SOT Awards

Molecular and Systems Biology SS Postdoctoral Scholar Research Award

Deadline: December 2

The Molecular and Systems Biology Specialty Section (MSBSS) is pleased to request submissions for the MSBSS Postdoctoral Scholar Research Award. Applicants must have completed a PhD (or equivalent degree, e.g. MD or DPhil), be a postdoctoral member (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 postdoctoral research position, although the author may or may not still be in the 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 to 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 postdoctoral scholar travel award. This award is intended for postdoctoral scholars 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.

Two awards: The winner will receive a $750 award and an engraved plaque during the MSBSS reception at the SOT Annual Meeting. The winner will also be invited to give a talk in a webinar hosted by MSBSS later in the year. The travel award winner will receive 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 “applicant’s surname_MSBSS Postdoctoral Award” and put “MSBSS Postdoctoral Award” in the subject line of the email.

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

Submissions should be made by email to Leah Wehmas by the Application Deadline: December 2, 2022 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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Leah Wehmas