Award Descriptions & Deadlines

Graduate Student Excellence Award

Deadline: February 1

Applicable Documents: RSESS Award Application Excellence Award  

Please submit nominations to: Dr. Kristina Chadwick

Are you, or do you know, a graduate student who will be presenting a poster or making a platform presentation at the next SOT Annual Meeting?

If so, you should know that the Regulatory and Safety Evaluation Specialty Section (RSESS) plans to continue its practice of providing awards to trainees who have presentations that are broadly applicable to regulatory toxicology or safety evaluation. Applications will be judged on the quality of the abstract and synopsis, relevance to the field, and strength of the support letter.

The selected awardees will be given $1000 by the RSESS. The monetary award can be used for registration or travel support to the SOT Annual Meeting, other scientific meetings relevant to your work, or applied to training courses (online or in-person) that will advance your research skills and/or future professional development. To submit an application, email the following information to the Vice President of RSESS at the following email address: Dr. Kristina Chadwick

  1. An application form
  2. The abstract of the work that you will be presenting at the SOT meeting, and
  3. A letter of recommendation from your advisor.

Awardees will be notified by February 28, 2023.

We are looking forward to reviewing your applications!!!




Best Paper of the Year Award

Deadline: February 1

Applicable Documents: RSESS Award Application Best Paper  

Please submit nominations to: Dr. Kristina Chadwick

The Regulatory and Safety Evaluation Specialty Section would like to recognize talented researchers who have recently published exceptional papers that contribute to the field of regulatory and safety evaluation in toxicology.

This award will be presented to the author(s) of the best paper published in the calendar year preceding the Annual Meeting at which the award is recognized. The first author will receive an award of $1000 from the RSESS. The author(s) need not be a member of the Society of Toxicology.

Nominations should include a one page summary of the paper’s contribution to the science of regulatory and safety evaluation and a copy of the article for which the nomination is being made.

Any member of the Society may submit one title for consideration. The recipients of this award will receive a cash award. Please submit nominations to Dr. Kristina Chadwick .

Awardees will be notified by February 28, 2023.




Postdoc Excellence Award

Deadline: February 1

Applicable Documents: RSESS_Award_Application_postdoc excellence award.docx  

Please submit nominations to: Dr. Kristina Chadwick

Are you, or do you know, a postdoc who will be presenting a poster or making a platform presentation at the next SOT Annual Meeting?

If so, you should know that the Regulatory and Safety Evaluation Specialty Section (RSESS) plans to continue its practice of providing awards to trainees who have presentations that are broadly applicable to regulatory toxicology or safety evaluation. Applications will be judged on the quality of the abstract and synopsis, relevance to the field, and strength of the support letter.

The selected awardees will be given $1000 by the RSESS. Postdoctoral fellows in all sectors of research/employment are eligible. The monetary award can be used for registration or travel support to the SOT Annual Meeting, other scientific meetings relevant to your work, or applied to training courses (online or in-person) that will advance your research skills and/or future professional development.

To submit an application, email the following information to the Vice President of RSESS at the following email address: Dr. Kristina Chadwick

  1. An application form
  2. The abstract of the work that you will be presenting at the SOT meeting, and
  3. A letter of recommendation from your advisor.

Awardees will be notified by February 28, 2023.

We are looking forward to reviewing your applications!!!




Outstanding Contribution to Regulatory and Safety Evaluation Award

Deadline: February 1

Applicable Documents: RSESS Award Application Outstanding Contribution  

Please submit nominations to: Dr. Kristina Chadwick

Starting in 2021, the Regulatory and Safety Evaluation Specialty Section (RSESS) would like to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions in areas of regulatory and safety evaluation.

Any RSESS member can nominate an individual for this award. The nomination should include a summary of key contributions in the regulatory and safety evaluation and include, but not limited to:

- Advancement or enhancement of safety evaluation.

- Development of regulation/guidance documents in safety assessment.

