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Undergraduate Diversity Program

2019 Undergraduate Diversity Program Schedule

Saturday, March 9

Hyatt Regency Baltimore

5:00 PM–5:15 PM Registration for Students with Committee on Diversity Initiatives Travel Awards Constellation Foyer
5:15 PM–7:30 PM Opening Event
What Is Toxicology and Why Should I Care?—Marquea D. King, USDA
Constellation A
7:30 PM–9:00 PM Committee on Diversity Initiatives Reunion
2019 Perry J. Gehring Diversity Student Travel Award Recognition

Writing Our Six-Word Memoir—Sharon Milgram, NIH OITE Director
Constellation A

Sunday, March 10

Hyatt Regency Baltimore

8:00 AM–12:00 Noon Toxicology Presentations Constellation A
8:05 AM–8:10 AM Welcome—Leigh Ann Burns Naas, SOT President, Gilead Sciences Inc.
8:10 AM–9:00 AM How Do Inhaled Pollutants Exert Toxicity Outside the Lung?—Timothy R. Nurkiewicz, West Virginia University School of Medicine
9:00 AM–9:50 AM Preventing Drug Side Effects While Treating Cancer: Clues from a Patient’s DNA and Urine—Lauren M. Aleksunes, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
10:00 AM–11:10 AM Case Study: Going for Your First Drive in Toxicology—Using the US EPA CompTox Chemicals Dashboard—Maureen R. Gwinn and Antony J. Williams, US EPA
11:10 AM–12:00 Noon Investigative Toxicology: An Exciting Journey in Exploratory Science—Myrtle A. Davis, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
12:00 Noon–12:40 PM Lunch and Networking Constellation A
12:45 PM–1:55 PM Breakout Sessions for Students
Graduate School: How to Get In and What to Expect? Graduate Student and Academic Advisor Perspectives
Baltimore, Annapolis, Frederick, Columbia
12:45 PM–1:55 PM Breakout Session for Advisors
Tips for Advising Prospective Graduate Students or How to Get Your Students Accepted to Graduate School
2:05 PM–3:00 PM Career Roundtables: Opportunities in Toxicology Baltimore, Annapolis, Frederick, Columbia
3:00 PM–5:00 PM Open Time with Academic Toxicology Program Directors and Internship Sponsors Constellation F
5:15 PM–6:30 PM SOT Awards Ceremony CC Ballroom III
6:30 PM–7:30 PM Welcome Reception CC Hall A
7:30 PM–9:00 PM Student/Postdoctoral Scholar Mixer Hilton Baltimore Holiday 4

Monday, March 11

Convention Center

8:00 AM–9:00 AM Plenary Lecture: Robust Assembly of Human Tissues for Disease Modeling and Discovery
William L. Murphy, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
CC Hall A
9:30 AM–11:50 AM Mentors and Groups Attend Annual Meeting Sessions and Posters CC
12:00 AM–1:30 PM In Vitro Lecture and Luncheon: Patient-Based Cellular Model Systems to Assess Individual Risk to Neurotoxicants
Aaron B. Bowman, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Hilton Baltimore
Holiday Ballroom 4
1:30 PM–3:15 PM Toxicology Topic Groups Attend Afternoon Annual Meeting Sessions CC Session Rooms, Exhibit Hall
3:30 PM–4:25 PM Science of Leadership, Growth & Development
Postdoc to Provost: Managing Phase Transitions—Martin A. Philbert, University of Michigan
CC Room 324
3:30 PM–4:25 PM Host Mentor and Peer Mentor Meeting CC Room 347
4:30 PM–5:50 PM Education Career Development Session: Models and Strategies for Building Diversity and Inclusion in Toxicology CC Room 316
6:00 PM–6:30 PM Closing Celebration CC Room 324


Undergraduate Program participants have access to the web resources available from the year they participated. Materials include meeting schedules, participant rosters, speaker slides, Annual Meeting activities, SOT resources for undergraduates, and more. Participants are encouraged to use these materials as references when considering graduate school and careers in toxicology.