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Awards

The Mechanisms Section sponsors a Graduate Student Award program for student members of the section, with awards made annually at the SOT Annual Meeting. The awards include a Merck Postdoctoral Travel Award and the Carl C. Smith Graduate Student Award. For more information also visit the SOT Specialty Section Awards page.

Mechanisms Specialty Section 2020 Virtual Annual Business Meeting and Awards Reception

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Awards Descriptions

Award Title Career Achievement Award 
Award Description The Mechanisms Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology is pleased to announce the creation of the Career Achievement Award at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology. Mechanisms Specialty Section members are invited to nominate their colleagues. Self-nominations are also welcome. All nominations, if not selected upon first submission, will be retained for 3-5 years for subsequent consideration.

Requirements:
  1. The nominee must be a member of the Mechanisms Specialty Section.
  2. A current CV of the nominee.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from members of the Mechanisms Specialty Section outlining the research accomplishments and service of the candidate.

The materials must be submitted as a single PDF file to sotmechanisms@gmail.com, in the subject line, please put "Career_applicantlastname". For example: Career_Smith. Applications for the award are requested no later than December 1.

Selection of the awardees will be based on the strength of the mechanistic focus of their research and letters of recommendations. Recipient will be announced at the Mechanisms Specialty Section business meeting at the SOT Annual Meeting. Any questions concerning this award should be directed to sotmechanisms@gmail.com.

 
Deadline December 1 
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Award Title Carl C. Smith Graduate Student Award 
Award Description The Carl C. Smith Graduate Student Award is among the original awards offered by the Mechanisms Specialty Section. This award honors the career of Carl C. Smith and typifies the commitment of Dr. Smith and his wife Tee to the advancement of graduate education in the field of toxicology. This award is made possible by the Carl C. Smith Student Mechanisms Award Fund of the SOT Endowment. The prestige of this award is well-appreciated among Society members and the field at-large. Applicants are encouraged to submit their best work.

The requirements for the award are:
  1. A submitted abstract for the 2023 SOT Annual Meeting. The student should be the primary author and contributor to the work described.
  2. The applicant must be a graduate student member of the SOT (pending membership status ok).
  3. The applicant does not have to be a member of the Mechanisms Specialty Section; however, if not a member, one of the letters of recommendation (see below) should include a note of sponsorship by a current member of the Mechanisms Specialty Section.
Required documentation and submission process:
  1. Cover letter from the applicant indicating the documents associated with the award application (abstract, personal statement, names of individuals providing letters, etc.).
  2. Copy of the submitted abstract (including relevant abstract identifier #s obtained during the submission process).
  3. A personal statement (no more than 1 page, 11pt Arial, single space) describing how the work described in the abstract fits into the overall thesis and training, as well as career goals.
  4. Two letters, preferably from Mechanisms SS members, recommending the graduate student and the research project must be sent for each abstract. One recommendation must be from the Department or Section Head. The second letter should be from the research mentor. If the Department Head and the mentor are the same individual, a second letter must be submitted from another member of the student’s dissertation/thesis committee. If neither the Department Head or mentor are members of the Specialty Section, a third letter of sponsorship from a member is required. Individuals submitting recommendations letters should do so to sotmechanisms@gmail.com. In the subject line of the email, please put the following: “LOS_CCS_applicantlastname.” For example: LOS_CCS_Johnson.
All materials must be sent as a single electronic file attachment (pdf) to sotmechanisms@gmail.com, and must be sent no later than 11:59 PM (EST) December 1, 2021. In the subject line of the email, please put the following: CCS_applicantlastname. For example: CCS_Johnson. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application review criteria and 2nd phase review for finalists: Applications will be judged on criteria including 1) perceived scientific impact, 2) depth of mechanistic insight and approach, 3) relevance to toxicology, 4) clarity of findings, 5) quality of writing, 6) letters of recommendation and 7) the personal statement. Important: Top-tier finalists will be selected and will be asked to submit a full-length manuscript for final judging in a second review phase. This manuscript cannot be published or in press at the time of submission.

Award recipients will be announced at the Mechanisms Specialty Section business meeting at the SOT Annual Meeting and will receive a plaque and cash award. Questions on the award or application process can be referred to sotmechanisms@gmail.com.

 
Deadline December 1 
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Award Title Elsevier Postdoctoral Award 
Award Description The Mechanisms Specialty Section is pleased to announce a new award available, for a postdoctoral scholar sponsored by Elsevier, for attending the SOT Annual Meeting.

A postdoctoral scholar will be selected. The awardee will be awarded a monetary prize of $1,000.