- Extensive contribution in regulatory and safety field.

- Major influence in the education/training/mentorship of young scientists in government, industry, and/or academia.

- Leadership and service to the field including involvement in the RSESS or other organizations related to the regulatory and safety assessment.

The nomination and the CV of the nominee should be submitted via e-mail to the Regulatory and Safety Evaluation Specialty Section. The Awardee will be selected based on the nomination of candidates by the RSESS Awards Committee and RSESS Executive Council. The awardee will be contacted at the end of February and recognized at the RSESS reception during the annual Society of Toxicology meeting in March.

Please attach a current CV and any support letter of recommendation and submit this application and your letter via email to: Dr. Kristina Chadwick




Elsevier Award: Three-Minute Thesis (TMT)

Deadline: February 1

Applicable Documents: N/A

Please submit nominations to: Kristina Chadwick

The Three-Minute Thesis (TMT) is a new RSESS award, sponsored by Elsevier, that will serve as a new platform for student members to showcase their current thesis research project within a short, 3-minute time limit. Presentations will be judged based on overall scientific merit, including relevance to regulatory toxicology or safety evaluation, a graphical abstract presentation, and ability to successfully communicate the goals of their research and answer questions.

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students only

Application: Student members who wish to be considered should submit a standard meeting abstract along with a graphical abstract (like those requested by many journals) by the award deadline (abstract will need to be accepted by SOT to be eligible for consideration). Selection: The RSESS Executive Committee will convene a diverse panel to select student research projects from the pool of applicants to present in the RSESS Mixer Event. Among others, a key criterion for selection is the relevance work to regulatory safety, risk assessment or closely related aspects of research.

The number of presenters at the RSESS Mixer is limited to 5.

Presentation: Using a graphical abstract (1 slide), students will be allowed 3 minutes (timed) to present the basis of their research (brand and pitch exercise) followed by 1-2 minutes for Q&A.

Goal: TMT will provide a platform for students to practice how to organize, distill, and communicate their research to non-experts in a limited timeframe (“elevator speech”). Through this exercise, students will learn how to present their thesis research in an effective way that highlights the scientific question, main findings and their merit, the overall impact to the field.

Awards: The top 3 student presentations selected by the panel of judges will receive monetary prizes ($500 for 1st place and $250 each for 2nd and 3rd place). To submit an application, email the following information to the Vice President of RSESS at the following email address: Dr. Kristina Chadwick.

Candidates selected to present at the RSESS Mixer will be informed by February 28.




Award Review Criterion

Award categories, criteria, and submission deadlines are posted on the RSESS website under the Awards tab. Our deadline for all awards is December 1. We also advertise our award submission deadline and solicit volunteers for reviewing award applications throughout the year via the RSESS website, newsletters, and email blasts to membership. In addition:

  • We depend on RSESS members to volunteer their time to serve on the Awards Review Committee; thus, we engage our membership.
  • The Awards Review Committee is chaired by the RSESS Vice-President.
  • Every attempt is made to have diversity of employment background within the Awards Review Committee (i.e. government, industry, academia, CRO, etc.).
  • RSESS officers participate in the review process.
  • Award selections are shared with RSESS officers for final approval.

Award applications are scored across the following categories: Innovative, Impactful, Quality, and Relevancy. For student awards, the strength of the support letter is also considered.

The criteria for the Outstanding Contribution to Regulatory and Safety Evaluation award include:

  • Advancement or enhancement of safety evaluation.
  • Development of regulation/guidance documents in safety assessment.
  • Extensive contribution in regulatory and safety field.
  • Major influence in the education/training/mentorship of young scientists in government, industry, and/or academia.
  • Leadership and service to the field including involvement in the RSESS or other organizations related to the regulatory and safety assessment.

Please encourage students to apply for our student awards. If you have read an impactful paper this year to our specialty section, reach out to the authors and suggest that they apply for the Best Paper Award. Consider nominating a colleague for the Outstanding Contribution Award.