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Awards

The Mechanisms Section sponsors a Graduate Student Award program for student members of the section, with awards made annually at the SOT Annual Meeting. The awards include a Merck Postdoctoral Travel Award and the Carl C. Smith Graduate Student Award. For more information also visit the SOT Specialty Section Awards page.

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Awards Descriptions

Award Title Carl C. Smith Graduate Student Award 
Award Description 1. An abstract must be submitted for the 2018 SOT Annual Meeting with the graduate student as the presenting author.

2. The submission files should include (A) a cover letter, (B) a copy of the abstract, and (C) a personal statement that describes how the current project fits into the overall thesis and training as well as career goals. The submission files must be sent as an electronic file attachment (pdf) to sotmechanisms@gmail.com, and must be sent no later than October 15, 2017.

3. Two letters recommending the graduate student and the research project must be sent for each abstract. One recommendation must be from the Department or Section Head. The letter should verify that the work reported in the abstract was done while the student was enrolled in the graduate program. The second letter from the research mentor must also describe the contribution of the student in the completion of the work, especially when there are multiple authors. Letters should be addressed to the Mechanisms SS Junior Councilor and emailed to sotmechanisms@gmail.com by the individuals making the recommendations. In the subject line of the email, please put the following: LOS_CCS_applicantlastname. For example: LOS_CCS_Smith.

4. Applications will be judged on 1) overall scientific impact, 2) mechanistic approach, 3) relevance to toxicology, 4) clarity of findings, 5) quality of writing, 6) letters of recommendation, and 7) the personal statement.

5. Up to three (3) candidates may be nominated by a department or program. The department or program must decide which graduate students best represent them.

6. The graduate student may be sponsored for this award by any person who is a member (active or pending) of the Mechanisms Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology. Member sponsorship from the Mechanisms Specialty Section should be noted in one of the letters of recommendation.

Finalists will be selected and asked to submit a full manuscript for final judging. This manuscript should not be published or in press at the time of submission.This award is made possible by the Carl C. Smith Student Mechanisms Award Fund of the SOT Endowment.  
Deadline November 3 
Applicable Documents  
 
Award Title Postdoctoral Student Travel Award 
Award Description The Mechanisms Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology is pleased to announce a competitive travel award to support the travel of two postdoctoral fellows (up to $500 each) to attend the Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology.

For consideration as a candidate for an award:

1) An abstract must have been submitted to the 2018 SOT Annual Meeting with the postdoctoral fellow as the presenting author. A copy of the abstract and a statement that it is to be considered for this award must be sent electronically as a file attachment (PDF) to sotmechanisms@gmail.com no later than October 15, 2017. . In the subject line, please put “PD_travel_applicantlastname”. For example: PD_travel_Smith.

2) Two letters recommending the postdoctoral fellow and the research project must accompany the abstract. One letter must be from the postdoctoral fellow’s mentor and must specifically state the role and contribution of the fellow in the completion of the work, especially when there are multiple authors.Letters should be addressed to the Mechanisms SS Senior Councilor.

3) The postdoctoral fellow may be sponsored for this award by any person who is a member of the Mechanisms Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology. Member sponsorship from the Mechanisms Specialty Section should be noted in one of the letters of recommendation.

Selection of the awardees will be based on the strength of the mechanistic focus of their research and letters of recommendations. Any questions concerning this award should be directed to sotmechanisms@gmail.com.  
Deadline October 15 
Applicable Documents  
 
Award Title Robert J. Rubin Student Mechanisms SS Travel Award 
Award Description The Mechanisms and Risk Assessment Specialty Sections Robert J. Rubin Student Travel Award provides travel awards to one or more graduate students to participate in the Annual Meeting of the SOT. Recipients of the Rubin Award will be selected by a Committee jointly appointed by the leadership of the Mechanisms Specialty Section and the Risk Assessment Specialty Section. The Award Recipient(s) will be selected based on the scientific quality of the abstract of a presentation that applies mechanistic toxicology to risk assessment and that has been accepted for presentation at an Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology. The abstract should be based on the student's research. Applications for the Award will be accepted for presentations to be given up to one year after the Award Recipient receives their doctoral degree.

