This scholarship is made possible by the Vera W. Hudson and Elizabeth K. Weisburger Scholarship Fund of the SOT Endowment. Elizabeth K. Weisburger, a member of the SOT for over 35 years, has made pioneering contributions in cancer biology and toxicology. She has served as a role model for other women scientists. Vera W. Hudson was a Biologist and Information Specialist at the National Library of Medicine for many years and had a key role in developing the NLM Hazardous Substance Database.
This award is given to a SOT graduate student member (current or pending), who is engaged in full-time graduate study towards a PhD in toxicology, demonstrates outstanding academic achievement in the field of toxicology, and demonstrates leadership and service. Applicants for the Award are not precluded from applying for travel support or other SOT Awards outside of WIT. Applicants who are not WIT members are strongly encouraged to join.
Requirements for applicants include:
• Current or pending student member of SOT at application deadline
• Enrolled in a full-time PhD program
• Advanced to candidacy for the PhD at the time of the application deadline
• Dissertation research relevant to the field of toxicology
• An accepted abstract for the 2018 SOT Annual Meeting
Required application components (listed below) should detail the applicant’s scholastic achievement, scientific achievement, leadership and service activities, relevance of dissertation research to toxicology, and contribution the applicant’s research has had on the field of toxicology. These criteria, with others listed below, are used in the award selection process.
1) 1-page narrative describing graduate research hypothesis, background, and significance (written text not to exceed 1 page with 12 pt. Times New Roman)
2) 1-page cover letter written by the applicant highlighting their most significant leadership and service activities and summarizing their academic achievement, scientific achievement, and contributions to the field of toxicology (written text not to exceed 1 page with 12 pt. Times New Roman)
3) Curriculum vitae of the applicant that includes specific descriptions of the applicant's academic achievement, scientific achievement, leadership, and service
4) Current transcripts (unofficial transcripts with GPA are sufficient)
5) Supplemented abstract of the accepted presentation for the Annual Meeting (may include figures and graphs; written text not to exceed 2 pages with 12 pt. Times New Roman)
6) Two letters of recommendation describing the student's academic and scientific achievement and including description of their leadership and service activities. One letter must be from the applicant's research advisor/mentor and include recognition of the applicants’ contributions to the research being presented. One of these two letters must be from a Full, Associate, or Emeritus SOT member
Finalists may be interviewed by phone prior to award selection of the awardee.
The awardee will receive an engraved plaque and monetary award. The intent of the monetary award is that it be used for education and/or research-related expenses, including travel to scientific conferences.
All components of the award application must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org as a single PDF file. The name of the award must be indicated in the title field. The application must be received by the deadline or the applicant will not be considered for the award.
Graduate students can only apply for one (1) WIT award.