MWRC Awards

Awards

2022 Awards

Professional Awards

Application Form

Recommendations shall consist of a letter (one-page limit) describing the accomplishments of the candidate; verbal recommendations will not be considered. Letters of recommendation must be submitted to Charles Mattis (charles.mattis@abbvie.com) and Brian Chanas (chanas14@gmail.com) no later than April 15, 2022 following the nomination request. Membership in the MRC/SOT or National SOT is not required. The proposed candidate should still be in active practice in toxicology or a closely related field or recently retired and must have demonstrated a sustained and high level of activity in toxicology or a closely related field, for example, by unique research achievements, special teaching proficiency, and/or through promoting the interests and concerns of toxicology. The awards will be presented by the President of the MRC/SOT at the Annual Spring Meeting of the Chapter.

The Kenneth P. DuBois Award
honors an outstanding Midwest toxicologist with a career involving several years (15+) of distinguished professional experience in the field of toxicology. See professional awards section for application details.

The Early Career Toxicologist Award
honors an outstanding Midwest toxicologist with up to 10 years of professional experience in the field of toxicology.

Student and Postdoctoral Awards

Application Form

The same research project may be submitted for the Undergraduate/Graduate/Postdoc Student Travel Award and Young Investigator Award; however, one individual will not be eligible to receive two awards for the same research. We do not accept submissions on similar projects for two years in a row.

MRC/SOT Undergraduate/ Graduate/ Postdoc Travel Award
invites applications for the Undergraduate / Graduate / Postdoc Travel Award to assist in defraying the costs for attending the 2022 SOT Annual Meeting. The number of awards will be decided based on the funds available. The application consists of your accepted SOT annual meeting abstract and a letter from the student’s research advisor. We do not accept submissions on similar projects for two years in a row. Please send your application to Charles Mattis (charles.mattis@abbvie.com) and Brian Chanas (chanas14@gmail.com). Proof of abstract acceptance will need to be confirmed (via email) prior to receiving the award. Deadline: December 1, 2021.

The Young Investigator Award
is presented at the MRC/SOT Spring meeting to the applicant who submits the best undergraduate or graduate research proposal. In addition to the application, the advisor should submit a letter of recommendation. Winners will present their research at the following Annual Meeting of MRC/SOT and will receive funds to be used for continuing education in toxicology (e.g., travel to national or regional meeting and/or purchase of textbook(s), participation in workshops and/or research.) Please send your application to Charles Mattis (charles.mattis@abbvie.com) and Brian Chanas (chanas14@gmail.com). Deadline: April 15, 2022.

The Victor A. Drill Award
is awarded to the top student poster presentation(s) at the MRC/SOT Spring meeting. Winners will receive funds to be used for continuing education in toxicology e.g. travel to national or regional meeting and/or purchase of textbook(s), participation in workshops. All student poster at the meeting will be judged. Deadline: April 15, 2022.

Undergraduate Funding Opportunity

The Regional Chapter Communications and Collaboration Committee of the Society of Toxicology (RC4) provides merit-based awards for undergraduate students 1) to be recognized nationally at the Society's Annual Meeting (March 27-31, 2022) and 2) to present a poster of a toxicology-related project at the Meeting. There is no cost for undergraduates to register for the Annual Meeting. It is important to note that undergraduate applicants must be under the mentorship of a Midwest Regional Chapter (MRC) member to be considered for this award. Applications for the award must be submitted to MRC representatives Brian Chanas and Charles Mattis no later than October 2021.

Information about the award can be found here.

Please note that this award is contingent upon the acceptance of the undergraduate's poster abstract by the Society for the Annual Meeting. The submission deadline for poster abstracts to the Society is October 15, 2021, and poster abstract acceptance announcements will likely be made in early January 2022.


2021 Awards

Professional Awards

The Kenneth P. DuBois Award
Not awarded in 2021 due to lack of nominees

The Early Career Toxicologist Award
Dr. Joe (Huanyu) Qiao University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign

Student and Postdoctoral Awards

Andressa Gonsioroski University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL Andressa received the 2021 MRC/SOT Travel Award for her abstract “Iodoacetic Acid Affects Estrous Cyclicity, Ovarian Gene Expression, and Hormone Levels in Mice.”


