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SOT Awards

Each year, the Society recognizes scientists who are making a positive impact on the field of toxicology through the SOT Awards program. SOT Awards honor individuals from all career levels and often consist of a stipend or financial support for research.

The Society encourages its full members to nominate colleagues and mentors for one of its many awards. All are welcome to explore the SOT Awards information and apply for select awards directly.

View award information based on criteria (SOT Award, Specialty Section Award, Student Award, etc.):



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To nominate candidates or apply for an SOT Award and Supported Award, select the award description through one of the dropdown boxes below. On the description page, access the Awards Nomination Online System or the award application and nomination instructions.

The deadline for applications and nominations for SOT Awards and Supported Awards given at the SOT Annual Meeting is October 9 of the preceding year.

Regional Chapter Awards, Special Interest Group Awards, and Specialty Sections Awards have various deadlines throughout the year. Full descriptions of each award and application and nomination procedures are available through the award descriptions above. Please note that these awards do not use the Awards Nomination Online System. For those awards, application information and materials should be available directly on the description page.

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Recent and Historical Listings of SOT Award Recipients

SOT bestowed its first award in 1966, and the Society now honors dozens of gifted toxicologists and students each year. SOT Groups and the Endowment Fund also recognize individuals every year.

Go to: Recent SOT Award Recipients

Go to: Historical Archive of SOT Awards

Go to: Recent Endowment Fund Award Recipients

Go to: Historical Archive of Endowment Fund Award Recipients

Awards Review Process

The Awards Committee reviews applications for SOT Awards and Supported Awards for scientists. Nominations for most of these awards must be submitted by a sponsor and a seconder who are Full Members of SOT using the Online Award Nomination Form. The supporting documentation must indicate the candidate’s achievements in toxicology and is critical in the review of each application. See the award description for the additional requirements for some of the awards, including the Supported Awards.

The Board of Publications reviews the Best Paper Awards in Toxicological Sciences and the Education Committee, Committee on Diversity Initiatives, Postdoctoral Assembly, and Graduate Student Leadership Committee all select recipients of specific awards as determined by SOT Council.

Student and postdoctoral scholar awards, both SOT and Supported Awards, will be reviewed by the Awards Committee, and application procedures are specific for each award. Other student and postdoctoral awards are available through Regional Chapters, Specialty Sections, and Special Interest Groups. A candidate may apply for any award for which he or she is eligible and may apply for and receive multiple awards, whether SOT, Regional Chapters, or Specialty Sections sponsor the awards. Policies related to travel awards are determined by the sponsor (SOT, Regional Chapter, Specialty Section, or Special Interest Group).

Awards FAQs

The Awards Committee reviews applications for SOT Awards and Supported Awards for scientists. Nominations for most of these awards must be submitted by a sponsor and a seconder who are Full Members of SOT using the Online Award Nomination Form. The supporting documentation must indicate the candidate’s achievements in toxicology and is critical in the review of each application. See the award description for the additional requirements for some of the awards, including the Supported Awards.

Council has conferred that the Awards Committee selects the recipient for the following awards:

Achievement Award
Arnold J. Lehman Award
Contributions to Public Awareness of Animals in Toxicology Research Award
Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award
Education Award
Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award
SOT Endowment Fund Founders Award
Leading Edge in Basic Science Award
Merit Award
Public Communications Award
Translational Impact Award
Translational/Bridging Travel Award
Endowment Fund Undergraduate  Educator Award

The Board of Publications reviews the Best Paper Awards in Toxicological Sciences and the Education Committee, Committee on Diversity Initiatives, Postdoctoral Assembly, and Graduate Student Leadership Committee all select recipients of specific awards as determined by SOT Council.

Other student and postdoctoral awards are available through Regional Chapters, Specialty Sections, and Special Interest Groups. A candidate may apply for any award for which he or she is eligible and may apply for and receive multiple awards as long as there is no specific policy from an individual award that may prevent this. Policies related to travel awards are determined by the sponsor (SOT, Regional Chapter, Specialty Section, or Special Interest Group).

Frequently Asked Questions for SOT Awards and Supported Awards:

Q. Who determines which awards the Society will give annually?
A. As stated in the Bylaws, Council annually determines the types and awards to be conferred at the Annual Meeting and the stipend. Council shall designate which Committee shall identify recipients for each award that is designated to that specific Committee

The Awards Committee selects the recipients for the following awards:
Achievement Award
Arnold J. Lehman Award
Contributions to Public Awareness of Animals in Toxicology Research Award
Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award
Education Award
Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award
SOT Endowment Fund Founders Award
Leading Edge in Basic Science Award
Merit Award
Public Communications Award
Translational Impact Award
Translational/Bridging Travel Award
Endowment Fund Undergraduate Educator Award

Q. What is the difference between an SOT award and a Supported Award?
A. SOT Awards are funded through the Society and or the SOT Endowment Fund. Supported Awards are funded via the supporting company, but are administered by the SOT Awards Committee.