Submission requirements are:
  1. Applicants conducting research in mechanistic toxicology as defined by the Mechanisms website are encouraged to apply;
  2. The applicant is not required to be a Mechanisms Specialty Section member but is highly encouraged;
  3. An abstract must have been submitted and accepted for the upcoming SOT
  4. Annual Meeting with postdoctoral fellow as the presenting author; the late-breaking abstract is acceptable;
  5. A letter must be received from the mentor outlining the fellow's role in the research;
  6. A postdoctoral scholar is not eligible for the same award if they have won it previously (as this is a new award, this is not applicable in 2023);
  7. Recipients of this award must not accept travel awards from any other Specialty Section for the upcoming SOT Annual Meeting.
Selection of the recipient will be based on the scientific quality of the abstract, and its application of biochemical, pharmacological, or toxicologic techniques to answer mechanistic toxicology questions.

A copy of the accepted abstract and a recommendation letter from the postdoctoral scholar’s mentor or a Mechanisms Specialty Section member must be sent as an electronic file attachment (Word or pdf) to sotmechanisms@gmail.com no later than the deadline. Please include “Elsevier_applicantlastname” in the subject line, for example Elsevier_Smith.

Recipients will be announced at the Mechanisms Specialty Section business meeting at the SOT Annual Meeting and receive a certificate and cash award. This award is made possible by the Elsevier Publishing Company. For further information, contact sotmechanisms@gmail.com.

 
Deadline December 1 
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Award Title Gabriel L. Plaa Education Award 
Award Description Dr. Gabriel L. Plaa (1930–2009) made outstanding contributions to mechanistic toxicology in the area of chemical-induced liver injury during his illustrious career. He held the office of Society of Toxicology (SOT) President from 1983–1984 and received numerous awards from the SOT. Of equal significance, Dr. Plaa played a major role in the education of graduate and post-graduate students in toxicology. His influence was truly extraordinary, and many of his former students have held leadership roles in, and received awards from, the SOT.

The Mechanisms Specialty Section is pleased to offer the Gabriel L. Plaa Education Award to postdoctoral trainees.

The requirements for the award are:
  1. The applicant must be a postdoctoral trainee and a member of the SOT (pending status is ok). Mechanisms Specialty Section membership is not required.
  2. The applicant must have submitted an abstract for the 2023 SOT Annual Meeting. The applicant should be the primary author and contributor to the work described.
  3. The applicant must arrive at the SOT Annual Meeting by noon on Sunday to allow time for a selection committee interview.
Required submission materials:
  1. A cover letter (two pages maximum) that includes a statement of the applicant’s research interests, how his/her current research advances the field of mechanistic toxicology, and a clear statement of the applicant’s contributions to education and/or mentoring in toxicology
  2. A copy of the submitted abstract
  3. A current Curriculum Vitae
  4. Two letters of recommendation: One letter must be from the postdoctoral advisor and must verify that the work reported in the abstract was performed during postdoctoral training.

The materials should be submitted as a single PDF file to sotmechanisms@gmail.com in the subject line of your email, please put "Plaa_applicantlastname". For example: Plaa_Smith

Recipients will be announced at the Mechanisms Specialty Section business meeting at the SOT Annual Meeting and will receive a plaque and cash award. This award is made possible by the Gabriel L. Plaa Education Award Fund of the SOT Endowment. For more information regarding this award please contact sotmechanisms@gmail.com.

 
Deadline January 1 
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Award Title Renal Toxicology Award  
Award Description The Mechanisms SS Renal Toxicology Award recognizes scientific contributions in the area of mechanistic or molecular renal toxicology.

Eligibility for Renal Toxicology award:
  1. Predoctoral Graduate Student or Postdoctoral Scientist
  2. Member of SOT
  3. A submitted abstract for the 2023 SOT Annual Meeting
Required submission materials and judging criteria:
  1. A submitted abstract for the 2023 SOT Annual Meeting. The student should be the primary author and contributor to the work described.
  2. Short written narrative (no more than 300 words) describing the purpose of the study or hypothesis being tested, scientific approach, results and significance.
  3. The focus of the award is on the kidney. The written narrative should highlight how the abstract fits within this focus. Examples include, but are not limited to, mechanistic or molecular renal toxicology, renal disease drug discovery, urinary biomarkers, or renal elimination of toxicants.
  4. Letter of support from mentor/advisor describing the impact of the work and relevance to the field of renal toxicology.

A single PDF file containing the abstract, essay, and supporting letter to be sent to sotmechanisms@gmail.com by December 1, 2022. In the subject line, please put "Renal_applicantlastname". For Example: Renal_Smith

Recipients will be announced at the Mechanisms Specialty Section business meeting at the SOT Annual Meeting and will receive a plaque and cash award. This award is made possible by the Renal Toxicology Fellowship Award Fund of the SOT Endowment. For more information regarding this award please contact sotmechanisms@gmail.com.

