SOT Awards

Mechanisms SS Carl C. Smith Graduate Student Award

Deadline: December 1

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. A submitted abstract for the 2023 SOT Annual Meeting. The student should be the primary author and contributor to the work described.
  2. The applicant must be a graduate student member of the SOT (pending membership status ok).
  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.
Required documentation and submission process:
  1. Cover letter from the applicant indicating the documents associated with the award application (abstract, personal statement, names of 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, preferably from Mechanisms SS members, recommending the graduate student and the research project must be sent for each abstract. One recommendation must be from the Department or Section Head. The second letter should be from the research mentor. If the Department Head and the mentor are the same individual, a second letter must be submitted from another member of the student’s dissertation/thesis committee. 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_Johnson.
All materials must be sent as a single electronic file attachment (pdf) to, and must be sent no later than 11:59 PM (EST) December 1, 2021. In the subject line of the email, please put the following: CCS_applicantlastname. For example: CCS_Johnson. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

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.

Award recipients will be announced at the Mechanisms Specialty Section business meeting at the SOT Annual Meeting and will receive a plaque and cash award. Questions on the award or application process can be referred to

Award Group: SOT

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