Q. How do I tell the difference between a SOT Award and a Supported Award?
A. SOT Awards have the SOT salus next to the award name or the SOT Endowment Fund logo. The Supported awards do not have any logo with them and are labeled as Supported Awards.

Q. How are members of the Awards Committee selected?
A. The Awards Committee members are elected by the membership based on the requirements established in the SOT Bylaws and after having been nominated by the SOT Nominating Committee.

Q. Are the decisions of the Awards Committee final?
A. Yes, the Awards Committee selects the annual recipients of SOT Awards and Supported Awards and their decisions can’t be overturned by Council and or the supporting company.

Q. Can members current of the Awards Committee be nominated to receive an SOT Award
A. Current members of the Awards Committee can be nominated for an SOT Award, but they can’t actually receive the award while serving on the Awards Committee and for a year after their term on the Committee has ended as stated in the SOT Bylaws.

Q. Many SOT Awards require that the applicant be a member.  If I’m not a member, does that mean I am not eligible?
A. If you submit the application for membership before the October 9, award application deadline, your membership status will be classified as “pending” and you will be considered eligible to receive the award. The nominator(s) must be a member at the time the award is given if this is a requirement of the award. Even better, apply before the regular September 1, membership application deadline!

Q. Does my membership application have to be fully completed by October 9?
A. You must have already submitted your portion of the membership application, but if a sponsor letter has not yet been submitted, that will not disqualify you. Follow-up with your sponsor so your application is quickly completed. You must be a member by the time you receive the award.

Q. Are there restrictions as to the number of awards for which one member can be nominated?
A. A member can be nominated for multiple SOT Awards as long as eligibility requirements for each individual award are met.

Q. Is there a limit to the number of awards a member may accept?
A. No. Given the prestige of SOT Awards, it is unlikely that one member will win more than one SOT award in a given year.  Previous award recipients often are nominated for additional awards in subsequent years. Carefully read the award requirements to ensure your candidate meets the criteria.

Q. What do Award Recipients receive for being selected to receive an award?
A. In addition to the prestige of receiving the award, SOT Awards include a cash stipend. Award recipients are recognized in that year’s Annual Meeting promotional materials and the SOT website. She/he is presented with a plaque during the SOT Award Ceremony. Current year recipients are invited to attend the President’s reception along with a guest.

Q. Can I self-nominate myself for an award?
A. Yes, as long as you are able to get another Full member to write the initial or seconder letter.  Historically, SOT members have nominated scientists that they thought were worthy of receiving an SOT award. This process can occur with or without the knowledge of the nominee. 

Q. Do I need to submit the full CV of the nominee?
A. No, please follow the award instructions and only submit 8 pages of documentation of the nominee’s achievements based on the award criteria.

Q. The SOT Award nomination process requires two letters from Full Members of the Society?  Is it beneficial to have more letters submitted for a nomination? 
A. No. The SOT awards process is based on the best candidate winning and is not a popularity contest. It is better to put more time into writing two quality letters than spending time soliciting additional letters of support for a nomination.

Q. How long do nominations stay valid for review?
A. Nominations are reviewed for three years and then retired unless the nominator resubmits the nomination. 

Q. Do I have to resubmit a nomination if my candidate does not win within three years?
A. Yes.

Q. What is the notification process when a nominee is selected?
A. A member of the Awards Committee will contact the Full member who submitted the nomination and give them the option to notify the recipients. SOT Headquarters staff only contacts the nominee upon being informed that the person is aware that she/he has won.

Q. Does SOT pay the travel expenses for an Award Recipient to attend the Annual Meeting?
A. No, award recipients are responsible for their own travel expenses to the SOT Annual Meeting.

Q. Do Award Recipients receive complimentary registration to the SOT Annual Meeting. 
A. All members of SOT are responsible for paying the Annual Meeting registration fees. An Award Recipient can ask Council for an Annual Meeting registration fee waiver. 

Q. Can another person accept the plaque if the Award Recipient is unable to travel to the Annual Meeting?
A. Yes, arrangements can be made for special requests. 

Q. How are Supported Awards created?
A. Council has to approve all Supported Awards. Please call SOT Headquarters to discuss Supported Award opportunities.

Student Award FAQs

Q. Am I eligible for a Graduate Student Fellowship?
A. Yes, if you are a graduate student who has advanced to candidacy for a PhD, are an SOT member (or pending member), and your advisor is an SOT member.

Q. Am I eligible for a Graduate Student Travel Award?
A. Yes, if you are a student in a doctoral program, you have submitted an abstract for the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo through the traditional application process, are an SOT member (or pending member), and you have not received a Graduate Student Travel Award before.

