Undergraduate Diversity Program Student Travel Awards
Deadline: October 9
The Undergraduate Diversity Program Awards provide the opportunity for promising undergraduate science majors interested in research careers and faculty advisors to attend the Undergraduate Diversity Program March 10-12, 2018, 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 of 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. View Undergraduate Diversity Advisor Travel Awards
for Advisor application information.
In addition to attending meeting sessions, participants in the Undergraduate Diversity Program engage in presentations and case studies across the breadth of toxicology, learn about 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, and scientific organizations.
Advisor and student awardees receive support for transportation and lodging (for those traveling more than 50 miles), meals, and registration for the meeting. Each institution may nominate up to four students and two advisors. Selection of advisors is independent of the selection of students.
Eligibility Criteria for Student Award:
In addition, at least one of the Group B criteria is required:
- US citizen or US permanent resident
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses
- Enrolled as an undergraduate student at an accredited institution at time of application and in March 2018
- Recommendation from an advisor at your institution
- Have not previously received the award
- Preference: sophomore or junior standing
Directions for Completion of Student Application:
- Member of an ethnic/racial group under-represented in the sciences (for example, African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American including Alaskan or Pacific Islander)
- First generation college student
- You have received a Pell grant as part of a financial aid package
- Attend an undergraduate institution eligible for a NIH AREA Grant
Students at institutions on the AREA ineligible list can apply if they meet one 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 that locale.)
- Verify that your sections of the application are complete, including your signature. Failure to do so could disqualify your application from consideration. Name this file [your last name]_UDP_app.pdf.
- Add to that file a copy of your transcript(s) from all undergraduate institutions attended, including course enrollment for the current semester. A sealed official copy is not required.
- At least two weeks in advance of the October 9 deadline, email the file(s) containing your application and transcripts to your advisor, requesting that the advisor provide the recommendation for your application.
- The advisor will add his or her recommendation to your information, and assemble the application packet for your institution.
- The advisor will email all student and advisor application files from your institution plus the Institutional Cover Sheet in one email message to Rachel Woodson at SOT HQ by 11:59 pm ET on October 9, 2017. Use “UDP Application” in the subject line.
Student Application Review Criteria:
If you are not able to save the completed PDF form, you can save the file by selecting a print option that allows you to save an image of the file, such as PDF or the “document image writer” print option. Mac users must download and use Adobe Reader to fill out the form.
Historical Listing of Award
- High cumulative GPA
- Quality of written statement
- Commitment to a research career in science indicated by written statement and previous activities
- Evidence of strong science background and achievement
- Potential for continued success in science as documented by advisor
- Evidence that applicant demonstrates characteristics important in promoting development of a diverse biomedical work force
- Sophomores and juniors receive preference
Award Group: SOT