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The Chesapeake and Potomac Regional Chapter (CPRC) of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) is a regional chapter of SETAC-North America (NA). CPRC SETAC started in the year 1983. Like the national organization, CPRC SETAC is comprised of a mixture of members working in government, industry, private sector (e.g., consulting) and academic jobs.

CPRC SETAC’s Mission:

Serving the Chesapeake-Potomac Region (Maryland, DC, Virginia, and West Virginia), our chapter provides a professional forum for individuals from private industry, academia, and government agencies who are engaged in the study and analysis and solutions for environmental problems, management and regulation of natural resources, and/or research and development.  We facilitate networking and educational opportunities for scientific professionals, mentoring and career guidance for students, and environmental education and outreach for the public.

CPRC SETAC Bylaws

CPRC SETAC promotes student activities and will continue to serve student members by providing opportunities to find jobs, graduate schools, internships, and volunteer opportunities.  CPRC SETAC provides students a forum to present research papers and posters.  Successful students receive research awards and support for travel to national meetings.

CPRC SETAC’s expansion depends on corporate sponsorship. Following the lead of other regional chapters, CPRC SETAC reached out to organizations in our area for support of our activities and to provide funds for student involvement, web site expansion, and meeting subsidies. We hope for continued corporate grants and sponsorship in the future, which will allow CPRC SETAC to better serve the needs of the professionals and students in our region.

What We Do

  • Plan and manage two annual meetings:
    • Annual Spring Meeting; “Mini-SETAC” format (platform and poster presentations, invited and submitted speakers)
    • Autumn/Winter Dinner meeting; dinner-style; more informal; usually one invited speaker
  • Publish two newsletters per year
  • Sponsor:
    • Student travel awards to help subsidize costs of presenting at the annual SETAC-NA meeting; amount depends on location of meeting and number of applicants
    • Student presentation awards at annual CPRC SETAC spring meeting to support research
  • Work with corporate sponsors to support CPRC SETAC membership and student activities
  • Benefits of membership include:
    • Networking with fellow scientists and regulators in region
    • Opportunities for involvement in mentoring of young scientists or other CPRC SETAC sponsored outreach activities
    • Eligibility to present research at annual meetings
    • Eligibility to win student travel or research awards
    • Eligibility to vote in elections to influence the direction of CPRC SETAC

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