Awards

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2020 Undergraduate Awards

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to hold an in-person awards ceremony this year.  Instead, students were asked to submit 5 minute videos detailing their work (or, for the Featherstone award, a 2-3 minute fun, quirky video).  Video submissions were evaluated by committee, and awardees were recognized online.

 

The complete list of 2020 honors and awards can be found here.

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.
2020 Honoree: Akram Alnounou
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Pingwen Xu at Division of Endocrinology – Department of Medicine
Title of Research: Activation of estrogen receptor α neurons in the preoptic anterior hypothalamus decreases food intakeand thermogenesis

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.
2019 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.
2019 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.
2019 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.
2019 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
2019 Honoree: Anastasiya Loos Faculty Advisor: Thomas Park
Title of Research: The Effect of Cannabis Use on Learning and Memory in Mature Naked Mole

2020 Winning video by Vishnupriya Jadeja 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.

2019 Winning video by Mary Grace Horne for the Featherstone Award!

2018 Winning video by Abedel Hamdan for the Featherstone Award!