Undergraduate Students

For undergraduate students, SOT offers special status as an Undergraduate Student Affiliate, specific activities at the SOT Annual Meeting, and awards, including the Undergraduate Diversity Program Student Travel Award and the SOT Undergraduate Student Research Award. Other resources include career information, internship listings, opportunities to participate in Regional Chapter meetings, and connections to other ways to investigate exciting opportunities in biomedical graduate school and toxicology careers.

SOT Annual Meeting Abstract Submission Deadline: October 15
SOT Undergraduate Awards Application Deadline: October 15

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Message: SOT Opportunities for Undergraduates.


The Society of Toxicology has established a special category for undergraduate students to participate in the activities of the Society. There is no fee for the affiliate status and undergraduates retain this status until their graduation. Undergraduate Student Affiliate applications are accepted at any time.

Undergraduate Student Affiliate Eligibility

  • Are enrolled in an academic program leading to a bachelor’s degree, or in the first year of a formal postbaccalaureate research position.
  • Have an interest in toxicology or related biomedical sciences, and
  • Submit the required information on the form below.

Undergraduate Student Affiliate Benefits

  • Achieve distinction among your peers
  • Obtain a special status with SOT
  • Participate in the SOT Undergraduate Affiliate ToXchange Community
  • Gain access to information
    • Undergraduate Affiliate ToXchange community discussions
    • Undergraduate awards and special SOT Annual Meeting activities
    • Travel and poster awards related to SOT Regional Chapter meetings
    • Summer research programs
    • Toxicology-related activities on campuses
    • Review SOT CEd-Tox online courses at no cost
  • Receive SOT publications
    • SOT Annual Meeting information and publications
    • The Communiqué, the SOT newsletter

Go to: Undergraduate Student Affiliate application

Undergraduate students may request an SOT Annual Meeting and Tox Expo registration fee waiver by completing a meeting Registration Form and sending it with a copy of their student ID to the attention of Jim Dailey, Meeting Registrar, via email or fax: 703.438.3113.

This program for undergraduates, held in conjunction with the March SOT Annual Meeting, includes introductory toxicology lectures, special sessions to learn more about applying for graduate school and being successful in graduate school, and the opportunity to meet one-on-one with directors of academic toxicology programs and internship hosts, and career roundtables with toxicologists from different employment sectors.

All undergraduate students registering for the SOT Annual Meeting can sign up for the Undergraduate Education Program, which takes place on Sunday, March 27, by checking the box for the “Undergraduate Education Program” in the “Student and Postdoctoral Functions” section of the Annual Meeting Registration Form.

The program schedule and other details related to the 2022 Undergraduate Education Program are available on the SOT Annual Meeting website.

Past program registrants can access previous Undergraduate Education Program materials on the program’s archive web page.

Undergraduate and graduate students from racial/ethnic groups who are underrepresented in the sciences who were selected for this program in the previous four years and have an abstract accepted for the SOT Annual Meeting can apply for the Perry J. Gehring Award. This award is funded by the SOT Endowment Perry J. Gehring Fund.

Go to Perry J. Gehring Student Diversity Award for application materials.
Abstract Submission Deadline: October 15
Application Deadline: October 15

Undergraduate students who have research abstracts selected for the SOT Annual Meeting are eligible for this award which is administered by the Faculty United for Toxicology Undergraduate Recruitment and Education (FUTURE) Committee. Students receive travel funding to attend the meeting, national recognition, a mentor, and participate in special undergraduate activities during the SOT Annual Meeting.

Go to SOT Undergraduate Research Awards for application materials. (updated July 1)
SOT Undergraduate Research Award Video

Abstract Submission Deadline: October 15
Application Deadline: October 15

The Undergraduate Diversity Program takes place during the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo and includes introductory toxicology lectures, participation in mentoring groups, opportunities to meet with academic program directors and toxicologists from different employment sectors, and participation in Annual Meeting sessions.

Participation in this Committee on Diversity Initiatives–led program is limited to the recipients of the Undergraduate Diversity Program Student Awards and Undergraduate Diversity Program Advisor Travel Awards. Students and faculty advisors selected for these awards receive travel and lodging to attend the Undergraduate Diversity Program. Students enrolled at accredited undergraduate institutions are eligible to apply, with preference for sophomores and juniors and students who are from racial/ethnic groups underrepresented in the sciences, are first-generation college students, or are attending institutions receiving low amounts of federal funding for biomedical research. Undergraduate faculty who are non-SOT members and have a significant role as an advisor or mentor to students from diverse backgrounds, including students who belong to ethnic/racial groups underrepresented in the sciences and/or from other underserved populations, may apply for an advisor award.

The deadline for both awards is October 15, 2021.

The program schedule and other details related to the 2022 Undergraduate Diversity Program are available on the SOT Annual Meeting website.

Past program participants can access previous Undergraduate Diversity Program materials on the program’s archive web page.

For insight into how previous Undergraduate Diversity Program awardees have continued in the sciences and transitioned into the biomedical workforce, visit the “Eye on CDI” web page. For reflections on the influence and history of the program, see blogs written by Jennifer Rayner and Claude McGowan.

Undergraduate and graduate students of US accredited institutions from racial/ethnic groups who are underrepresented in the sciences are eligible to apply for an activity or event that will enhance their personal career development. Applicant must be an SOT Undergraduate Student Affiliate or Graduate Student Member. Recipients are chosen based on criteria that include quality of proposed experience, relevance to the proposed professional activity to a career involving the science of toxicology, academic achievement, and recommendation by an academic advisor. This award is funded by the SOT Endowment Diversity Initiatives Fund.

Go to Diversity Initiatives Endowment Career Development Award for application materials.
2021–2022 Application extended deadline: TBD

Go to Diversity Initiatives Endowment blogs to see past recipients.

The Toxicology Mentoring and Skills Development Training Program (ToxMSDT) is a year-long program for undergraduate students. Funded by an NIH grant and organized by a partnership of institutions, including SOT, the goal of this program is to attract diverse, high achieving undergraduate students from around the United States to pursue careers in biomedical research, especially in the field of toxicology. Successful applicants will be teamed with a mentor and visit the mentor work site, attend three conferences, engage in online learning modules, and interact with the other students and program leaders. There is travel support for participation in all program activities. Application deadline: May 1, 2021.

Eligibility

  • A STEM major
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • At least a second-year undergraduate student
  • Completion of at least one semester of general biology and general chemistry
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate institution and continuing enrollment for the 2021–2022 academic year
  • Member of a group under-served in the biomedical sciences (for example, underrepresented racial/ethnic groups; those from disadvantaged backgrounds such as low socioeconomic status, or grew up in a rural or inner-city setting; NIH notice).
  • US citizen or US permanent resident

Questions? Contact ToxMSDT@gmail.com

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