A copy of the accepted abstract and a short cover letter from the applicant must be sent electronically as a single file attachment (PDF) to sotmechanisms no later than December 31, 2017. In the subject line, please put "Rubin_applicantlastname." For example: Rubin_Smith.

This award is made possible by the Robert J. Rubin Student Travel Award Fund of the SOT Endowment.  
Deadline December 31 
Applicable Documents  
 
Award Title Mechanisms SS Renal Toxicology Award  
Award Description Eligibility for Renal Toxicology award:
  • Predoctoral Graduate Student or Postdoctoral Scientist
  • Member of SOT
Submission mechanisms and judging criteria:
  • Submission of abstract for SOT Annual Meeting for the year in which application for the award is made
  • Additional 300 word summary that includes purpose of the study or hypothesis being tested, scientific approach (very briefly described), results and significance
  • Focus of the award is on kidney: examples including but not limited to mechanistic or molecular renal toxicology, drug discovery for renal diseases, studies validating urinary biomarkers, measurement of elimination rats of toxicants. Part of the submission essay should describe how the applicant focuses on renal toxicology.
  • Additional letter of support from mentor/advisor describing how project fits into scope of renal toxicology
A single PDF file containing the abstract, essay, and supporting letter to be sent to sotmechanisms@gmail.com by December 10, 2017. In the subject line, please put "Renal_applicantlastname". For Example: Renal_Smith

This award is made possible by the Renal Toxicology Fellowship Award Fund of the SOT Endowment. For more information regarding this award please contact sotmechanisms@gmail.com  
Deadline December 10 
Applicable Documents  
 
Award Title Gabriel L. Plaa Education Award 
Award Description Dr. Gabriel L. Plaa (1930–2009) made outstanding contributions to applying mechanistic toxicology to the area of chemical-induced liver injury during his career. He held the office of Society of Toxicology (SOT) President from 1983–1984 and received numerous awards from the SOT. Just as importantly, Dr. Plaa played a significant role in the education of graduate and post-graduate students in toxicology. His influence was truly extraordinary, and many of his former students also had leadership roles in, and received awards from, the SOT.

The Mechanisms Specialty Section is pleased to offer the Gabriel L. Plaa Education Award to postdoctoral trainees. The requirements for the award are:

1. The applicant must be a postdoctoral trainee and a member of the SOT or have applied for membership with a pending outcome. The applicant does not have to be a member of the Mechanisms Specialty Section.
2. The applicant must be the presenting author on an abstract submitted to the SOT Annual Meeting for the year in which application for the award is made.
3. The applicant should be willing to arrive at the meeting by noon on Sunday for an interview with the selection committee.

The following materials should be submitted as a single PDF file to sotmechanisms@gmail.com, in the subject line of your email, please put "Plaa_applicantlastname". For example: Plaa_Smith:

1. A cover letter (two pages maximum) that includes a statement of the applicant’s research interests and how his/her current research advances the field of mechanistic toxicology
2. A copy of the abstract
3. A current Curriculum Vitae
4. Two letters of recommendation: One letter must be from the postdoctoral advisor and must verify that the work reported in the abstract was performed during postdoctoral training.

Recipients will be announced at the Mechanisms Specialty Section business meeting at the SOT Annual Meeting and will receive a plaque and cash award.

This award is made possible by the Gabriel L. Plaa Education Award Fund of the SOT Endowment.For more information regarding this award please contact sotmechanisms@gmail.com.  
Deadline January 7 
Applicable Documents  
 
Award Title Career Achievement Award 
Award Description The Mechanisms Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology is pleased to announce the creation of the Career Achievement Award at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology.