 
Deadline December 1 
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Award Title Robert J. Rubin Student Travel Award 
Award Description The Mechanisms and Risk Assessment Specialty Section’s Robert J. Rubin Student Travel Award supports one or more graduate student’s participation in the SOT Annual Meeting. Recipients of the Rubin Award are selected by a Committee jointly appointed by the leadership of the Mechanisms Specialty Section and the Risk Assessment Specialty Section. Award Recipient(s) are selected based on the scientific quality and application of mechanistic toxicology to risk assessment.

The requirements for the award are:
  1. The applicant must be a graduate student and a SOT member (pending status ok). Mechanisms Specialty Section membership not required.
  2. Applications for the award will be accepted for SOT presentations given up to one year after the student receives their doctoral degree.
  3. Selection of recipient(s) will be based on the scientific quality of the abstract, application of biochemical, pharmacological, and/or toxicological techniques to answer mechanistic toxicology questions or further advance the field of risk assessment.
Required submission materials:
  1. A cover letter (one page maximum) that includes a statement of the applicant’s research interests and how his/her current research advances the field of mechanistic toxicology.
  2. A submitted abstract for the 2023 SOT Annual Meeting. The student should be the primary author and contributor to the work described.
The materials should be submitted as a single PDF attachment to sotmechanisms@gmail.com no later than December 30th, 2021. In the subject line, please put "Rubin_applicantlastname." For example: Rubin_Johnson

Recipients will be announced at the Mechanisms Specialty Section business meeting at the SOT Annual Meeting and will receive a certificate and cash award. This award is made possible by the Robert J. Rubin Student Travel Award Fund of the SOT Endowment.

 
Deadline December 30 
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Award Title Ronald G. Thurman Student Travel Award 
Award Description The Mechanisms Specialty Section is pleased to offer the Ronald G. Thurman Student Travel Award to an outstanding graduate student. The requirements for the award are:
  1. The applicant must be a graduate student and a SOT member (pending status ok). Mechanisms Specialty Section membership not required.
  2. Applications for the award will be accepted for SOT presentations given up to one year after the student receives their doctoral degree.
  3. Selection of recipient(s) will be based on the scientific quality of the abstract, application of biochemical, pharmacological, and/or toxicological techniques to answer mechanistic toxicology questions.
Required submission materials:
  1. A cover letter (one page maximum) that includes a statement of the applicant’s research interests and how his/her current research advances the field of mechanistic toxicology.
  2. A submitted abstract for the 2023 SOT Annual Meeting. The student should be the primary author and contributor to the work described.

The materials should be submitted as a single PDF to sotmechanisms@gmail.com, in the subject line, please put "Thurman_applicantlastname". For example: Thurman_Smith

Recipients will be announced at the Mechanisms Specialty Section business meeting at the SOT Annual Meeting and will receive a certificate and cash award. This award is made possible by the Ronald G. Thurman Student Travel Award Fund of the SOT Endowment. For more information regarding this award please contact sotmechanisms@gmail.com.

 
Deadline December 1 
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Award Title Sheldon D. Murphy Student and Postdoctoral Endowment Award 
Award Description

The Sheldon D. Murphy Memorial Fund was established in memory of Sheldon D. Murphy, a SOT Charter Member, and its fourteenth President (1974–1975). Dr. Murphy was an inspiring leader who made substantial contributions in toxicology education, research and public service. This Memorial Fund honors Dr. Murphy’s considerable contributions to the science of toxicology.

Criteria:

  1. PhD candidate (i.e., passed comprehensive exams) or postdoctoral trainee at the time of the 2023 Annual Meeting.
  2. SOT member (pending status ok)

Nominee Selections are made by an appointed committee of Mechanisms Specialty Section officers based on the overall scientific quality of the abstract and the relevance to mechanistic toxicology. Note graduate student and postdoctoral trainee applications will be judged separately.

Required submission materials:

  • Cover letter with a short statement that should contain:
    1. Impact of the research on the field of toxicology (<150 words).
    2. Status as a PhD candidate or postdoctoral trainee
    3. Date of advancement to PhD candidacy (graduate students only)

  • Submitted abstract for the 2022 SOT Annual Meeting. The student should be the primary author and contributor to the work described.

The materials should be submitted as a single PDF file to sotmechanisms@gmail.com, In the subject line, please put “Murphy_applicantlastname”. For example: Murphy_Smith

Recipients will be announced at the Mechanisms Specialty Section business meeting at the SOT Annual Meeting and will receive a certificate and cash award. This award is made possible by the Sheldon D. Murphy Student Award Endowment Fund.

 
Deadline December 1 
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