Award Descriptions and Deadlines

Mentoring Award

Deadline: January 7

Applicable Documents: N/A

Please submit nominations to: María-Carmen Rubio-Armendáriz, PhD, WIT Senior Councilor & Aleksandra Buha Djordjevic, PhD, WIT Junior Councilor

An important mission of WIT includes mentoring and guidance of young women considering careers in toxicology, and to support the career growth of women in toxicology.

This award will be given to an individual (does not need to identify as female) in academia, government, industry, or a related field who has been a major influence in the mentoring of women scientists considering the field of toxicology, those entering the field of toxicology, and/or whose leadership and service have provided career development opportunities for women toxicologists or encouraged women to achieve their professional goals. Undergraduate faculty, faculty at primarily liberal-arts institutions, and mentors in industry or government sectors are also included in this deliberation.

Requirements for applicants Applicants need not to have served as formal mentors or graduate committee members but may serve to champion women entering the field of toxicology or maintain and support the careers of professional women in the field.

Mentoring activities, with other criteria listed below, are used in the award selection process. We welcome applicants to nominate themselves and highlight their own accomplishments and impact.

Required application components As listed below, application should detail mentoring activities

1) A letter of nomination that discusses the following at a minimum:

    • Evidence supporting the active, intentional, thoughtful, and impactful mentoring of women in toxicology
    • Number of women mentored (and relative to overall number of mentees)
    • Scientific contribution of mentees to toxicology (e.g., "where are they now")

    2) A minimum of two letters of recommendation (one must be from a current or past mentee). These letters should describe how the mentor promoted the field of toxicology and the impact the mentor had on their career from personal experiences.

    3) Curriculum vitae of the nominee

    4) Headshot/photograph image of sufficient quality for poster and presentation materials (does not factor into selection of the awardee, this is to have the info on hand to develop WIT annual meeting materials in a timely manner)

    The awardee will receive a plaque and monetary award.

    All components of the award application must be sent to sot.wit.awards@gmail.com as a single PDF file in addition to an image file of the photograph. The name of the award must be indicated in the title field. The application must be received by the deadline or the applicant will not be considered for the award.

    Applications will remain on file and be considered for 3 consecutive years. Applicants are encouraged to update their application during this period.

    Contact: María-Carmen Rubio-Armendáriz, PhD, WIT Senior Councilor & Aleksandra Buha Djordjevic, PhD, WIT Junior Councilor (sot.wit.awards@gmail.com)




    Postdoctoral Fellow Achievement Award

    Deadline: January 7

    Applicable Documents: N/A

    Please submit nominations to: María-Carmen Rubio-Armendáriz, PhD, WIT Senior Councilor & Aleksandra Buha Djordjevic, PhD, WIT Junior Councilor

    This award is given to a SOT postdoctoral fellow member (current or pending) who has demonstrated outstanding scientific achievement in the field of toxicology and who has also provided leadership and service.

     

    Requirements for applicants:

    • Current or pending postdoctoral member SOT at application deadline
    • Current postdoctoral research fellowship
    • Research relevant to the field of toxicology
    • An accepted abstract for the SOT Annual Meeting

     

    Required application components As listed below, applications should detail the applicant's scientific achievement, leadership and service activities, relevance of research to toxicology, and the contribution the applicant's research has had on the field of toxicology. These criteria, with others listed below, are used in the award selection process.

     

    1)  1-page cover letter written by the applicant highlighting their most significant leadership and service activities and summarizing their scientific achievement and contributions to the field of toxicology (written text 12 pt. Times New Roman).

     

    2)  1-page narrative describing postdoctoral research hypothesis, background, and significance (written text 12 pt. Times New Roman).

     

    3)  Extended abstract of the submitted presentation for the annual meeting (must include tables and/or figures; written text not to exceed 2 pages with 12 pt. Times New Roman).

     

    4)  Two letters of recommendation describing the post postdoc's scientific achievement and contributions to the field of toxicology, including descriptions of their leadership and service activities. One letter must be from the applicant's research advisor/mentor and include recognition of the applicant's contributions to the research being presented. One of these two letters must be from a Full, Associate, or Emeritus SOT member.

     

    5) Curriculum vitae of the applicant that includes specific descriptions of the applicant's scientific achievements, leadership, and service.

     

    Headshot/photograph image of sufficient quality for poster and presentation materials (does not factor into selection of the awardee, this is to have the info on hand to develop WIT annual meeting materials in a timely manner.)