A single PDF file with the following materials to nominate a candidate must be submitted to sotmechanisms@gmail.com, in the subject line, please put "career_applicantlastname". For example: career_Smith. Applications for the award are requested no later than January 1:

1) A current CV of the nominee.

2) Two letters of recommendation from members of the Mechanisms Specialty Section outlining the research accomplishments and service of the candidate.

Selection of the awardees will be based on the strength of the mechanistic focus of their research and letters of recommendations. Any questions concerning this award should be directed to sotmechanisms@gmail.com.  
Deadline January 1 
Applicable Documents  
 
Award Title Ronald G. Thurman Student Travel Award 
Award Description The Mechanisms Specialty Section is pleased to offer the Ronald G. Thurman Student Travel Award to an outstanding graduate student. The requirements for the award are:

1. The applicant must be a graduate student and a member of the SOT or have applied for membership with a pending outcome. The applicant does not have to be a member of the Mechanisms Specialty Section.
2. The applicant must be the presenting author on an abstract submitted to the SOT Annual Meeting for the year in which application for the award is made.
3. Judging will be based on the following criteria: Does this abstract contain a clear hypothesis? Does this work focus on basic mechanisms of injury or repair or metabolism in liver? Is this work novel? Does this study define a clear mechanism of injury or repair? Was the significance of the findings articulated sufficiently well?

The following materials should be submitted as a single PDF to sotmechanisms@gmail.com, in the subject line, please put "Thurman_applicantlastname". For example: Thurman_Smith:

1. A cover letter (one page maximum) that includes a statement of the applicant’s research interests and how his/her current research advances the field of mechanistic toxicology in the liver
2. A copy of the abstract

Recipients will be announced at the Mechanisms Specialty Section business meeting at the SOT Annual Meeting and will receive a plaque and cash award.

This award is made possible by the Ronald G. Thurman Student Travel Award Fund of the SOT Endowment. For more information regarding this award please contact sotmechanisms@gmail.com.  
Deadline January 1 
Applicable Documents  
 
Award Title Sheldon D. Murphy Mechanisms SS Student Travel Endowment Award 
Award Description The Sheldon D. Murphy Memorial Fund was established in memory of Sheldon D. Murphy, a Charter Member of the SOT, and its fourteenth President (1974–1975). Dr. Murphy was an inspiring leader who made significant contributions in toxicology education, research and public service. This Memorial Fund honors Dr. Murphy’s considerable contributions to the science of toxicology.

Criteria:

  • Nominees shall be selected by a Committee appointed annually by the officers of the Mechanisms Specialty Section.
  • Selections of nominees shall be based upon the scientific quality of the applicant’s abstract to be presented at the SOT Annual Meeting the following March.
  • Applicants must be PhD candidates in toxicology at the time of the Annual Meeting for which travel support is being requested.
  • Applicants must be student members of the Society or have a membership application pending as of October 9th of the preceding year.
  • Applicants should have an abstract submitted and accepted for the meeting-deadline for abstract submission is October 7.
Awards may be announced at the meeting of the Mechanisms Specialty Section held in conjunction with the SOT Annual Meeting and shall be acknowledged at the Annual Meeting. The Award Recipient(s) will be selected based on the scientific quality of the abstract of a presentation that applies mechanistic toxicology and that has been accepted for presentation at an Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology. The abstract and presentation should be based on the student's research.

The following materials as a single PDF file should be submitted to sotmechanisms@gmail.com, In the subject line, please put “Murphy_applicantlastname”. For example: Murphy_Smith:

  1. Applicants must submit an abstract that has been submitted to the Annual Meeting.
  2. Cover letter indicating intent to apply and status as a PhD candidate. Please indicate date of advancement to candidacy.
This award is made possible by the Sheldon D. Murphy Student Award Endowment Fund.  
Deadline October 15 
Applicable Documents