SOT Awards

Undergraduate Diversity Program Student Travel Award

Deadline: October 17

The Undergraduate Diversity Program (UDP) Award provides the opportunity for promising undergraduate science majors interested in research careers to attend the Undergraduate Diversity Program March 18–20, 2023, at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting. The goal of the program is to recruit students from diverse backgrounds to graduate school in the biomedical sciences, especially toxicology. SOT is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all its activities. We assert that diversity and inclusiveness include many factors and embracing diversity and optimizing inclusion maximizes the range of creativity and innovation in our Society and our science.

In addition to attending Annual Meeting sessions, participants in the Undergraduate Diversity Program engage in presentations and case studies across the breadth of toxicology, discover education and career opportunities in the field, and learn more about the requirements for graduate school and a research career. Students form mentoring relationships with senior toxicologists, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars, meet with academic program and internship directors, and explore careers with toxicologists from universities, government, industry, and other scientific organizations.

SOT also offers the Undergraduate Diversity Program Advisor Travel Award for undergraduate faculty who are not SOT members to attend the Undergraduate Diversity Program March 18-20, 2023, at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting.

Eligibility Criteria for Student Award:
Group A

    • US citizen or US permanent resident
    • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in all undergraduate courses
    • Enrolled as an undergraduate student at an accredited institution at time of application and in March 2023
    • Recommendation from a faculty advisor at your institution
    • Have not previously received the award
    • Preference: sophomore or junior standing

In addition, at least one of the Group B criteria is required:

Group B
    • Member of an ethnic/racial group underrepresented in the sciences* (for example, African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American including Alaskan or Pacific Islander)
    • First generation college student
    • Received a Pell grant as part of a financial aid package
    • Attend an undergraduate institution that does not confer graduate degrees in biomedical disciplines; students at graduate degree-granting institutions are eligible if they meet any of the other Group B criteria
    • Member of an underserved population* (for example, comes from 1) a social, cultural, or educational environment that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge and abilities necessary to develop or participate in a research career and/or 2) a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds for the locale in which the family/applicant resides)

    • *NIH definition

Note: The previous restriction of no more than four applications from one institution has been removed.

Directions for Completion of Student Application:

    • The student will verify that his or her sections of the online application are complete, including the signature. Failure to do so could disqualify your application from consideration.
    • The student will upload one pdf off all undergraduate institutions attended in year order, including course enrollment for the current semester (unofficial transcripts are accepted).
    • Please name all materials to upload with your last name (e.g., Your Last Name_UDP Transcripts.pdf).
    • All applicants are encouraged to send a draft of their application materials to their faculty advisor for review and check for completeness before the student’s final submission.
    • After application submission, SOT staff will send a Nomination Form link to applicant's faculty advisor. Faculty advisors must complete a nomination form for the application to be considered complete. The faculty advisor nomination form is due by 11:59 PM ET October 20, 2022.
    • A list of the information required in the advisor nomination form is in this template; please send this template to your advisor in advance.
    • All student application materials must be submitted by 11:59 pm ET on October 17, 2022.

    Student Application Review Criteria:

    • Evidence that the applicant is a member of a group underrepresented or underserved in biomedical sciences
    • Evidence of academic excellence (unofficial transcript, written statements from student and advisor)
    • Evidence of genuine interest in the sciences and a research career
    • Potential for continued success in science as documented by faculty advisor
    • Sophomores and juniors receive preference

    2022 Undergraduate Diversity Travel Award Recipients

    Historical Listing of Award Recipients

    Award Group: SOT