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Education and Outreach Resources

SOT Education Summit

The Education Summit was hosted by SOT in October 2011 to identify critical gaps in toxicology education and generate strategic initiatives for SOT to advance toxicology education and training to meet the future needs of the discipline and profession. The website includes the speaker presentations and summary reports.

SOT Annual Meeting Education Activities

The Education Committee, Education Subcommittees, and Committee on Diversity Initiatives organize a number of educationally-oriented activities at the SOT Annual Meeting. including specific sessions for undergraduates and high school students, a meeting of undergraduate faculty. Of special note is the opportunity for toxicologists to share their education efforts at any level of formal education as well as information education by submitting a poster for the education topic. More information about submitting is found  in this Call for Posters.

Resources for Undergraduate Faculty and for Presenters to Undergraduates

SOT Undergraduate Internship Funding—SOT will award matching funds to support up to six undergraduate toxicology interns for summer 2014 (with 50% matching from the host institution or other funding sources). Consistent with the SOT goal of enhancing recruitment of students into the field of toxicology, this Education Committee program enables more students to obtain toxicology research experience. Funding preference is for institutions with demonstrated success with established summer research programs and those programs recruiting from student groups typically underrepresented in the sciences. Institutions will use their stated methods to select the SOT-supported interns but are encouraged to carefully consider the applications from students accepted for the SOT Undergraduate Education Program. Students who receive SOT funding will do research related to toxicology or risk assessment. Preference was given to programs aimed at student groups typically underrepresented in the sciences. SOT Funding helped support five summer internship positions in summer 2013.

The SOT Student Research Internships listing provides students easy access to opportunities in the categories below. To have your program added, send information to Betty Eidemiller.

NEW!! Undergraduate Toxicology Curriculum Resources—SOT members can access instructional materials that have been peer reviewed.

Undergraduate Toxicology Curriculum Resources Submission—Submit your teaching materials for consideration for this collection of resources (syllabi, lecture slides, laboratory activities, etc.) for the teaching of toxicology to undergraduates. The Undergraduate Education Subcommittee of the SOT Education Committee is developing this resource to provide.

Undergraduate Educator Network Webinars—The Education Committee Undergraduate Subcommittee is organizing these webinars to provide faculty development opportunities for undergraduate educators and those who are considering this career path. The webinars will be recorded and available on the SOT website along with the slides and other supporting materials.

Undergraduate Educator Network—SOT Members may join this open ToXchange community to receive the Undergraduate Educator Network e-letter, announcements of importance to undergraduate faculty, and to participate in discussions of topics of interest.

Introduction to Toxicology Slide Sets—These PowerPoint slides provide a general introduction to toxicology concepts and a career in toxicology. Designed for presentations to undergraduate audiences, they can be adapted for educational presentations for other groups.

ToxScholar Program—Funding available from the Education Committee for speakers to visit undergraduate institutions to make toxicology and career presentations. The Committee on Diversity Initiatives funds visits to institutions that have a high proportion of students who are from groups underrepresented in the sciences.

International ToxScholar Outreach Grants—Funding visits of toxicologists to developing nations to expand awareness of toxicology and promote toxicology careers through interaction of toxicologists with undergraduate and graduate students.

Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program—This program provides support for a senior toxicologist from a developing country to attend the SOT meeting and visit a Host US toxicologist in an academic, government, or industry setting. The Host is also funded to visit the Scholar’s institution.

Resources for Undergraduate Students—SOT provides travel awards for the Annual Meeting and other links on this page lead to internship listings, the SOT Undergraduate Student Affiliate registration form, and other items of importance for undergraduate students interested in toxicology.

Find out about toxicology clubs and other activities of toxicology undergraduate students in the newsletter re:ADME produced by undergraduates. 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.

Scientists and K–12 Outreach

K–12 Outreach for Scientists includes links to resources for use in formal and informal education outreach, tips for volunteering and mentoring, and summaries of SOT K–12 outreach activities.

Resources for Learners—College and Beyond

NEW! Supplemental Training for Education Program for doctoral students who propose participation in a workshop or event that clearly addresses unmet needs to elevate the applicant’s probability of achieving the planned career track.

CEd-Tox Online Courses include many courses from the SOT Annual Meeting which are available by registration. The Bioinformatics Continuing Education course is available at no charge.

ToxLearn Module I: “Introduction to Toxicology and Dose-Response” is a new National Library of Medicine resource developed in conjunction with the SOT Education Committee. ToxLearn is a multimodule online learning tool that provides an introduction to toxicology for users who have some familiarity with biology and chemistry. It can be used as an ancillary curriculum to a first-level undergraduate toxicology course, and can provide users of NLM toxicology databases with a working knowledge of basic toxicology principles. Additional units will be made available as they are completed.

ToxLearn is an update of NLM ToxTutor, which was designed to provide a basic understanding of toxicology as an aide for users of toxicology literature contained in the National Library of Medicine toxicological and chemical databases.

Colgate-Palmolive In Vitro Toxicology Lectures for Students presentation slides are available. These lectures are held every year at the Annual Meeting to focus on questions related to or to feature important research involving the use of in vitro and alternative techniques to study basic mechanisms and to illustrate how these test methods benefit animal welfare by refining, reducing, and replacing animal use whenever it is feasible.

Career Materials

How About a Career in Toxicology?—A brochure for students PDF Icon

Undergraduate Student Opportunities in Toxicology—Information card for students PDF Icon

Toxicology Career Poster PDF Icon

These are the Days of Our Lives…as Toxicologists—2013 SOT YouTox Video Challenge Winner portraying life as a toxicologist.

Resource Guide to Careers in Toxicology—These webpages provide an overview of careers in toxicology and information about academic programs in toxicology.

Education-Career Development Sessions—Access to sessions at SOT Annual Meetings that provide insight into many aspects related to careers in toxicology

Toxicology Career Surveys—What do toxicologists make? What training and skills are important for professionals in toxicology? The results of various surveys are linked from this site.

Career Webinars—The SOT Postdoctoral Assembly has produced a number of webinars of special interest to early career toxicologists on topics from grant writing to career progression in academia and other fields

References Related to Animals in Research

The Importance of Animals in Research—SOT brochure explaining the position of SOT and animals in research PDF Icon

Issues Related to Animals in Toxicology Research

Resources, Links, and Policy Statements of Other Professional Societies

Messaging Guide for Scientists Discussing Humane, Responsible Animal Research PDF Icon

Other Resources

What Toxicologists Say—Comments from SOT past presidents about toxicology

Toxicology Studies—Helpful Tips for Determining Relevance for Humans—Talking points useful in outreach

SOT Issues Statements

SOT Position Papers

Congressional Briefings—Nanotoxicology and Biomonitoring

Toxicology Topics

50th Anniversary Publications includes stories about the 50 years of SOT and the history of toxicology training programs

Risk Assessment—SOT Article from the 1998 Communiqué

EnviroHealth Links—Education, Careers, Outreach (National Library of Medicine)

Is It Safe?—Toxicology Education Video promoting the role of the individual in issues related to chemical use

Toxicology Terms from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and Human Health Division Glossary of Terms Used in Toxicology, 2nd Edition

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