2020 Awards

No Chapter awards were provided due to cancellation of the 2020 Spring Meeting


2019 Awards

Professional Awards

The Kenneth P. DuBois Award
Dr. William Ricke, University of Wisconsin – Madison

The Early Career Toxicologist Award
Michael Kovchich, Cardo ChemRisk, Chicago

Student and Postdoctoral Awards

The Young Investigator Award
Morgan Walcheck, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Victor A. Drill Award
Supipi Mirihagalle, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Arpita Bhurke, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


2018 Awards

The chapter’s Executive Committee spent considerable time reviewing the Awards program and decided to institute changes for student awards that will take effect for 2018-2019 calendar years.

The Best Publication Award will be changed to a SOT Travel Award. The award will be awarded in the fall based on an accepted abstract to the annual SOT meeting the following spring. Students will submit abstracts in the fall and the award announced before year end. This change supports SOT attendance and aligns with practices in other chapters

The Young Investigator Award will continue to be based on submission of a research proposal but the student presentation of progress will now be allowed to be presented at either the following Fall or Spring meeting.

The Victor Drill Award for a poster presented at the MRC Spring meeting will now have a 2-year limit to receive travel fund. Additionally, it will be acceptable for the travel stipend to be used for any national meeting relevant to the student’s research and career. This change recognizes that toxicology as a broad ranging science with valuable inputs from many sources.

2018 MRC-SOT Spring Meeting Award Recipients

Kenneth DuBois Award for Outstanding Career Achievement
David Beebe, University Wisconsin—Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research

Early Career Toxicologist Award
Jessica Palmer, Stemina Biomarker Discovery, Inc

Young Investigator Award
Kyle Wegner, University of Wisconsin-Madison—Molecular and Environmental Toxicology

Best Student Publication Award
Emily Brehm, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign—Comparative Biosciences

Victor Drill Award (Best Student Poster Presentation)
First Place: Obinna Mbachu, University of Illinois at Chicago—Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Second Place: Benjamin Elser, University of Iowa—Human Toxicology

 

2017 MRC-SOT Spring Meeting Award Recipients

Kenneth DuBois Award for Outstanding Career Achievement
Dr. Wei Xu, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Early Career Toxicologist Award
Dr. Yongna Xing, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Victor Drill Award (Best Student Poster Presentation)
First Place: Katherine Hatcher, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign for her poster Transgenerational Effects of Di-(2-Ethylhexyl) Phthalate on Behavior and Brain Gene Expression in Male and Female Mice.

Second Place: Saniya Rattan, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign for her poster Prenatal Exposure to Di-(2-Ethylhexyl) Phthalate Impairs Puberty in Female Mice.

Young Investigator Award
Rekha Balachandran, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for her research proposal Impulsivity and Underlying Neurochemical Interactions Are Affected by Circadian Disruption, an Environmental Factor.

 

2016 MRC-SOT Spring Meeting Award Recipients

Kenneth DuBois Award for Outstanding Career Achievement
Robin C. Guy, Robin Guy Consulting, LLC

Early Career Toxicologist Award
Paul Eubig, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Victor Drill Award (Best Student Poster Presentation)
First Place: Jiyang Zhang, Northwestern University, for her poster Doxorubicin induces mouse ovarian follicle somatic cell apoptosis and affects oocyte reproductive outcomes.

Second Place: Sharada Mahalingam, Illinois University, for her poster Equol inhibits growth and estradiol production in mouse antral follicles in vitro.

Young Investigator Award
Jeffrey Willy, Indiana University School of Medicine, for his research proposal The role of the unfolded protein response in the pathogenesis of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.

Best Student Publication Award
Graduate student: Changqinq Zhou, University of Illinois, for her paper published in Reproductive Toxicology Bisphenol A exposure inhibits germ cell nest breakdown by reducing apoptosis in cultured neonatal mouse ovaries.

Postdoctoral fellow: Shuo Xiao, Northwestern University, for his paper published in Scientific Reports (a Nature journal) In vitro follicle growth supports human oocyte meiotic maturation.

 

2015 MRC-SOT Spring Meeting Award Recipients

Kenneth DuBois Award for Outstanding Career Achievement
Presented in 2015 to Dr. Matthew Wallig, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Victor Drill Award
First Place: Shreya Patel, (University of Illinois, Urbana IL) for her poster “Genistein may alter steroidogenesis by decreasing steroidogenic enzyme expression in mouse ovaries”.

Second Place:Alison M. Hantak, (University of Illinois, Urbana IL) for her poster “Effect of endocrine disruptor exposure on uterine morphology and endometrial hyperplasia”.

Young Investigator Award
Kirsten Eckstrum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Best Student Publication
Brian Johnson (McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI) for his publication “Hepatocyte circadian clock controls acetaminophen bioactivation through NADPH-cytochrome P450 oxidoreductase”.