William D. Atchison, PhD, from Michigan State University has been honored by the Society of Toxicology (SOT) with the 2014 SOT Undergraduate Educator Award. Dr. Atchison was formally presented with this award on March 23, 2014 at SOT’s 53rd Annual Meeting and ToxExpo held in Phoenix, AZ.
Dr. Atchison, an associate dean for research and graduate studies at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has made significant contributions to student success with a special emphasis on undergraduate research education for under-represented minority students.
In collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico, in 2005 Dr. Atchison established an NIH and NINDS-funded R25-Diversity Education Grant that has provided 40 Latino students an opportunity to study toxicology. Nineteen of these students have pursued doctoral degrees in biomedical sciences with six in areas directly related to Toxicology. He was also recently awarded a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates grant to facilitate research experiences for undergraduate students.
Dr. Atchison has also published 95 articles in peer-reviewed literature and 14 book chapters. He has been an ASPET member since 1995.