Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Corner
From Your Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Representatives
Welcome to the student/postdoc corner of the North Carolina Society of Toxicology! The NCSOT offers several great opportunities for students and postdoctoral scholars to network, showcase their research and earn awards at our regional chapter meetings and throughout the year:
Awards (NCSOT members only) (more information)Graduate Student Platform Competition: Interested graduate students submit abstracts for the regional chapter meeting and four are selected for a 15 minute presentation: awards are provided for the best presentation and the 3 finalists.
President Award for Research Competition (PARC): The PARC is a platform competition for postdoctoral scholars. Interested participants submit extended abstracts for consideration. Awards are provided for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place abstracts and the 1st place winner presents a 20 minute presentation at the regional chapter meeting.
Student/Postdoc Poster Competition: Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars submit abstracts and present posters at the regional chapter meeting: awards are provided for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
Career Development and Networking
Career Panel: The career panel is held at the regional chapter meeting and provides students and postdoctoral scholars an opportunity to talk with the meeting speakers and local toxicologists from academia, government and industry. This event is space restricted to encourage a relaxed environment, so make sure to register early!
Graduate Student Representatives
New Student/Postdoctoral Opportunities and Announcements
Career in Toxicology?
Having a career in toxicology can be challenging, exciting, and beneficial to our society. Toxicologists are involved in generating information concerning how toxic substances produce their effects. They ask and answer a diverse range of questions. Will these chemicals harm humans? Are these chemicals dangerous to the environment? What are the effects of these novel compounds? With increasing interest in protecting public health and the environment, a wide and growing variety of career opportunities are available in the field of toxicology giving the career a great job outlook.Jobs are available for those with associate and bachelor degrees. However, more education provides more opportunities, more responsibility, and a higher salary. Approximately 50% of employed toxicologists have a PhD. In addition, a postdoctoral fellowship is necessary for most research and academia positions. A postdoctoral experience allows recent doctoral graduates to gain more experience in people management, project management, and grant-writing. Toxicology postdoctoral opportunities can be found at SOT’s Career Resource and Development Services.
Want to learn more about careers in toxicology? RSVP to attend the career panel luncheon at this upcoming fall meeting. Also, read the resource guide to careers in toxicology for more detailed information.
Recent Article in Science About Career Planning and IDPs
Scientific careers are not like the board game Monopoly. In Monopoly, the rules are clear and it’s relatively easy to succeed; in fact you get $200 just for hanging in there long enough to pass “Go” on your way to the next round. But in science, it often seems there are no definite rules and there’s no guaranteed payoff for advancing to the next training round: PhD, postdoc, second postdoc—then what? To succeed in science, you need to have a game plan. This is especially true in the current research environment. Learn more about career planning and IDPs.
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