Class Day 2011
Congratulations Class of 2011!
On May 30th the Neuroscience Institute celebrated the accomplishments of the graduating seniors in the Neuroscience Certificate Program. This year we had 38 students from various majors receiving the certificate.
Several awards were given at the Class Day Ceremony.
Outstanding Academic Achievement
Ethan Ludmir, a Molecular Biology major, received the prize for highest Neuroscience GPA award in the 2011 Princeton Neuroscience certificate graduating class. Ethan will attend Duke University School of Medicine in the fall.
Graduate Teaching Award
Alex Kloth, a third year joint graduate student in Molecular Biology and Neuroscience, received the 2011 Neuroscience graduate teaching prize for his outstanding contributions to the development and implementation of the first undergraduate introductory course in Neuroscience for non-majors. Working with Professor Sam Wang, Alex helped to develop a series of Neuroscience laboratories that spanned multiple levels of analysis.
The John Brinster, Class of 1943, Neuroscience senior thesis prize
Yang Cai received the 2011 John Brinster, Class of 1943, Neuroscience senior thesis prize for her thesis entitled “The Neural Dynamics of Updating Impressions ”. Yang, a Psychology major, did her senior thesis work in the laboratory of Professor Alex Todorov. Yang will begin a position with Blooomberg L.P. in Hong Kong in the fall.
Christina Kim received the 2011 John Brinster, Class of 1943, Neuroscience senior thesis prize for her thesis entitled “ Optical Measurement and Perturbation of Neuronal Activity in the Zebrafish Oculomotor Integrator ”. Christina, a Molecular Biology major, did her senior thesis work in the laboratory of Professor David Tank. Christina will attend the Stanford University Neuroscience PhD program in the fall.
Undergraduate Research Awards
Four Neuroscience certificate students were chosen as recipients of undergraduate research awards. These awards will help support the students in their senior Neuroscience independent work.
Daniel Barson is a recipient of the Nancy J. Newman, MD ’78 & Valerie Biousse, MD Senior Thesis Research Fund for Neuroscience research award. Daniel will study in vivo, Virus-based techniques for reconstructing monosynaptic connections in the awake mammalian brain, in the lab of Prof. David Tank in the Molecular Biology Department.
Jack Melson is a recipient of the James M. Shapiro ’80 Fund for Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience research award. Jack will investigate the role of an immune molecule, MHC, on synaptic plasticity in the lab of Prof. Lisa Boulanger in the Molecular Biology Department.
Greg Kirschen is a recipient of the Sanda & Jeremiah Lambert ’55 Fund for Undergraduate Neuroscience, in Honor of Clare Lambert ’08 and Hilary Lambert ‘10 research award. Greg will study the effects of obesity and stress hormone dysregulation on hippocampal-prefrontal circuitry in the lab of Prof. Elizabeth Gould in the Psychology Department.
Abigail Greene is a recipient of the James M. Shapiro ’80 Fund for Undergraduate Research in Neuroscience research award. Abigail will examine patterns of neural activity during simple cognitive tasks in order to develop a more robust spatial localization of the component processes of cognitive control in the lab of Prof. Jonathan Cohen in the Psychology Department.