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Graduates Honored at Annual Reception

  • Director Josh Burk
    Director Josh Burk
  • Neuroscience Faculty
    Neuroscience Faculty
  • Asso. Director of Neuroscence Robin Looft-Wilson
    Asso. Director of Neuroscence Robin Looft-Wilson
  • Wendy Herbst and Professor Saha of Biology
    Wendy Herbst and Professor Saha of Biology
    R. Looft-Wilson
  • Wendy Herbst  receives the 2014 Excellence in Neuroscience Award
    Wendy Herbst receives the 2014 Excellence in Neuroscience Award

The Neuroscience Program held the annual reception for its graduates on Saturday, May 10, 2014. The ceremony honored the 84 graduates and their guests, and was attended by Neuroscience faculty members, Provost Michael Halleran and Dean Joel Schwartz. Each graduate was recognized and received a neuron pin according to the Program's tradition.
 The Program’s Director, Professor Josh Burk, announced that over 50% of Neuroscience majors will Medical School in fall or planned to attend Medical School in the near future.  Our majors will be attending Medical programs such as the University of California at San Francisco,  Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Eastern Virginia Medical School. An additional 20% of majors plan to attend Ph.D. programs, including at UCLA and the Sackler Institute of Biomedical Sciences at NYU.  Finally, many of our majors plan to pursue other programs and degrees, including Dental School, Veterinary School, Public Health and Nursing.  Clearly, the class of 2014 has much to be proud of.
 The Excellence in Neuroscience Award was also presented at the reception to Wendy Herbst, whose research advisor is Professor Margaret Saha in the Department of Biology. This award recognizes the achievements of an exceptional student engaged in Neuroscience education through research, mentoring, or other activities, while mainitning an excellent academic record.  The recipient must also exhibit enthusiasm, dedication, independence, and leadership indicative of a ambassador for both scholarship and the field of Neuroscience. The ceremony concluded with Professor Burk conveying congratulations and asking the graduates to keep in touch with the Neuroscience faculty.