Undergraduate Diversity Program Student Travel Award
The Undergraduate Diversity Program (UDP) Student Travel Award provides the opportunity for promising undergraduate science majors interested in research careers to attend the Undergraduate Diversity Program from March 9–11, 2024, at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting. The goal of the program is to recruit students from diverse backgrounds to graduate school in the biomedical sciences, especially toxicology. SOT is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all its activities. We assert that diversity and inclusiveness include many factors and embracing diversity and optimizing inclusion maximizes the range of creativity and innovation in our Society and our science.
In addition to attending Annual Meeting sessions, participants in the Undergraduate Diversity Program engage in presentations and case studies across the breadth of toxicology, discover education and career opportunities in the field, and learn more about the requirements for graduate school and a research career. Students form mentoring relationships with senior toxicologists, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars, meet with academic program and internship directors, and explore careers with toxicologists from universities, government, industry, and other scientific organizations.
Abstract submission is not required. If you are interested in more information about submitting an abstract, visit the SOT Annual Meeting web page.
SOT also offers the Undergraduate Diversity Program Advisor Travel Award for undergraduate faculty who are not SOT members to attend the Undergraduate Diversity Program from March 9–11, 2024, at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting.
Eligibility Criteria for Student Award:
- US citizen or US permanent resident
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 in all undergraduate courses
- 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 that does not award a bachelor’s degree (PharmD, MD, DVM, etc.).
- Have not previously received the award
- Preference: second- and third-year students
In addition, at least one of the Group B criteria is required:
- Member of an ethnic/racial group underrepresented in the sciences* (for example, African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American including Alaskan or Pacific Islander)
- First generation college student (defined as none of the parents or guardians with whom you primarily resided received a bachelor’s degree)
- Received a Pell grant as part of a financial aid package
- Attend an undergraduate institution that does not confer graduate degrees in biomedical disciplines; students at graduate degree-granting institutions are eligible if they meet any of the other Group B criteria
- Member of an underserved population* (for example, comes from 1) a social, cultural, or educational environment that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge and abilities necessary to develop or participate in a research career and/or 2) a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds for the locale in which the family/applicant resides)
Directions for Completion of Student Application:
- The student will verify that his or her sections of the online application are complete. Failure to do so could disqualify your application from consideration.
- The student will upload one PDF of all undergraduate institutions attended in year order, including course enrollment for the current semester (unofficial transcripts are accepted).
- The applicant can send an email to their faculty advisor through the application form to request that their advisor fill out the nomination form. Faculty advisors must complete a nomination form for the application to be considered complete.
- A list of the information required in the advisor nomination form is in this template; please send this template to your advisor in advance so they have time to prepare their responses.
- All student application materials must be submitted by October 16 at 11:59 pm ET. The faculty advisor nomination form is due by October 18 at 11:59 pm ET.
Student Application Review Criteria:
- Evidence that the applicant is a member of a group underrepresented or underserved in biomedical sciences
- Evidence of academic excellence (unofficial transcript, written statements from student and advisor)
- Evidence of genuine interest in the sciences and a research career
Questions? Contact SOT Headquarters.