North Carolina Higher Education Faculty and Mentor Network

The logo for the North Carolina Higher Education Faculty and Mentor Network consists of an outline of the state of North Carolina. Within this outline is an orange line drawing that has a circle in the center connected to other circles of varying sizes through thin straight lines. Below this image across three lines of text is Society of Toxicology/NCABR Faculty, Mentor, Student Communication Outreach.

SOT partnered with the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research (NCABR) to create the North Carolina Higher Education Faculty and Mentor Network. This three-year outreach program to undergraduate science educators in North Carolina (NC) was part of the 2019-2023 SOT Strategic Plan to increase the Society’s influence through science communication. The North Carolina Higher Education Faculty and Mentor Network final report outlines the accomplishments of this project.

NCABR has a long history of successful outreach to K–12 educators and students to foster appreciation of and interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects. SOT involvement included coordination with the SOT NC Regional Chapter (NCSOT) and the SOT Faculty United for Toxicology Recruitment and Education (FUTURE) Committee and built on the efforts of the SOT Undergraduate Consortium Task Force (2017-2020).  A leadership group, the North Carolina Higher Education Faculty and Mentor Network Leadership Council, provided guidance.

About the NCABR and SOT Pilot Program

Program Objectives

  • To increase the usage of curriculum materials in NC undergraduate science courses that address the importance and meaning of toxicology.
  • To increase NC undergraduate student usage of SOT educational and mentoring resources.
  • To increase NC undergraduate student involvement in local and national SOT programs.
  • To increase awareness of toxicology as a career opportunity among undergraduate educators and students.

Virtual Tour of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Advising STEM Students on Career Paths in the Toxicological Sciences

Society of Toxicology’s ToxScholar Program, Undergraduate Awards, and Upcoming Deadlines

SOT and NCSOT Meeting Updates and Teaching Innovations Discussion

Diversity in Toxicology Discussion

Undergraduate Toxicology Curriculum Webinar Series

Facilitators: Joshua Gray and Mindy Reynolds
(Co-facilitator for each topic is listed below)

Webinar 1: An Introduction to the Core Concepts of Toxicology
Chris Curran

Webinar 2: A Focus on Evolution
Jed Goldstone

Webinar 3: Biological Information—Toxicology and the Genome
Alicia Timme-Laragy

Webinar 4. Pathways and Transformations of Toxicants, from Dose-Response to ADME
Kristine Willett

Webinar 5: Systems Toxicology
Eva Oberdörster

Webinar 6. Risk Assessment
Annie Jarabek and George Woodall

Webinar 7. A Culmination of Core Concepts to Teach Toxicology
Nimrat Obhi