SOT Awards

Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology SS Edward W. Carney Trainee Award

Deadline: December 2

Purpose: The goal of the Edward W. Carney Trainee Award Fund is to encourage education and training in reproductive and developmental toxicology. The fund will be used to support graduate student or postdoctoral scholar travel to meetings that offer significant educational opportunities in the field of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology, such as the Annual Meetings of SOT and the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention (BDRP).

Eligibility: Recipients must be current graduate students or postdoctoral scholars at the time of the award submission. Individuals who are not a member of the SOT and/or BDRP are eligible, but those who are or who are in the process of becoming a member will be given preferential consideration.

Submission: Submission files should include 3 documents. (1) A cover letter with personal statement describing how the current project fits into their overall thesis, training, and career goals. (2) A copy of the abstract to be presented as part of the travel award. Preferential consideration will be given to scholars that have already submitted abstracts. (3) A letter of recommendation from the student’s primary academic advisor or mentor is highly encouraged.

Judging Criteria: Award recipient(s) will be selected based on the scientific quality of the abstract, overall impact to the fields of reproductive and developmental toxicology or teratology, and career goals in these fields. Current career status will be taken under consideration in the judging process (i.e. - graduate student vs. postdoctoral scholar).

Award Deadline: There are two yearly application deadlines for the Edward W. Carney Trainee Award. The submission deadline for travel to the BDRP Annual Meeting is February 15th and deadline for travel to the SOT Annual Meeting is November 15th. If applying for travel support to another relevant meeting, applicants should submit their application to either of the February or November deadline prior to the desired meeting.

Contact Individual(s): The SOT RDTSS President, Caren Villanos, and the BDRP Society President will serve as the Co-Chairs of the Award Committee and primary points of contact for the respective societies.

To apply for travel to the SOT Annual Meeting, please send application package to RDTSS President, Caren Villano ( by December 2. To apply for travel to the BDRP Annual Meeting, please send application package to by February 15 (also the BDRP Annual Meeting abstract submission deadline).

Disbursement and Notification Process: The Co-Chairs of the Award Committee will ensure that the winner(s) receive their award in a timely manner. It is expected that the winner(s) of the Edward W. Carney Trainee Award will be announced and/or acknowledged at the RDTSS Annual SOT Meeting Reception, the BDRP Society Annual Meeting, or at the annual meeting for which the travel award was granted, if different.

This awards is made possible by the Edward W. Carney Trainee Travel Award Endowment Fund.

Award Group: SOT

Application Materials:



Caren Villano