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Supplemental Training for Education Program

The SOT is addressing the diversity in preparation required for entry of graduate students into the modern workforce by offering Supplemental Training for Education Program (STEP). This pilot program will enable outstanding doctoral students to pursue training in identified areas of professional/scientific development that are necessary for them to achieve their career goals but outside the immediate scope of their graduate training and research program.

A strong application will propose participation in a workshop or event that clearly addresses unmet needs to elevate the applicant’s probability of achieving the planned career track. The Education Committee will give priority to students proposing activities/courses distinct from those offered by their home institution.

For example, experiences similar to those that might be proposed include:

Professional development courses geared toward government-based specialties are offered by Graduate School USA with both online and in person training (DC) opportunities, by the Center for Professional Innovation and Education, Inc. (examples include Preparation of US FDA submissions and communicating with the US FDA, The Drug Development Process—From Discovery to Commercialization, and Writing Effective Standard Operating Procedures and Other Process Documents).

Writing skill enhancement is offered at various institutions, and during specialized programs such as ASM Publishing Institute.

Technique training such as PK offered by SimCyp and Certara (Phoenix-WinNonLin&NLME).

Statistical and software training might include SAS courses.

Grant writing and management opportunities include NIH Regional Seminars and Grant Writing USA.

Risk Assessment skill development through experiences such as Bootcamp and Dose Response Modeling.

Environmental Health Institute is offered by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Approximately five awards of up to $1,000 each will be given this year to support travel and registration of highly meritorious applicants selected based on academic record, personal statement on relevance of the proposed professional activity to career goals, and advisor’s supporting recommendation.


Download the award description and application.

Deadlines: October 9 and May 1

STEP Recipients

See STEP Reports in the Communiqué.