Awards

Award Title Career Achievement Award 
Award Description An engraved plaque will be awarded to a senior investigator whose body of work represents an outstanding achievement in respiratory/inhalation toxicology. The nomination should include a letter discussing the individual’s work in advancing the field and should specifically address the following four areas: breadth and depth of scientific contributions, influence in the education/training/mentorship of young scientists in the field, leadership and service to the field, and influence on regulatory/public health decisions. A curriculum vitae and bibliography should also be included; seconding letters are helpful. Nominations of unsuccessful candidates will be considered for two additional years unless the nomination is withdrawn by the sponsor. Although preference will be given to Specialty Section and SOT members at large, the primary criteria for this award will be the importance of the investigator’s contribution to the field of inhalation and respiratory toxicology.

Contact: Irfan Rahman  
Deadline January 15 
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Award Title Paper of the Year Award 
Award Description An engraved plaque will be awarded to the author(s) of the best paper in the area of respiratory/inhalation toxicology. The paper must be published in a peer-reviewed journal during the calendar year (Jan 1-Dec 31) prior to the annual meeting of the Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section at which the award will be presented.

To be eligible for the award, at least one author must be an SOT member; some additional preference will be given to Specialty Section members. The nomination should provide a full citation of the paper, a short discussion of the value of the research to the field of respiratory/inhalation toxicology, and should address the originality, scientific quality, and impact of the paper. Please submit nominations for Awards for Best Inhalation Paper of the Year to:

Contact: Irfan Rahman  
Deadline January 15 
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Award Title Young Investigator Award 
Award Description An engraved plaque and a cash stipend ($500) will be awarded to a scientist who has made significant contributions to the field of inhalation or respiratory toxicology. The recipient must have less than 15 years of experience since obtaining her/his highest earned degree at the time when the award is presented. The nomination should summarize the contributions of the candidate’s scientific contributions, including originality, creativity, and impact and should include a curriculum vitae and a bibliography. Nominees must be members of the Specialty Section.

Contact: Irfan Rahman  
Deadline January 15 
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Award Title Mary Amdur Student Award 
Award Description An engraved plaque and cash stipend ($500) will be awarded to the student whose abstract best addresses the environmental health issues that were the focus of Dr. Amdur’s career. The nomination should include one composite .pdf document that contains 1) a copy of the abstract submitted to the Program Committee, 2) a letter of nomination from the student's sponsor, and 3) a short synopsis submitted by the student. The synopsis should include the rationale for the study, the significance of the results, the relationship between the student’s work and Dr. Amdur’s career, and the student's role in the work. Nominees must be members of the Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section.

Contact: Irfan Rahman

This award is made possible by the Mary Amdur Student Award Fund of the SOT Endowment.  
Deadline January 15 
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Award Title Student Award 
Award Description An engraved plaque and a cash stipend ($500) will be awarded for the best abstract presented by a student in the field of respiratory/inhalation toxicology. The nomination should include one composite .pdf document that contains 1) a copy of the Abstract submitted to the Program Committee, 2) a letter of nomination from the student's sponsor, and 3) a short synopsis submitted by the student. This synopsis should include the rationale for the study, the significance of the results, and the student's role in the work. If a student is applying for the Mary Amdur award and would also like to be considered for this award, she/he will need to prepare a separate nomination package consistent with student award criteria regarding the general relevance to the field of respiratory/inhalation toxicology. Students applying for both awards may receive only one award. Nominees must be members of the Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section.

Contact: Irfan Rahman  
Deadline January 15 
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Award Title Postdoctoral Award 
Award Description An engraved plaque and cash stipend ($500) will be awarded for the best abstract presented by a postdoctoral fellow in the field of respiratory/inhalation toxicology. The nomination should include one composite .pdf document that contains 1) a copy of the Abstract submitted to the Program Committee, 2) a letter of nomination from the candidate’s sponsor, and 3) a short synopsis submitted by the postdoc. This synopsis should include the rationale for the study, the significance of the results, and the nominee's role in the work. Nominees must be members of the Specialty Section.

Contact: Irfan Rahman  
Deadline January 15 
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Award Title Donald E. Gardner Inhalation Toxicology Education Award 
Award Description Donald E. Gardner was a distinguished pioneer in the field of Inhalation Toxicology. His research contributed to a better understanding of the health effects of air pollutants, thereby promoting the health of workers and the public. His mentorship of numerous individuals played a key role in their development as contributing scientists.

This award will be used to provide stipends to early career scientists to gain specialized training in novel/emerging inhalation toxicology methodologies in the laboratory of leading scientists in the field. The goal is to enhance the ability of Gardner Award recipients to contribute to understanding the hazards/risks of inhaled materials. The Gardner Award may also be used for development of educational webinars on innovative methods in the fields of Inhalation and Respiratory Toxicology.

Gardner Award recipients will be selected by the IRSS based on the following criteria:
  1. Member of SOT (any category of membership is acceptable).
  2. Enrolled in a graduate program relevant to inhalation toxicology or within 10 years of receiving advanced degree in a field relevant to inhalation toxicology.
  3. Specialized training is likely to advance the science of inhalation toxicology
    1. Recipient shows evidence of ability to take advantage of this award
    2. Training program is at state-of-the-art facility and relevant to inhalation toxicology
  4. Webinars are on innovative topics in inhalation toxicology and a number of individuals (scientists and/or policy makers) are likely to benefit.
  5. Request is $2000 or less.
The recipient will receive an engraved plaque and the monetary award during the annual IRSS meeting held each year during the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting

Post-award Recipient Responsibilities:

This award’s perpetual intent is to foster the growth and development of scientists in the field of inhalation toxicology, which requires sustained funding. Such funding is predicated on the success of the scientist. To assess the value of this education/training award, the IRSS needs to maintain a record of the impact of the award to the career development of the recipient or the impact of Webinars to the target audience.

Recognizing that the ultimate value of the award may be several years in the future the IRSS will request a brief (i.e., less than 250 words) annual description of the impact of the award on the career development of the recipient for 3 year following receipt of the award. These updates may be highlighted in the IRSS newsletter and at the IRSS reception during the annual SOT meeting.

To Apply:
Training
  • Name of Applicant:
  • Applicant contact information: (email, phone)
  • Applicant career information: Student or employment status. Please attach CV
  • Description of the scientific topic of the training, with emphasis on how it is innovative (less than 300 words, not counting references)
  • Statement of how the recipient intends to use the knowledge gained to advance the science of inhalation toxicology (less than 500 words)
  • Statement from first-line supervisor of applicant’s institution/employer of commitment to the training
  • Host information:
    • Name and location of laboratory
    • Brief discussion of why this host was selected
    • Desired start date and duration of training
    • Letter from host investigator indicating
      • commitment to the training
      • brief description of availability of relevant space, equipment, supplies
      • CV of host scientist
  • Financial request: provide specific resource categories and justification. For example, travel, per diem, supplies, etc.


Webinar
  • Name of Applicant:
  • Applicant contact information: (email, phone)
  • Applicant career information: Student or employment status. Please attach CV of applicant.
  • Topic of Webinar and value of information to be provided. In the case of webinars with subparts, please describe subparts.
  • Lead speakers of the webinar. Include name, affiliation, and provide CVs.
  • Intended audience of the webinar
  • Indicate experience of group actually administering the webinar (note- goal here is to assure that the person or group can successfully conduct the webinar).
  • Funds requested, with brief justification of needs
Please send the Vice President-Elect of the IRSS, Irfan Rahman with your nominations and all supporting documents by January 15, 2019.  
Deadline January 15 
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