     

    The awardee will receive an engraved plaque and monetary award. The intent of the monetary award is that it be used for education and/or research-related expenses, including travel to scientific conferences. Applicants for the award are not precluded from applying for travel support or other SOT awards outside of WIT.

     

    All components of the award application must be sent to sot.wit.awards@gmail.com as a single PDF file in addition to an image file of the photograph. The name of the award must be indicated in the title field. The application must be received by the deadline or the applicant will not be considered for the award.

     

    Postdoctoral fellows can only apply for one (1) WIT award.

     

    Postdoctoral fellows are eligible to receive (1) WIT award during their postdoctoral training period.

     

    Contact: María-Carmen Rubio-Armendáriz, PhD, WIT Senior Councilor & Aleksandra Buha Djordjevic, PhD, WIT Junior Councilor (sot.wit.awards@gmail.com)




    Celebrating Women in Toxicology Award

    Deadline: January 7

    Applicable Documents: N/A

    Please submit nominations to: María-Carmen Rubio-Armendáriz, PhD, WIT Senior Councilor & Aleksandra Buha Djordjevic, PhD, WIT Junior Councilor

    This award was inspired by the generosity of Ms. Anne Wolven Garrett, one of the early leaders in the field of toxicology. The initial seed money of $8,000 is from a generous donation from Ms. Wolven Garrett's estate.

    Ms. Wolven Garrett was one of the first women active in SOT's leadership. Beginning in the early 1970s, she served on several elected and appointed committees, as Historian, and as Vice President and President of a Regional Chapter. As noted during her memorial service in 2012, she was especially proud of her work with the Society. She was known for taking budding toxicologists under her wing and ended many conversations with “hug yourself; you are very special.”

    As a tribute to Ms. Wolven Garrett and all past and future female leaders of SOT, the Celebrating Women in Toxicology Award will recognize and encourage women who are in the early stages of developing their careers in the field of toxicology.

    This award is selected on the basis of scientific merit and outstanding demonstration of leadership and service to the scientific/toxicology community and given to female WIT member(s) engaged in academic study towards a Bachelor's, Master's or PhD in toxicology (or related field) and/or post-doctoral fellows engaged in research activities in the field of toxicology (or related field).

     

    Membership requirements for applicants:

    Undergraduate students

  • Enrolled in a Bachelor's program in toxicology (or closely related discipline)
  • Student member of WIT SIG at application deadline
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    Graduate students (Master's or PhD)

  • Enrolled in a graduate program in toxicology (or closely related discipline)
  • Student member of WIT SIG at application deadline
  • Student member of SOT at application deadline
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      Postdoctoral fellows

    • Current postdoctoral fellow in academia, industry, or government in the discipline of toxicology (or closely related discipline)
    • Postdoctoral member of WIT SIG at application deadline
    • Postdoctoral member of SOT at application deadline

     

    Required application components As listed below, should detail applicant’s demonstrated leadership and service in the field of toxicology or closely related discipline (examples include but are not limited to elected or appointed leadership positions in local or global scientific organizations, service to scientific organizations or events within their academic institution or community; e.g., such as a judge at science fair, coordinator of a scientific seminar series, etc.). These criteria, with others listed below, are used in the award selection process.

     

    • 1-page narrative describing the leadership and service to the scientific/toxicology community (written text 12 pt. Times New Roman)

     

    • 1-page narrative describing ongoing research project or research interests in the field of toxicology (written text 12 pt. Times New Roman);

     

    • 2 letters of recommendation describing the applicant’s leadership and service to the scientific/toxicology community. In addition to some mention of scientific achievement, letters should focus on recognition of the student's/postdoc’s demonstration of leadership and service in toxicology and/or their community. One of these letters must be from a Full, Associate, or Emeritus SOT member.
    • Headshot/photograph image of sufficient quality for poster and presentation materials (does not factor into selection of the awardee, this is to have the info on hand to develop WIT annual meeting materials in a timely manner.)

     

    • Curriculum vitae of the applicant that includes specific descriptions of the applicant's scientific and leadership qualifications.

     

    The awardee will receive an engraved plaque and a monetary award. The intent of the monetary award is that it be used for education and/or research-related expenses, including travel to scientific conferences.

