Toxicology Mentoring and Skills Development Training Program APPLICATION (deadline extended to May 31, 2017)
Toxicology has always been an interdisciplinary science, as it is positioned between biology and chemistry and between medical toxicology and ecotoxicology. Even the chemicals of interest themselves cut across disciplines as some are historically well understood contaminants, while others are poorly understood "emerging" contaminants. As the scientific frontiers move forward, new areas of research come into play. For example, the burgeoning specter of global climate change is revolutionizing how we look at the impact of chemical contamination both in its effects and in the possibilities of remediation. With the help of a variety of cross disciplinary collaborations we continue to explore relationships between the chemical environment and impacts to environmental and human health. It is truly an exciting time to be working in the field of Toxicology!
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What Do Toxicologists Do?
There is a critical lack of underrepresented minorities in the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical workforce. Iowa State University and Tuskegee University have conceived a unique Toxicology Mentoring and Skills development Training program targeting undergraduate underrepresented minorities in order to increase the pool of minorities entering graduate school pipeline and ultimately the toxicology workforce. Toxicology, a multidisciplinary field, has a critical need to increase the number of minorities in its workforce. African-Americans and socially disadvantaged groups experience higher exposure to environmental toxicants and, because of genetic differences, response to toxicants is sometimes different. The nation will benefit most from a diverse toxicology work force in solving these health-related issues. This training program will contribute towards reaching that goal.
Expectations of Mentees
All activities take place Fall 2017 & Spring 2018. Travel funds will be available to support successful applicants.
- Each student mentee is assigned his/her individual mentor (academic or corporate toxicology expert anywhere in the country).
- Student will travel to mentor's work site. Mentor provides 2-3 days experience in lab or workplace with specific hands-on training.
- Student will travel to the following meetings:
- Iowa State University, Ames, IA kick-off meeting: October 5-8, 2017
- Society of Toxicology conference, San Antonio, TX: March 10-13, 2018
- Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL capstone meeting: March 29-31, 2018
- Student will complete 5-7 online teaching modules