SOT Awards

Women in Toxicology SIG Vera W. Hudson and Elizabeth K. Weisburger Scholarship Fund Student Award

Deadline: January 7

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.


Requirements for applicants include:

•   Current or pending student member of SOT at application deadline. Applicants who are not WIT members are strongly encourage to join.

•   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 2023 SOT Annual Meeting


Required application components As listed below, applications 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 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: 12 pt. Times New Roman).


2)   1-page narrative describing graduate research hypothesis, background, and significance (written text: 12 pt. Times New Roman).


3)  Extended abstract of the submitted presentation for the annual meeting (must include tables and/or figures; written text not to exceed 2 pages with 12 pt. Times New Roman).


4)  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 applicant's contributions to the research being presented. One of these two letters must be from a Full, Associate, or Emeritus SOT member.


5)  Curriculum vitae that includes specific descriptions of the applicant's academic achievement, scientific achievement, leadership, and service.


6)  Current transcripts (unofficial transcripts with GPA are sufficient).

7) Headshot/photograph image of sufficient quality for poster and presentation materials (does not factor into selection of the awardee, this is to have the info on hand to develop WIT annual meeting materials in a timely manner.)



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. Applicants for the award are not precluded from applying for travel support or other SOT awards outside of WIT.


All components of the award application must be sent to as a single PDF file (this includes letters of recommendation). Only 1 file per applicant will be reviewed. 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.


Graduate students are eligible to receive (1) WIT award during their graduate training period.


Contact: María-Carmen Rubio-Armendáriz, PhD, WIT Senior Councilor & Aleksandra Buha Djordjevic, PhD, WIT Junior Councilor (

Award Group: SOT