SETAC/P&G Fellowship Award: Celebrating Milestones and Helping Students
Ping Sun, The Procter & Gamble Company
The SETAC/Procter & Gamble Fellowship for Doctoral Research in Environmental Science, sponsored by P&G, provides US$15,000 to a deserving student for 1-year in the conduct of their Ph.D. studies. This program was established in 1980, and the first award was given in 1983. Initially, this award was a North American award. With the expansion of SETAC to other regions, the SETAC/P&G Fellowship became global beginning in the year 2000, with recipients rotating among Europe/Africa, Asia-Pacific/Latin America and North America. This is the longest award program in SETAC, spanning more than 30 years and funding students from 11 countries. To date, the sponsorship has reached in excess of half million dollars dedicated to funding students.
This program has consistently helped young environmental scientists persue their interests in environmental science research and supported their early career development. Many previous fellowship recipients are still quite active in conducting high-quality research and serving the SETAC community. For example, William H. (Bill) Benson, the 1st SETAC/P&G Fellowship recipient back in 1983, is currently Acting Director for the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development, is a member of the SETAC Senior Resource Group and provides mentorship to young SETAC members as needed. He was also the SETAC president from 1995 to 1996.
Another example is Nynke Kramer, who was the 2007 fellowship recipient and currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences of the Utrecht University in the Netherlands. With the support of the SETAC/P&G Fellowship, she was able to conduct part of her research at the Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology, Eawag, in Dübendorf, Switzerland, which was a great opportunity for scientific research collaboration. In addition, she had a chance to observe research conducted by industry while visiting the P&G Brussels Innovation Center, where she discussed research opportunities with her P&G mentor. After graduation, Kramer explored more direct application of her research work to daily life, resulting in her current research area – developing techniques and models to improve the extrapolation of effect concentrations obtained from in vitro cell assays to toxic doses relevant to humans and animals.
P&G’s long-standing support is widely recognized by SETAC students and non-students as indicative of our commitment to developing relevant science for managing risks of chemicals in the environment. We are proud to continue the sponsorship and encourage current and future Ph.D. students to apply for this prestigious award. The Fellowship for 2017 will target students in Asia/Pacific and Latin America. Proposals for 2016 must be submitted by 8 September 2016.
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