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Minority male studentThe SETAC North America Board of Directors established a program to support travel of students to SETAC Annual Meetings in North America in 1991. The purpose of the program is to encourage participation of students who are SETAC members in each annual meeting. It is anticipated that approximately ten (10) awards will be made directly to students for the SETAC North America annual meeting.


Applicant must be a current SETAC member in good standing. Monetary support equal to the Travel Award must be provided by the student, the student’s institution, advisor, or come from other sources. Students can win one award as a MS and one as a Ph.D. student, but cannot win a minority student/mentor award plus MS and Ph.D. awards. A maximum of two awards will be given to any one person. Awards made to Undergraduate students, will not count toward the two awards. Applicants for Student Travel Awards must be planning to make a platform or poster presentation at the SETAC North America Annual Meeting and must have submitted an abstract.

Application Instructions

Each student’s intent of applying for a Student Travel Award must be done as part of the abstract submission process. Failure to meet the deadline or to follow instructions invalidates the application. Student Travel Award Application deadline is 3 June 2020.

The following materials comprise a complete application package.

  • Active student membership with SETAC;
  • A completed application form;
  • One high resolution photo;
  • CV or Resume (2000 character maximum);
  • A statement of research goals and accomplishments by the applicant (250 word maximum);
  • A supporting statement by the applicant’s research advisor (one-side, single-page maximum), inclusive of evidence of the required monetary match.  Please note that the advisor will receive a separate email requesting for the supporting statement. The deadline for the letter of support is 6 June 2020.

Selection Process

Members of the SETAC North America Awards & Fellowships Subcommittee for Travel and Minority Awards evaluate and rank all applications. The number of awards will be limited by available funds, and applicants will be ranked on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Completeness and timeliness of the application package
  • Quality of the abstract
  • Organization and presentation of applicant’s statement of goals and accomplishments.
  • Availability to volunteer at the Annual Meeting

If the number of highly meritorious applicants exceeds the available funds, selections will be made with the objective of maintaining equal discipline and geographic-based distribution.

NOTE: All monetary stipends will be awarded at the annual meeting.

For further information, contact Laura Swanson.