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As forensic toxicology continues to evolve, it has become increasingly clear that the bench level scientist is the indispensable and under-appreciated tool of the forensic toxicology laboratory. It is at the bench where the advancement of this complex science occurs. Unfortunately, often due to budget constraints, it is the bench level scientist that gets left behind in the laboratory at SOFT meeting time.
To compliment the ERA that is designed for students, the Board of Directors has established the Young Scientist Meeting Award (YSMA) to encourage the involvement of the bench level scientist in SOFT. Approved in 2002, the first award was given at the SOFT annual meeting in 2003 in Portland, Oregon. The award is for any bench level scientist with 5 years or less experience that is working in the field of forensic toxicology (B.S., M.S., or Ph.D.). Currently, the award is $2,000 plus a complimentary basic SOFT meeting registration fee. These funds are to be used to offset travel expenses to the annual SOFT meeting. In addition to the experience requirement, the applicant must complete a research project that advances the field of forensic toxicology and report the findings at the annual SOFT meeting. The type of presentation (platform or oral) will be decided upon by the scientific program committee for the annual meeting at which the award is to be presented.
To encourage training and research in areas related to forensic toxicology, recognizing young bench scientists working in the field. The Young Scientist Meeting Award (YSMA) is for bench level scientists to undertake projects and get involved in the annual SOFT meetings. This award is to be used by the recipients to offset travel expenses incurred for the annual SOFT meeting.
The YSMA will recognize bench level scientists (B.S., M.S., or Ph.D.) with 5 years or less experience in the field of forensic toxicology. Applications will be competitive. Awardees may not reapply. Abstracts must be accepted by the scientific program committee for the current years SOFT meeting.
Note 1: In addition to the monetary award, a certificate of recognition will also be presented to the awardee at the SOFT Business Meeting which is held at the annual SOFT meeting.
Note 2: Awards are to be made at the discretion of the ERA Committee based upon excellence, relevance to forensic toxicology or other criteria established by SOFT and the ERA Committee. It is not required award(s) be made each year.
Notification of Award to Applicant: No later than June 1 of year of award.
Applications should be emailed to Erin Spargo, Ph.D.
|2016||Erin Strickland||Ameritox, Greensboro, NC|
|2015||Erin Ehrlinger||Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Baltimore, MD|
|2014||Fenyun Liu||Center for Human Toxicology, Salt Lake City, UT|
|2012||Dani Mata||Orange County Crime Laboratory, Santa Ana, CA|
|2011||Kristopher Graf||National Medical Services, Willow Grove, PA|
|2010||Brianna Peterson||Washington State Crime Lab, Seattle, WA|
|2009||Oscar Pleitez||Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, Los Angeles, CA|
|Mary Jeanette Aiken||Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA|
|Nichole Bynum||RTI International, NC|
|2008||Robert Hargrove||Office of the Medical Examiner, Chapel Hill, NC|
|2007||Sara Kegler||Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, Los Angeles, CA|
|Henry Swofford||Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Decatur, GA|
|Tor Selden||National Board of Forensic Medicine, Linkoping, Sweden|
|Brienne Brown||Center for Human Toxicology, Salt Lake City, UT|
|2006||Matthew P. Juhascik||UMass Memorial, Forensic Toxicology Laboratory, Worcester|
|Eucen L. Fu||Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, Los Angeles, CA|
|Travis E. Curtis||Ameritox Laboratory, Midland, TX|
|2004||Yan Chang||University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT|
|Michelle Sandberg||Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, Los Angeles, CA|
|Kelly McGrath||Cuyahoga County Coroners Office, Cleveland, OH|
|Shawn Vorce||Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner, AFIP, Rockville, MD|
|2003||Justin Poklis||Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, NC|