Q. I am (my advisor is) not currently an SOT Member. Does that mean I am not eligible?
A. If you (your advisor) submit the application for membership before the October 9, award application deadline, membership status will be classified as “pending” and you will be considered eligible. Even better, apply before the regular September 1, membership application deadline!

Q. Does my membership application have to be fully completed by October 9?
A. You must have submitted your portion of the membership application, but if a sponsor letter isn’t in that will not disqualify you. Followup with your sponsor so your application is quickly completed. You must be a member by the time you receive the award.

Q. Are there restrictions as to the number of awards for which one student can apply?
A. A student can apply for multiple national SOT, Regional Chapter, Special Interest Group, and Specialty Section awards as long as eligibility requirements for the individual awards or funding are met.

Q. Is there a limit to the number of awards a student may accept?
A. No, with the exception of funds from national SOT. The sponsoring group—SOT national, Regional Chapter, Special Interest Group, or Specialty Section—determines eligibility and whether a student may accept another award or funds. In order to provide funding to as many students as possible, SOT national will only provide one type of meeting-related travel support or award funds to a graduate student in any one year.

SOT national meeting-related funding includes the following:

  • Graduate Student Travel Support
  • Funding for interviews for SOT Graduate Fellowship—Novartis
  • Perry J. Gehring Student Diversity Award
  • Syngenta Fellowship Award in Human Health Applications of New Technologies
  • Travel funding for Graduate Student Leadership Committee (GSLC) Chair and Subcommittee Chairs, and RC, SIG, and SS Graduate Student Representatives
Please note that Colgate-Palmolive Student Research Funding program does not provide travel funds for the meeting, so a student may receive this funding and one of the awards listed above from SOT in the same year.

Q. Do I need an official transcript for my application?
A. No, an unofficial copy is OK.

Graduate Student Travel Support

Q. In the past, SOT has given student travel money to more than one student at an institution. Will they do the same this year?
A. Yes. The number funded per institution is dependent upon availability of funds and total number of applicants.

Q. How is the Travel Support administered?
A. The student recipient will receive a check for travel expenses. The student is responsible for making his or her own registration, lodging, and travel arrangements. SOT treats this as a travel reimbursement rather than as a stipend.

Q. How much is the Travel Support?
A. The amount varies from year to year depending on the number of qualified applicants and the total funds available. In 2010, the amount of travel support each student received was $1,000.

Q. I am a graduate student, but I do not live in the US, am I eligible for Graduate Travel Support?
A. Yes, you are.

Q. I once participated in the SOT Undergraduate Minority Program and received travel support. Does that mean I am not eligible for Graduate Travel Support?
A. No, the only restriction is that a student may receive Graduate Student Travel Support from SOT only once. Travel support received previously from the SOT Undergraduate Minority Program does not affect eligibility for the SOT Graduate Student Travel Support.

Q. I won a Regional Chapter/Special Interest Group/Specialty Section travel award last year. Does that mean I am not eligible for the SOT Graduate Student Travel Support?
A. Regional Chapter, Special Interest Group, or Specialty Section Awards from a current or previous year do not affect eligibility for the SOT Graduate Student Travel Support.

Q. Does SOT offer student travel funds throughout the year or only for the Annual Meeting? If other funds are available, where are the applications?
A. SOT also offers support for students to learn alternative research techniques through the Colgate-Palmolive Awards for Student Research Training in Alternative Methods. Application deadlines for these awards are February 15, June 15, and October 9.

Regional Chapters, Special Interest Groups, and Specialty Sections also provide awards. Check the SOT Awards listing, located above in the Awards Descriptions and Criteria section.

Q. I am a graduate student representative and member of the Graduate Student Leadership Committee (GSLC). Can I accept an award in addition to my travel funding as a Graduate Committee representative?
A. That depends. If the award is from SOT national, then you MAY NOT accept both the award funds and the GC travel funding. SOT policy dictates that you may receive funds from only one source through SOT national—You may decide which award/funding to accept. However, you MAY accept funds from as many Regional Chapter, Special Interest Group, or Specialty Section awards as you are eligible and selected to receive, according to their policies.

Q. I am an undergraduate interested in toxicology. Do you have travel funds for which I can apply?
A. SOT has several programs providing travel support for undergraduates. Use “Undergraduate Students and their Advisors” as a criteria on the Awards listing, located above in the Awards Descriptions and Criteria section, and review the resulting list.

Q. I am a postdoctoral scholar. Does SOT have funds to support my travel?
A. The Colgate-Palmolive Postdoctoral Fellowship candidates are interviewed at the meeting and receive travel support. Some Regional Chapters, Special Interest Groups, and Specialty Sections provide travel awards for postdocs. Use “Postdoctoral” as a criteria on the Awardslisting, located above in the Awards Descriptions and Criteria section, and review the resulting list.