     

    All components of the award application must be sent to sot.wit.awards@gmail.com as a single PDF file (this includes letters of recommendation but not the headshot/photograph). The application must be received by the deadline or the applicant will not be considered for the award.

     

    Students and postdoctoral applicants can only apply for one (1) WIT award.

     

    Graduate students are eligible to receive (1) WIT award during their graduate training period.

     

    Postdoctoral fellows are eligible to receive (1) WIT award during their postdoctoral training period.

     

    Contact: María-Carmen Rubio-Armendáriz, PhD, WIT Senior Councilor & Aleksandra Buha Djordjevic, PhD, WIT Junior Councilor (sot.wit.awards@gmail.com)




    Outstanding Young Investigator Award

    Deadline: January 7

    Applicable Documents: N/A

    Please submit nominations to: María-Carmen Rubio-Armendáriz, PhD, WIT Senior Councilor & Aleksandra Buha Djordjevic, PhD, WIT Junior Councilor

    The Outstanding Young Investigator Award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field toxicology in the early stage of their career. Peer- and self-nominations are both welcomed.

    Requirements for applications: The recipient must have 15 years or less of experience since obtaining his/her highest degree. Exceptions to the 15 year limitation can be made if careers were interrupted due to health reasons, family responsibilities, or related situations. The exception should be briefly acknowledged in the nomination letter – sufficient details are not expected to maintain privacy.

     

    Membership requirements for nominees:

    • Associate or Full Members of SOT
    • Member of the Women in Toxicology SIG

     

    Required application components as listed below, applications should include key contributions to the field, and career milestones/accolades. These criteria, with others listed below, are used in the award selection process.

     

    • Summary of the candidate's scientific contributions, including originality and impact on advancing the field of toxicology
    • At least two, but no more than three, letters of recommendation describing the nominee's significant contributions to toxicology. CV listing is not sufficient without analysis and discussion of the important contributions and how the nominee meets the award criteria
    • Curriculum vitae of the applicant
    • Headshot/photograph image of sufficient quality for poster and presentation materials (does not factor into selection of the awardee, this is to have the info on hand to develop WIT annual meeting materials in a timely manner)

     

    The awardee will receive an engraved plaque and a monetary award. The intent of the monetary award is that it be used for education and/or research-related expenses, including travel to scientific conferences.

     

    All components of the award application must be sent to sot.wit.awards@gmail.com as a single PDF file in addition to an image file of the photograph. The name of the award must be indicated in the title field. The application must be received by the deadline or the applicant will not be considered for the award.

     

    Applications will remain on file and be considered for 3 consecutive years. Applicants are encouraged to update their application during this period.

     

    Contact: María-Carmen Rubio-Armendáriz, PhD, WIT Senior Councilor & Aleksandra Buha Djordjevic, PhD, WIT Junior Councilor (sot.wit.awards@gmail.com)




    Smith and Hook Distinguished Service Award

    Deadline: January 7

    Applicable Documents: N/A

    Please submit nominations to: María-Carmen Rubio-Armendáriz, PhD, WIT Senior Councilor & Aleksandra Buha Djordjevic, PhD, WIT Junior Councilor

    Dr. Jacqueline Smith and the late Dr. Jerry Hook, have been long-time supporters of SOT and of WIT's mission. Their generous contribution helped to establish the Celebrating Women in Toxicology Endowment Fund and sustain a tradition of supporting awards for undergraduate/graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. In recognition of their generous legacy of supporting women in toxicology, WIT established the Smith and Hook Distinguished Service Award, which is supported by WIT operating funds.

    This award honors an individual for their long-term dedication to promote career development opportunities and recognition of the accomplishments of women toxicologists, and for their service and longstanding support to the SOT and/or WIT Special Interest Group (e.g., officer, committee member, volunteer, etc.).

    Peer- and self-nominations are both welcomed. Nominees must have:

    • Full or Emeritus SOT membership status

     

    Required application components As listed below, applications should detail the nominee's significant contributions to Women in Toxicology (service to SOT and/or WIT, promoting WIT's missions, supporting WIT's activities, etc.). These criteria, with others listed below, are used in the award selection process.

     

    • Summary of the candidate's contributions, and the impact on promoting the missions of WIT
    • At least two, but no more than three, letters of recommendation describing the nominees' significant contributions to women in the field of toxicology and service to SOT/WIT
    • Curriculum vitae that includes specific descriptions of the applicant's scientific achievements, leadership, and service
    • Headshot/photograph image of sufficient quality for poster and presentation materials (does not factor into selection of the awardee, this is to have the info on hand to develop WIT annual meeting materials in a timely manner)

     

    The awardee will receive a plaque and monetary award.

