students. Therefore, the nominator should not be a graduate student, postdoctoral scholar, or laboratory technician.
When requesting the nomination, the applicant should review the award application and abstract with the nominator, and share the information requested in the nomination. The applicant submits the name of the person who has agreed to provide the nomination as part of completing the application. The nominator will receive a link to complete the form, which must be submitted by October 18, 11:59 pm US Eastern time.
Questions? Contact Betty Eidemiller.
A scientific abstract is a concise summary of the research (for SOT, 4,500 characters, not including spaces). After reading an abstract, a person should be able to understand why you conducted your study, how you conducted it, your major results, and why your work is important. Include:
- Background: include a few sentences about why this study was conducted.
- Problem to be addressed: write your major purpose/objective and hypothesis.
(Note: when the abstract is submitted, the first two are combined in one text field.)
- Methods: briefly describe how you conducted your study, e.g., doses tested, time points, cell lines, animal models, mathematical models, field sites, etc.
- Results: summarize clearly and specifically the results of your study.
- Conclusions: highlight the significance or implications of your results.
In general, when writing an abstract, numerical values should be included with your results. Avoid references and define any abbreviations.
Before submitting your abstract, have all your coauthors and your research mentor review it. The SOT Scientific Program Committee reviews and determines abstract acceptance; be sure and read all the information on the abstract submission site.
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