The Society for Neuroscience named the Vanderbilt University Neuroscience Graduate Program the 2012 Program of the Year on Sunday, October 14 at the SfN Annual Meeting in New Orleans. According to the SfN website, “The Neuroscience Program-of-the-Year Award recognizes the accomplishments of a neuroscience department or program for excellence in educating neuroscientists and providing innovative models to which other programs can aspire. Award recipients excel in teaching and positively influencing the lives and careers of their students.” Award recipients receive $1,000 and a plaque, presented at the Neuroscience Department and Programs Reception held during the SfN annual meeting. Profiles of winning programs will be featured on the SfN website and “disseminated to the global neuroscience community as a means of sharing successful practices in neuroscience education and training.”
Director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute Dr. Mark Wallace and Associate Directors Dr. Ron Emeson and Dr. Douglas McMahon announced the award to the Vanderbilt community on Sunday evening, saying, “This award is a tribute to the outstanding efforts and achievements of our students and faculty, and we believe is richly deserved.”
The VUMC Reporter posted a great article by Bill Snyder about the honor, which can be found here. Andrew Hardaway, MTNCSfN Past-Trainee Representative, was mentioned in the article for efforts to develop content for the Brain Matters exhibit at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks to help bring neuroscience information to the community. MTNCSfN is proud to be part of the outreach activities, including Brain Blast, which were honored by the Society as part of the graduate program’s contribution to neuroscience education in the institution and community through impact on and involvement of students in innovative ways.
Congratulations to the Vanderbilt Brain Institute and the Neuroscience Graduate Program!