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Award Title Career Achievement in Biotechnology Award 
Award Description An engraved plaque will be awarded to a Senior Investigator whose body of work represents an outstanding achievement or contribution in the evolution of scientifically relevant approaches to and interpretation of toxicological aspects that are unique to biotechnology-derived products.

The nominator should provide a discussion of the role that the individual's work has played in advancing the field of biotechnology and the safety assessment of biotechnology products. A curriculum vitae and bibliography should also be included. A second letter of recommendation from another investigator in the field would be helpful.

The nomination letter discussing the individual’s work in advancing the field should specifically address 4 areas:

1) Contribution to the field—depth and breadth of scientific contributions and significance of contributions for advancing the field.

2) Major influence in the education/training/mentorship of young scientists in the field including training in government, industry, or academia.

3) Leadership and service to the field including involvement in the Specialty Section or other meetings/organizations related to the safety assessment of biotechnology products.

4) Influence on regulatory and risk/safety assessment decisions related to toxicological aspects of biotechnology-derived products.

Nominations of candidates not selected will be considered for two additional years unless the nomination is withdrawn by the sponsor.

Determination of the awardee will be by the members of the award committee.

Please submit nominations to Jacintha Shenton.  
Deadline January 12 
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Award Title Outstanding Young Investigator Award 
Award Description A monetary prize will be awarded to the Young Investigator who has made a significant contribution to the evolution of scientifically relevant approaches to and interpretation of toxicology aspects unique to biotechnology-derived products. The recipient must have less than 10 years of experience since obtaining his/her highest earned degree. This award is NOT LIMITED only to those in academia.

The nomination should include:

1) Summary of the candidate’s scientific contributions, including originality, creativity, and impact on advancing the field of biotechnology as it relates to the toxicology/environmental health sciences communities

2) A curriculum vitae

3) Two letters of recommendation

All nominations of candidates who have not received the award will be retained and considered for an additional two years unless the nomination is withdrawn by the sponsor.

Determination of the awardee will be by the members of the award committee.

Please submit nominations to Jacintha Shenton.  
Deadline January 12 
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Award Title Student Achievement Award 
Award Description A monetary stipend will be awarded to two graduate students ($500 each) who are presenting a poster at the SOT Annual Meeting and whose work exemplifies the mission of the Biotechnology Specialty Section.

Nominees are evaluated with respect to the following criteria:

1) Must be a graduate student in good standing with the university.

2) Must attend and present an abstract/poster at the SOT Annual Meeting.

3) Can be a US or International student.

4) Must submit a curriculum vitae along with two letters of recommendation.

5) Must include a letter explaining how attendance at the Annual Meeting will contribute to their career development.

Determination of the awardee will be by the members of the award committee.

Please submit nominations to Jacintha Shenton.  
Deadline January 12 
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Award Title Best Paper Award 
Award Description A monetary prize will be awarded to the authors of the best paper in the area of biotechnology, published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. The paper should have been published between January 1 and December 1 of the year preceding the SOT Annual Meeting at which the award is presented. The nomination for this award should provide a full citation of the paper and a short discussion of the value of the research to the field of biotechnology.

Determination of the awardee will be by the members of the award committee.

Please submit nominations to Jacintha Shenton.  
Deadline January 12 
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Award Title Battelle Postdoctoral Award in Biotechnology 
Award Description The Battelle Postdoctoral Award in Biotechnology will recognize a postdoctoral researcher whose work, as demonstrated in a poster or oral presentation at the SOT Annual meeting, best exemplifies the mission of the BTSS. A plaque of recognition and monetary prize ($500) will be awarded to the winning nominee. This award is sponsored by Battelle Memorial Institute and will be presented to the winner at the BTSS reception held during the SOT Annual Meeting.

Nominations should include:
  1. A copy of the abstract of the nominee’s presentation at the SOT Annual Meeting
  2. The nominee’s curriculum vitae
  3. Two letters of support
Determination of the awardee will be by the members of the awards committee.

Please submit nominations to Jacintha Shenton.  
Deadline February 9 
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Award Title Boehringer Ingelheim Award for Excellence in Biotherapeutic Safety 
Award Description The Biotechnology Specialty Section (BTSS) is thrilled to announce a new award for 2018 which has been made possible by the Boehringer Ingelheim Biotherapeutic Safety Excellence Fund. The Boehringer Ingelheim Award for Excellence in Biotherapeutic Safety is intended to encourage research and training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in nonclinical safety sciences as applied to biotherapeutic products. Examples include (but are not limited to): biotechnology-derived proteins; gene therapies; vaccines; blood-derived products; imaging agents; molecular diagnostics; genetically-modified organics (crops, foods, and animals); biodegradable plastics; biofuels; biodefense; and bioremediation. The award recipient will be eligible for reimbursement of up to $2000 of expenses related to attendance at a biotechnology nonclinical safety-related conference or training course.

The recipient is chosen based on criteria that include quality of the training course or conference, relevance of the training course or conference to a career in nonclinical safety sciences as applied to biotherapeutic products, academic achievement, and recommendation by academic advisor. To receive reimbursement, award recipients must provide original receipts to the BTSS and a complete reimbursement form in compliance with the SOT Reimbursement Policy at the completion of the funded activity.

Determination of the awardee(s) will be made by the members of the BTSS awards committee.

Eligibility Criteria: 1) Enrolled as graduate student or postdoctoral fellow at an accredited institution at time of application and the time of the conference or training 2) Designation of an activity that begins no sooner than two months following the Annual Meeting 3) Completion of the training course or conference no more than one year following the deadline for which the application is submitted 4) Attendance at SOT annual meeting during the year of application.

Application Criteria: 1) Written justification of the relevance of the proposed conference or training to a future career in nonclinical safety sciences as applied to biotherapeutic products, 2) CV and evidence of current enrollment in accredited institution, 3) Supporting letter of recommendation from advisor at home institution indicating: i) approval of the applicant’s participation in the proposed activity and the relevance and value to the applicant’s educational or career goals and ii) confirmation that the applicant will attend the upcoming SOT annual meeting.

Possible eligible expenses include: Conference or Professional Workshop registration fees (Registration fee is waived for certain symposia; please contact Jacintha Shenton for details) and travel expenses associated with attendance at the Conference or Professional Workshop. Examples of expenses that are not eligible include: Institutional administrative and/or overhead costs, tuition costs at current institution, textbooks or materials part of normal course work, SOT Annual Meeting travel or registration, SOT Membership Dues, Membership Dues for other professional organizations.

Award recipients will be reimbursed only after the activity has taken place. To receive reimbursement, original receipts (showing payment confirmation) must be provided to the BTSS. This award is made possible by the Boehringer Ingelheim Biotherapeutic Safety Excellence Endowment Fund.  
Deadline February 9 
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