Annual Awards

In 2021, SOFT implemented a new program to present annual awards for exemplary work in the field of forensic toxicology. Award recipients are determined through an open nomination process, and adjudicated by the SOFT Awards Committee. Awards are presented at the SOFT Annual Meeting. Membership in SOFT is required to both nominate a recipient and receive an annual award. Self nominations will not be accepted.

Nominations require:

  • The selection of a nomination category
  • Rationale for nomination, not to exceed 1,000 words

Optional information that may be included:

  • Up to two letters of support for the nomination, not to exceed 1,000 words each. Letters exceeding 1,000 words will not be considered.
  • A resume, CV or professional background information on the nominee

Any additional information will not be considered.

The nomination form for 2023 will be available on March 1, 2023.

Nominations are due by June 15, 2023, and recipients will be notified by August 1, 2023.

Descriptions of the the SOFT Annual Awards

SOFT Research in Forensic Toxicology Award

This annual award recognizes a member of SOFT who is conducting scientific research that has a significant impact on the knowledge and practice of forensic toxicology. The research should be contemporary and peer-reviewed while directed toward improving the scientific foundation of forensic toxicology.

SOFT Young Forensic Toxicologist Service Award

This annual award recognizes a young member of SOFT (≤ 40 years old) for exceptional service to the organization. The recipient of the award must demonstrate excellence in service and leadership.

SOFT Teaching and Mentoring Award

This annual award recognizes a member of SOFT who is actively teaching and/or mentoring students and other persons in the field of forensic toxicology. This recipient of the award can be an academic or a non-academic practitioner. The measure of mentorship must be articulated by a letter of reference provided by one or more of the individuals mentored.

SOFT Distinguished Service Award

This annual award recognizes a member of SOFT who has provided exemplary service to the Society of Forensic Toxicologists in a manner that was sustained in time and effort.

Previous Recipients

SOFT Young Forensic Toxicologist Service Award

2022 - No Nominations

2021 - Dani Mata

SOFT Research in Forensic Toxicology Award

2022 - Edward Jackson Cone

2021 - Alex Krotulski

SOFT Teaching and Mentoring Award

2022 - William Anderson

2021 - Michelle Peace

SOFT Distinguished Service Award

2022 - Bruce A. Goldberger

2021 - H. Chip Walls