     

    All components of the award application must be sent to sot.wit.awards@gmail.com as a single PDF file in addition to an image file of the photograph. The name of the award must be indicated in the title field. The application must be received by the deadline or the applicant will not be considered for the award.

     

    Applications will remain on file and be considered for 3 consecutive years. Applicants are encouraged to update their application during this period.


    Contact: María-Carmen Rubio-Armendáriz, PhD, WIT Senior Councilor & Aleksandra Buha Djordjevic, PhD, WIT Junior Councilor (sot.wit.awards@gmail.com)




    Vera W. Hudson and Elizabeth K. Weisburger Scholarship Fund Student Award

    Deadline: January 7

    Applicable Documents: N/A

    Please submit nominations to: María-Carmen Rubio-Armendáriz, PhD, WIT Senior Councilor & Aleksandra Buha Djordjevic, PhD, WIT Junior Councilor

    This scholarship is made possible by the Vera W. Hudson and Elizabeth K. Weisburger Scholarship Fund of the SOT Endowment. Elizabeth K. Weisburger, a member of the SOT for over 35 years, has made pioneering contributions in cancer biology and toxicology. She has served as a role model for other women scientists. Vera W. Hudson was a Biologist and Information Specialist at the National Library of Medicine for many years and had a key role in developing the NLM Hazardous Substance Database.

    This award is given to a SOT graduate student member (current or pending), who is engaged in full-time graduate study towards a PhD in toxicology, demonstrates outstanding academic achievement in the field of toxicology, and demonstrates leadership and service.

     

    Requirements for applicants include:

    •   Current or pending student member of SOT at application deadline. Applicants who are not WIT members are strongly encourage to join.

    •   Enrolled in a full-time PhD program

    •   Advanced to candidacy for the PhD at the time of the application deadline

    •   Dissertation research relevant to the field of toxicology

    •   An accepted abstract for the 2023 SOT Annual Meeting

     

    Required application components As listed below, applications should detail the applicant’s scholastic achievement, scientific achievement, leadership and service activities, relevance of dissertation research to toxicology, and contribution the applicant’s research has had on the field of toxicology. These criteria, with others listed below, are used in the award selection process.

     

    1)   1-page cover letter written by the applicant highlighting their most significant leadership and service activities and summarizing their academic achievement, scientific achievement, and contributions to the field of toxicology (written text: 12 pt. Times New Roman).

     

    2)   1-page narrative describing graduate research hypothesis, background, and significance (written text: 12 pt. Times New Roman).

     

    3)  Extended abstract of the submitted presentation for the annual meeting (must include tables and/or figures; written text not to exceed 2 pages with 12 pt. Times New Roman).

     

    4)  Two letters of recommendation describing the student's academic and scientific achievement and including description of their leadership and service activities. One letter must be from the applicant's research advisor/mentor and include recognition of the applicant's contributions to the research being presented. One of these two letters must be from a Full, Associate, or Emeritus SOT member.

     

    5)  Curriculum vitae that includes specific descriptions of the applicant's academic achievement, scientific achievement, leadership, and service.

     

    6)  Current transcripts (unofficial transcripts with GPA are sufficient).

    7) Headshot/photograph image of sufficient quality for poster and presentation materials (does not factor into selection of the awardee, this is to have the info on hand to develop WIT annual meeting materials in a timely manner.)

     

     

    The awardee will receive an engraved plaque and monetary award. The intent of the monetary award is that it be used for education and/or research-related expenses, including travel to scientific conferences. Applicants for the award are not precluded from applying for travel support or other SOT awards outside of WIT.

     

    All components of the award application must be sent to sot.wit.awards@gmail.com as a single PDF file (this includes letters of recommendation). Only 1 file per applicant will be reviewed. The name of the award must be indicated in the title field. The application must be received by the deadline or the applicant will not be considered for the award.

     

    Graduate students can only apply for one (1) WIT award.

     

    Graduate students are eligible to receive (1) WIT award during their graduate training period.

     

    Contact: María-Carmen Rubio-Armendáriz, PhD, WIT Senior Councilor & Aleksandra Buha Djordjevic, PhD, WIT Junior Councilor (sot.wit.awards@gmail.com)