Are you interested in becoming a mentor?
We are now recruiting toxicologists from around the United States to serve as mentors for the 2022/23 program season starting September 2022 through June 2023.
Eligibility requirements: Mentor’s place of work must be located within the United States. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are not eligible to apply. Due to institutional requirements we encourage applications from fully vaccinated COVID-19 individuals only.
Role of a Mentor: Each mentor will commit meeting virtually once every month with the mentee, hosting the mentee at their worksite for the “2 days in the life of a toxicologist” job shadowing visit, and participating in three conferences. These include the inaugural workshop at the University of California Davis, Davis; the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Annual Meeting, and the capstone workshop at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL. In addition, mentors are expected to participate in program evaluation surveys to assess program activities. Throughout the year we also use the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) platform to enhance further communication between all members of our community.
Benefits to Mentors:
Benefits to Mentors:
- Career advancement through leadership skill development
- Supporting career development of the future generation of toxicologists
- Networking with other mentors and professionals in toxicology
- Increased visibility and recognition within the mentor’s place of work
- Giving back to the next generation of toxicologists
- Support NIH to diversify the biomedical workforce
- Travel support to the annual Society of Toxicology conference
Meet the 2022-2023 Mentors
For the 2022/23 cohort twenty-five mentors from industry, academia, government, or nonprofit entities from across the country were matched 1:1 with undergraduate student participants. A mentor training is provided at the University of California Davis’ kick-off workshop to prepare mentors to subsequently offer career guidance during monthly meetings with their mentee. Mentors provide insight into their own career paths in toxicology and on the skills, they currently use at their places of work during the mentee’s job shadowing work site visit. In addition, mentors attend the annual Society of Toxicology conference. To conclude the year-long program, mentors join the capstone event at Tuskegee University for the mentee’s final poster presentations.
Dr. Tamara House-Knight, PhD, DABT, Toxicologist/Risk Assessor, GHD, Inc.
Dr. Monica Langley, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Research Associate, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic
Dr. Vivek Lawana, Senior Study Director
Ms. Kristin Licko, Associate Director of Product Certification-Toxicology;
Instructor, Water Quality Association (WQA), Product Certification; MSU, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Dr. Karen Riveles, Staff Toxicologist & Emergency Response Coordinator
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California Environmental Protection Agency and University of California Davis
Dr. Cindy Roegge, Senior Principal Scientist, Medtronic Neuromodulation
Dr. Nicole Soucy, Director, Toxicology and Biocompatibility, Boston Scientific-Global PreClinical Sciences