Awards

2020 Undergraduate Awards

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be holding an awards ceremony this year.  Instead, students are asked to submit 5 minute videos detailing their work (or, for the Featherstone award, a 2-3 minute fun, quirky video).  Video submissions will be evaluated by committee, and awardees will be recognized online.

2019 Neuroscience Awards Day

Horne receiving Featherstone Award from Dr. Richmond

The Hodgkin/Huxley Award
Given to an outstanding graduating neuroscience major with a GPA above 3.7 and who performed an exceptional research project. The awardee is selected by an undergraduate program committee and will receive a $500 honorarium on Awards Day.
Honoree: Gauri Kulkarni
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Liudmila Romanova and Dr. Christopher Janson
Title of Research: Contribution of Active Transport to Amyloid Clearance by Meningeal Lymphatic Cells in Alzheimer’s Disease

The Ellen R. Grass Award
Given to a student who has completed an exceptional research project with a focus on cellular/molecular neuroscience and who has a GPA of 3.2 or higher. The awardee is selected by an undergraduate program committee and will receive a $250 honorarium
on Awards Day.
Honoree: Thomas McNally
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mary Jo LaDu
Title of Research: ABCA1 Activation in the CNS as a Therapeutic Target for Alzheimer’s Disease-like Pathology in AD Transgenic Mice

The Patricia Goldman-Rakic Award
Given to a student who has completed an exceptional research project with a focus on systems and behavioral neuroscience and who has a GPA of 3.2 or higher. The awardee is selected by an undergraduate program committee and will receive a $250 honorarium on Awards Day.
Honoree: Maryam Sabir
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Aixa Alfonso
Title of Research: C. elegans Adult Males Lacking hlh-3 Function Show Altered daf-7 Expression in the ASJ Neurons

The David E. Featherstone Award
Given to a student who crafts a 2-3 minute video reflecting on his/her time as a neuroscience major at UIC. This award honors the memory of Dr. David Featherstone, an out-of-the-box, highly creative and fun faculty member. The video needed to be creative, quirky and spirited! The student who makes the video judged to be the best will receive a
$250 honorarium on Awards Day.
Honoree: Mary Grace Horne

The David E. Featherstone Memorial Scholarship
Given to a student who is declared a neuroscience major with at least one year remaining in their studies at UIC and who plans to complete a novel, “out-of-the box” research project under the guidance of a UIC Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience faculty member. Two awardees will receive a $500 dollar scholarship.
Honoree: Muskaan Chhibber Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ankit Mehta 
Title of Research: Synthesis of Drug Bound to Magnetic Nanoparticles and Comparing Their Cytotoxicity for the Treatment of Cancer Metastasis to Spinal Column
Honoree: Anastasiya Loos Faculty Advisor: Thomas Park
Title of Research: The Effect of Cannabis Use on Learning and Memory in Mature Naked Mole

Winning video by Mary Grace Horne for the Featherstone Award!

Given to a student who crafts a 2-3 minute video reflecting on his/her time as a neuroscience major at UIC. This award honors the memory of Dr. David Featherstone, an out-of-the-box, highly creative and fun faculty member. The video needed to be creative, quirky and spirited! The student who makes the video judged to be the best will receive a $250 honorarium on Awards Day.