Celebrating Women in Toxicology Award Fund
Fund Established May 2014
The Society of Toxicology (SOT) is pleased to announce the creation of the Celebrating Women in Toxicology Award Endowment Fund, sponsored by the Women in Toxicology Special Interest Group (WIT SIG). Proceeds from this Fund will be used to provide cash stipends to domestic or international students (undergraduate and/or graduate students) and/or postdoctoral fellows, whose studies and/or research interests are in the toxicological sciences. Award recipients will be selected on the basis of scientific merit, leadership, and service.
This award was inspired by the generosity of Ms. Anne Wolven Garrett, one of the early leaders in toxicology. The initial seed money of $8,000.00 is from a generous donation from Ms. Wolven Garrett’s estate. It is anticipated that former colleagues of Ms. Wolven Garrett, as well as members of the WIT SIG and SOT, will make contributions to the Fund.
The Society has many female leaders who have been influential in the science of toxicology and the SOT. Ms. Wolven Garrett was one of the first women active in the Society’s leadership. Beginning in the early 1970s, she served on several elected committees, several 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.
Vera W. Hudson and Elizabeth K. Weisburger Scholarship Fund
Fund Established October 2007
Elizabeth K. Weisburger
“The initial announcement that the SOT was accepting funds to establish Charitable Gift Annuities had me mildly interested. The death of a colleague and co-author, Vera W. Hudson, led me to reconsider a donation to the SOT as a memorial for Vera.”
Elizabeth K. Weisburger
The Vera W. Hudson and Elizabeth K. Weisburger Scholarship Fund was created with a generous gift from Elizabeth K. Weisburger, a long-time member of the SOT. Elizabeth created the Fund to honor the memory of her deceased long-time friend and professional associate, Vera W. Hudson. Vera was a biologist and information specialist at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for many years, she had an important role in developing the NLM Hazardous Substances Data Bank and other sources of toxicology information on chemicals. Proceeds from the Vera W. Hudson and Elizabeth K. Weisburger Fund will be used to fund scholarships for individuals, with preference to women, pursuing graduate studies in Toxicology. Elizabeth has also purchased a Charitable Gift Annuity, see description below, with the Vera W. Hudson and Elizabeth K. Weisburger Scholarship Fund named as the beneficiary. The Scholarship Fund is open to receive contributions from other donors who would like to honor Vera and Elizabeth and encourage women in the field of toxicology.