Share this page.

SOT Awards Review Process and FAQs

Various committees review the SOT and Supported Awards.

The Awards Committee reviews applications for most of the awards whose recipients are recognized at the Awards Ceremony at the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. Nominations for awards administered by the Awards Committee must be submitted using the Online Award Nomination Form by a primary and secondary nominator who are Full Members of SOT. The supporting documentation must indicate the candidate’s achievements in toxicology and is critical in the review of each application. Visit the individual award pages to find the individual award requirements and to access the Online Award Nomination Form, when applicable.

The Board of Publications selects the Toxicological Sciences Paper of the Year, and the Education and Career Development Committee, Faculty United for Toxicology Undergraduate Recruitment and Education (FUTURE) Committee, Committee on Diversity Initiatives, Postdoctoral Assembly, and Graduate Student Leadership Committee select recipients of specific awards as determined by SOT Council.

Applications for SOT and Supported Awards for students and postdoctoral scholars will be reviewed by the appropriate committee, and application procedures are specific for each award. Student and postdoctoral awards also 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 receive multiple awards whether sponsored by Regional Chapters, Special Interest Groups, or Specialty Sections. Unless otherwise stated in the individual award description, only one SOT-administered award may be presented to one individual. Policies related to travel awards are determined by the provider (SOT, Regional Chapter, Specialty Section, or Special Interest Group).

Awards FAQs

General Information | SOT Awards and Supported Awards | Award Eligibility and Restrictions | Making a Nomination
Logistics for Notifying and Recognizing the Award Recipient

General Information

Which SOT Committees select recipients for which SOT Awards?

SOT Awards Committee:

  • SOT Achievement Award
  • SOT Arnold J. Lehman Award
  • SOT Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award
  • SOT Education Award
  • SOT Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award
  • SOT Founders Award*
  • SOT Leading Edge in Basic Science Award
  • SOT Merit Award
  • SOT Public Communications Award
  • SOT Toxicologist Mentoring Award
  • SOT Translational Impact Award
  • SOT Translational/Bridging Travel Award
  • SOT Undergraduate Educator Award*
  • Colgate-Palmolive Award for Student Research Training in Alternative Methods^
  • Colgate-Palmolive Postdoctoral Fellowship in In Vitro Toxicology^
  • Colgate-Palmolive Grant for Alternative Research^
  • Syngenta Fellowship Award for Human Health Application of New Technologies^

^denotes Supported Award
*denotes SOT Endowment-Funded Award

Board of Publications

  • Toxicological Sciences Paper of the Year Award

Committee on Diversity Initiatives

  • Diversity Initiatives Endowment Career Development Award
  • Perry J. Gehring Diversity Student Travel Award
  • Undergraduate Diversity Program Advisor Travel Awards
  • Undergraduate Diversity Program Student Travel Awards

Education and Career Development Committee

  • Global Senior Scholar Exchange Program
  • Supplemental Training for Education Program (STEP)
  • Graduate Intern Fellowship in Toxicology (GIFT)

Faculty United for Toxicology Undergraduate Recruitment and Education (FUTURE) Committee

  • Domestic ToxScholar Outreach Grants
  • International ToxScholar Outreach Grants
  • Internship Program Support
  • Pfizer SOT Undergraduate Award

Graduate Student Leadership Committee

  • Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Award

Postdoctoral Assembly

  • Best Postdoctoral Publication 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 as long as there is no specific policy associated with 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).


How are members of the Awards Committee selected?

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.

Are the decisions of the Awards Committee final?

Yes, the Awards Committee selects the annual recipients of SOT Awards and Supported Awards, and their decisions cannot be overturned by SOT Council and or the award supporter.

SOT Awards and Supported Awards

What is the difference between an SOT Award and a Supported Award?

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.

How do I tell the difference between an SOT Award and a Supported Award?

At the bottom of each individual award page, there is a notation for Award Group, which will state SOT or Supported.

How are Supported Awards created?

SOT Council approves all Supported Awards. Please contact SOT Headquarters to discuss Supported Award opportunities.

Award Eligibility and Restrictions

Can members currently on the Awards Committee be nominated to receive an SOT Award?

Current members of the Awards Committee can be nominated for an SOT Award, but they cannot 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.

Many SOT Awards require that the applicant be a member. If I’m not a member, does that mean I am not eligible?

Please review the requirements for the specific award. For some, if you submit an application for SOT membership before the October 9 award application deadline, your membership status will be classified as “pending” and you will be considered eligible to receive those awards.

If an award allows pending membership for eligibility, does my membership application have to be fully completed by October 9?

Your portion of the membership application must be completely and submitted by October 9. If a sponsor letter has not yet been submitted, you will not be disqualified from award eligibility. However, it is your responsibility to follow-up with your sponsor so your application is complete by the next membership review deadline. To remain eligible, you must be accepted as a member by the time you receive the award.

Are there restrictions as to the number of awards for which one member can be nominated?

A member can be nominated for multiple SOT Awards as long as eligibility requirements for each individual award are met.

Is there a limit to the number of awards a member may accept?

No, but 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.

Making a Nomination

Can I nominate myself for an award?

For SOT Awards, historically, SOT members have nominated scientists who they thought were worthy of receiving an SOT Award and do not self-nominate. This process can occur with or without the knowledge of the nominee.

For some awards, the candidate may apply or nominate themself for the award, as long as a Full Member other than the candidate writes the initial or seconder letter.

Do I need to submit the full CV of the nominee?

Please follow the instructions outlined for the individual award. Some require a CV, but specifics may vary. The Awards Committee requests that applications have a maximum of 10 pages of documentation of the nominee’s achievements based on the award criteria, including the CV.

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?

No. The SOT Awards process is based on the selection of the best candidate 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.

How long do nominations stay valid for review?

SOT Award nominations are reviewed for three years and then retired unless the nominator resubmits the nomination.

Awards not bestowed by the Awards Committee are often for current year only.

Logistics for Notifying and Recognizing the Award Recipient

What is the notification process when a nominee is selected?

A member of the Awards Committee will contact the Full Member who submitted the nomination and give them the option to notify the recipient. SOT Headquarters staff only contacts the nominee upon being informed that the person is aware that she/he has been selected to receive the award. For awards not requiring a nomination, the awardee will be contacted directly.

What do award recipients receive for being selected to receive an award?

In addition to the prestige of receiving the award, SOT Awards administered by the SOT Awards Committee include a monetary stipend. Award recipients are recognized in that year’s Annual Meeting promotional materials and on the SOT website. She/he is presented with a plaque during the SOT Award Ceremony. Current year recipients and a guest are invited to attend the President’s Reception at that year’s Annual Meeting.

Other recognitions are defined in the individual award information.

Does SOT pay the travel expenses for an award recipient to attend the Annual Meeting?

No, award recipients are responsible for their own travel expenses to the SOT Annual Meeting unless the award is designated as a travel award to support meeting expenses.

Do Award Recipients receive complimentary registration to the SOT Annual Meeting?

All members of SOT are responsible for paying the Annual Meeting registration fees, unless otherwise stated in the award description. An award recipient may ask the SOT Council for an Annual Meeting registration fee waiver.

Can another person accept the plaque if the Award Recipient is unable to travel to the Annual Meeting?

Yes, arrangements can be made for special circumstances.