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Mechanisms SS Carl C. Smith Graduate Student Award

Deadline: October 18


The Carl C. Smith Graduate Student Award is among the original awards offered by the Mechanisms Specialty Section. This award honors the career of Carl C. Smith and typifies the commitment of Dr. Smith and his wife Tee to the advancement of graduate education in the field of toxicology. This award is made possible by the Carl C. Smith Student Mechanisms Award Fund of the SOT Endowment. The prestige of this award is well-appreciated among Society members and the field at-large. Applicants are encouraged to submit their best work.

The requirements for the award are:

1. An abstract must be submitted for the 2020 SOT Annual Meeting with the graduate student as the presenting author.

2. The applicant must be a graduate student member of the SOT or have applied for membership with a pending outcome.

3) The applicant does not have to be a member of the Mechanisms Specialty Section; however, if not a member, one of the letters of recommendation (see below) should include a note of sponsorship by a current member of the Mechanisms Specialty Section.

Submission process and required documentation:

1. The following elements must be sent as an electronic file attachment (pdf) to, and must be sent no later than 11:59 PM (EST) October 18, 2019. In the subject line of the email, please put the following: CCS_applicantlastname. For example: CCS_Smith. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Cover letter from the applicant simply indicating the metadata associated with the award application (abstract to be considered, individuals providing letters etc.)
  2. Copy of the submitted abstract (including relevant abstract identifier #s obtained during the submission process)
  3. A personal statement (no more than 1 page, 11pt Arial, single space) describing how the work described in the abstract fits into the overall thesis and training, as well as career goals.
  4. Two letters recommending the graduate student and the research project must be sent for each abstract. One recommendation must be from the Department or Section Head. This letter should verify that the work reported in the abstract was done while the student was enrolled in the graduate program. The second letter should be from the research mentor. This letter must include a description of the contribution of the student in the completion of the work, especially when there are multiple authors. If neither the Department Head or mentor are members of the Specialty Section, a third letter of sponsorship from a member is required. Individuals submitting recommendations letters should do so to In the subject line of the email, please put the following: “LOS_CCS_applicantlastname.” For example: LOS_CCS_Smith.

Application review criteria and 2nd phase review for finalists:

Applications will be judged on criteria including 1) perceived scientific impact, 2) depth of mechanistic insight and approach, 3) relevance to toxicology, 4) clarity of findings, 5) quality of writing, 6) letters of recommendation, and 7) the personal statement.

Important: Top-tier finalists will be selected and will be asked to submit a full-length manuscript for final judging in a second review phase. This manuscript cannot be published or in press at the time of submission.

Questions on the award or application process can be referred to John Clarke at

Award Group: SOT

Application Materials: