Midwest SETAC has established a program to support student travel to our annual meeting. The purpose is to encourage student participation and help defray the cost of attending the annual meeting, and all students, including local Twin Cities-area students, are encouraged to apply. 
A limited number of travel awards (up to approximately $250) will be made for this meeting.  In addition, up to approximately $50 may be available to students from the local area.   
Awards will be announced in early March 2018 and will be awarded directly to the students following submission of travel receipts.

    Requirements and Limitations

  • Each applicant must be a member of the Midwest Chapter. Visit our Membership page to join or renew your membership. Student membership dues can also be found on the Membership page.    

     Meet One of the Following Criteria

  • Submit an abstract for a platform or poster presentation at the annual Midwest Chapter meeting,
  • Officially be serving as the student representative on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Chapter, or 
  • Officially representing a student affiliate chapter at the Business Meeting with no more than one student per student affiliate chapter. 

     To Apply -  Interested student applicants should submit the following package of information by the deadline to the point of contact on the application form. 

  • A completed Student Award Application 
  • A copy of the applicant’s abstract submitted for the current Midwest Chapter meeting.  
  • A one-page statement of the student’s research goals and accomplishments. 


The Midwest Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry is proud to hold a competition each year for the Best Student Platform and Poster Presentation at its annual Chapter meeting.  Midwest SETAC has two generous donors that support the annual best paper and best poster presentations. The 3M Company and S.C. Johnson & Son have graciously provided cash awards of $1,000 for each category.  The best student papers are determined by a panel of environmental scientists and are announced at the end of the Annual Meeting. Awards are made during the Business Meeting at the end of the annual meeting. The awards are to be used to defray costs to attend and present research results at the annual fall North America (NA) SETAC meeting.  Awards may be used to attend other national meetings when joint chapter meetings are held. SC Johnson and 3M have provided funding for these awards, and the awards are given by each company on alternating years for the best paper/best poster.  In the event that the first place winner cannot attend the meeting, the runner-up is given the option to attend the meeting to present either a platform talk or a poster. 
Students apply for the competition when submitting their abstracts.

Eligibility requirements

  • Must be a current student or recent graduate (within the last six months).
  • Must be a member (student or regular) of the Midwest Chapter of SETAC.
  • The paper must be on work done as a student.
  • The topic must be on some aspect of environmental toxicology, environmental chemistry, or ecological hazard/risk assessment.

  • Limitations -Only one award will be allowed during each specific degree program with a maximum of three awards per student (e.g., one during the Baccalaureate, one during the Masters and one during the Ph.D.).  The research for which the award is made must be different, i.e. cannot compete as a Ph.D. student and be presenting on Master’s program research).

To Apply -  Interested student applicants will opt-in with the online abstract submission (weblink will be posted when available)