Resources for Undergraduate Students
Career and Toxicology Resources
Toxicology provides many career opportunities for those seeking a profession that is innovative, science-based, and helps protect the health of humans, animals, and the environment.
SOT Undergraduate Student Affiliate Status
SOT Undergraduate Student Affiliates—Undergraduate students can connect with SOT, receive communications, and discuss topics of interest via the Undergraduate Affiliate ToXchange community by signing up as an Undergraduate Student Affiliate.
Students can find out about a variety of opportunities such as travel and poster awards related to Regional Chapter meetings, toxicology-related activities on campuses, and other activities across the nation. For example, a group of toxicology undergrads have initiated the newsletter re:ADME. This newsletter includes articles by representatives from toxicology clubs around the country and other contributions. Developed by students, the opinions expressed are the opinions of the authors and do not represent positions of SOT, nor is the newsletter an official activity of SOT.
SOT Annual Meeting Opportunities for Undergraduates
Annual Meeting Registration Fee Waivers
Undergraduate students may request a meeting registration fee waiver by completing a Registration Form and sending it with a copy of their student ID to the attention of Jim Dailey, Meeting Registrar, via email or fax: 703.438.3113.
SOT Travel Funding and Recognition
SOT has four funding opportunities that provide support for travel and lodging and access to special activities at the SOT Annual Meeting. Specific criteria for each are below.
Minority Undergraduate Student and Advisor Award
Deadline: October 9
Selected students from racial/ethnic groups under-represented in the sciences (for example, African American, Hispanic, and Native American including Alaskan or Pacific Islander) receive travel funding and lodging to attend the 3-day Undergraduate Education Program. Advisors of undergraduate students may also apply.
Previous Minority Undergraduate Student and Advisor Award Recipients
Eye on CDI features Minority Program Alumni
The Committee on Diversity Initiatives (CDI) is pleased to spotlight outstanding toxicologists who were selected from a national applicant pool for the Minority Undergraduate Student Award in previous years. These scientists share more about their lives and careers since their introduction to toxicology at SOT.
Read about the career paths of previous program participants.
Other Resources for Students Under-represented in the Sciences
Perry J. Gehring Diversity Student Travel Award
Deadline: October 9
Students who 1) received the Minority Undergraduate Travel Award within the last four years and 2) have submitted an abstract. Abstract deadline is October 7—see Abstract Submission.
Previous Perry J. Gehring Diversity Student Award Recipients
Undergraduate Toxicology Education Program Award
Deadline: October 9
Students attending institutions receiving less than $15 million federal support for science and engineering may also be selected to receive travel funding and lodging to attend the 3-day Undergraduate Education Program.
Previous Undergraduate Toxicology Education Program Award Recipients
Pfizer SOT Undergraduate Student Travel Award
Deadline: October 9
Undergraduate students who submitted abstracts for presentation at the meeting can apply for this award. Abstract deadline is October 7—see Abstract Submission. Up to ten awardees receive travel support, registration for the SOT Annual Meeting, and special recognition from Pfizer.
Previous Pfizer SOT Undergraduate Student Travel Award Recipients
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Undergraduate Education Program
This special program at the SOT Annual Meeting is hosted by the Committee for Diversity Initiatives. The full program from Saturday before the meeting starts through Monday is for students selected for Minority and Undergraduate Travel Awards. Any undergraduate student registering for the SOT Annual Meeting can sign up on the meeting registration form for the Sunday portion of the Program until all places are filled. This Sunday program includes introductory toxicology lectures, special sessions to learn more about applying for graduate school and being successful in graduate school, and the opportunity to meet one-on-one with directors of academic toxicology programs.
Student Research Opportunities
A great way to learn about toxicology is to participate in toxicology research! Research experience is also a way for you to find out if you want to consider going to graduate school. SOT provides links to toxicology internship opportunities and other information about research experiences at Student Research Internships in Toxicology.
Invite Speakers to your Campus
Domestic ToxScholar Outreach Grants
The SOT Education Committee will provide funding for toxicologists to make presentations about toxicology and toxicology careers to undergraduate audiences, especially at campuses that do not offer toxicology in their curricula. Details are found at the Domestic ToxScholar Outreach Grants web page. A faculty member would serve as the contact for the toxicologist. Faculty or student groups can contact Betty Eidemiller for more information.
The Committee on Diversity Initiatives will fund travel costs for toxicologists to visit target undergraduate institutions, especially those institutions with a large proportion of students who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences. The toxicologist will present lectures and career information to the appropriate student audiences and the visit is coordinated with a faculty member. Details are found at the Domestic ToxScholar Outreach Grants web page. Student groups can contact Rachel Woodson for more information. Faculty can submit an application for a specific speaker or request that SOT assist with a speaker match.
SMART Scholarship Program for Undergraduate Science Students
The US Department of Defense (DOD) employs more scientists and engineers than any other government agency and to meet future employment needs Congress created a highly lucrative DOD scholarship. The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship program’s overarching goal is promoting the education, recruitment, and retention of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines.
Recipients get their full tuition and fees paid, but are given allowances for books and health care and receive an annual cash stipend ranging from $25,000 to $41,000. In exchange for receiving the award, students must agree to work for a DOD laboratory for a specified period of time. Students who are at least 18 years of age, enrolled or planning to be enrolled in a STEM discipline program, and are US citizens are eligible to apply for a SMART Scholarship. Applications must be received by December 15.