SOT Awards

Undergraduate Faculty Development Grant

Deadline: April 7

SOT has identified the recruitment and retention of undergraduate students in toxicology as an important strategic goal. This is in alignment with the need to recruit students into professional careers in the discipline. Undergraduate faculty professional development is an important tactic in achieving this strategic goal. This program will fund one or more grants (up to $1500) to support undergraduate faculty development through an experience selected and justified by the applicant which will strengthen the skills of the toxicologist faculty member and encourage participation by undergraduate students in toxicology or STEM fields. Some examples of appropriate opportunities include CourseSource publication fees, attending teaching-oriented meetings such as Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) and the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER); career development activities such as those offered by National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) and Project Kaleidoscope STEM Leadership Institute , activities to strengthen science skills such as those offered by Marine Biological Laboratory or attendance at Gordon Research Conferences. Applications are reviewed by the Faculty United for Toxicology Undergraduate Recruitment and Education (FUTURE) Committee.

An applicant may apply for both the Undergraduate Faculty Research Grant and the Undergraduate Faculty Development Grant at the same deadline, but no applicant will receive both in the same year.


  • Grantee will be a SOT Full Member, Associate Member, or have a completed membership application submitted for Full or Associate membership. Confirmation of acceptance of the application and dues payment will be required for grant disbursement.
  • Grantee must be a faculty member whose time is dedicated to undergraduate students. To be eligible, grantees must:
    1. teach undergraduates in the classroom (where they are the instructor of record for at least one undergraduate course a year) and
    2. mentor at least one undergraduate in their research lab each year.

      Faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions (as defined by NSF*) are especially encouraged to apply.

*…PUIs are accredited colleges and universities (including two-year community colleges) that award Associate's degrees, Bachelor's degrees, and/or Master's degrees in NSF-supported fields, but have awarded 20 or fewer PhD/DSci degrees in all NSF-supported fields during the combined previous two academic years.

Optimal candidates will:

  • Currently serve as early career faculty (pre-tenure)
  • Demonstrate experience or plans for working with underrepresented students
  • Important elements contributing to a successful Faculty Development Grant application include:

    • Justification of need for faculty development resources
    • Commitment to engage in the professional development program
    • Clear plan to incorporate lessons learned into toxicology teaching and research with undergraduates and to assess their impact

    Program Outcomes

    Through participation in faculty development training, the grant recipient will strengthen their ability to work with undergraduate students in toxicology courses and/or toxicology research and enhance their professional progression as an undergraduate toxicology educator, thus contributing to recruitment of students to toxicology.

    Award Group: SOT