SOT Awards

Molecular and Systems Biology SS Graduate Student Research Award

Deadline: December 3

The Molecular and Systems Biology Specialty Section (MSBSS) is pleased to request submissions for the MSBSS Graduate Student Research Award. Applicants must be full-time graduate students as the award submission deadline, graduate student members (accepted or pending) of SOT, and be a member of MSBSS by the time the award is presented. The research reported in the abstract must have been conducted while the author was engaged in a mentored graduate research position, although the author may or may not still be in the graduate position at time of the meeting.

Applications should include:

1) A PDF document submitted by the applicant that includes a copy of the abstract that they submitted for the upcoming SOT Annual Meeting and a two-page narrative that contains a paragraph on the problem the research addresses and the hypothesis of the work; a paragraph on the methods used and main findings of the work; a paragraph on the major conclusions and relevance to the field of Molecular and Systems Biology Toxicology; and a paragraph explicitly stating the applicant’s direct contributions to the conception of the idea, experimental design, and execution and analyses of the data represented in the abstract. Data or research design visualizations that help convey the research are highly encouraged. The narrative should be formatted in single spaced 11-point Times New Roman font with one-inch margins. A reference section is not required.

2) A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s advisor, which should be submitted directly by the advisor. The letter should include statements regarding the applicant’s direct contributions the conception of the idea, experimental design, and execution and analyses of the data represented in the abstract.

3) Optional: Please indicate if you would like to be considered for the graduate student travel award. This award is intended for graduate students from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds as defined by NIH Guidelines and/or applicants who have faced background or adversity challenges. Please include a description of how you are eligible for this travel award not to exceed 250 words.

Four awards will be made: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, plus travel award. Awardees will receive a check (1st place: $500, 2nd place: $300, and 3rd place: $100) and engraved plaque during the MSBSS reception at the SOT Annual Meeting. All three research awardees will be invited to give a talk in a webinar hosted by MSBSS later in the year. The travel award winner will be provided funds to help offset the cost of attending the Annual Meeting. Receipts must be provided for all disbursement requests. Meeting attendance is required to receive this travel award.

Applications will be judged on their relevance and novelty to molecular or systems toxicology, logic and flow, hypothesis, approach, experimental methods or model, results, discussion of findings, and the advisor letter.

Applicants: Please name the abstract/narrative file “student’s surname_MSBSS Graduate Student Award” and put “MSBSS Graduate Student Award” in the subject line of the email.

Advisors: please name the letter of reference file “student’s surname_MSBSS Graduate Student Award Letter” and put “MSBSS Graduate Student Award Letter” in the subject line of the email.

Submisions should be made by email to Jessica LaRocca by the Application Deadline: December 3, 2021 at 11:59PM.

This award is made possible by the Molecular and Systems Biology Student Award Fund of the SOT Endowment.

Award Group: SOT

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Jessica LaRocca