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Undergraduate Faculty Development Grant

Deadline: May 1


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 two grants (up to $1500 each) to support undergraduate faculty development through an experience selected and justified by the applicant. An example is a yearly membership or enhanced participation in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) or similar program related to strengthening the skills of the toxicologist faculty member and encouraging participation by undergraduate students in toxicology or STEM fields. Applications are reviewed by the Faculty United for Toxicology Undergraduate Recruitment and Education (FUTURE) Committee.

An applicant may apply for either a Faculty Development or Faculty Research grant at a particular deadline.
  • Grantee will be an SOT Full or 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.

  • Junior faculty (pre-tenure).
  • Applicants with a demonstrated interest in working with under-represented students.
  • Applicants who have not been awarded an Undergraduate Faculty Grant in the past.
Important elements contributing to a successful faculty development application include:
  • Justification of need for faculty development resources
  • Commitment to engage with the resources of the NCFDD (e.g., the core curriculum, multi-week courses, and the 14-day writing challenge) or similar 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, faculty participants will strengthen their ability to work with undergraduate students in toxicology courses and/or toxicology research and support the professional development of undergraduate toxicology faculty.

For consideration, please complete and return the application with an updated copy of your CV or biosketch to Betty Eidemiller at SOT Headquarters by 5:00 PM ET Friday, March 27. Applicants will be notified of the results of the selection process in April.

Award Group: SOT