Annual Neuroscience Awards and Honor Society



Every year in April, the Neuroscience faculty name 4 awards with prize money: 2 in research and 2 in academics.


Awards for Juniors within the Major:

The Karen Thompson Grasshopper Award in Research Excellence recognizes excellence in research among Neuroscience majors early in their academic career. This award is named after a retired and beloved Agnes Scott Neuroscience professor, Karen Thompson, who studied the nervous system of grasshoppers. She believed that students should have the opportunity to enjoy research early in their academic careers.


Previous Recipients:

Hanna Rudolph, 2017

Dennisha King, 2018

Lauren Neal, 2019

Camryn Smith, 2020


The Long-Term Potentiation (LTP) Award recognizes the Junior in the major with the highest GPA in the Major. 

Previous Recipients:

Gabby Moore, 2017

Susan Cordero Romero, 2018

Hannah Martin, 2019

Cindy Aguilera-Navarro, 2020



Awards for the Seniors within the Major:

The Synapse Award in Research Excellence recognizes a Senior within the major who has completed productive research and made important connections between their academic work and their research.

Previous Recipients:

Sarah Fisher, 2017

Crystal burgess, 2018

Anling Kaplan, 2019

Lauren Neal, 2020


The Hippocampus Award recognizes the Senior within the Neuroscience major with the highest GPA in the major.

Previous Recipients:

Devin Synan, 2017

Gabby Moore, 2018

Morgan Pearson, 2019 

Hannah Martin, 2020




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What is Nu Rho Psi?

Nu Rho Psi is the National Honor Society in Neuroscience, founded in 2006 by the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience. The purpose of Nu Rho Psi is to: (1) encourage professional interest and excellence in scholarship, particularly in neuroscience;  (2) award recognition to students who have achieved such excellence in scholarship; (3) advance the discipline of neuroscience; (4) encourage intellectual and social interaction between students, faculty, and professionals in neuroscience and related fields; (5) promote career development in neuroscience and related fields; (6) increase public awareness of neuroscience and its benefits for the individual and society; and (7) encourage service to the community.


Nu Rho Psi at Agnes Scott College

Our Nu Rho Psi members meet each month to plan the details of our Annual Neuroscience Research Symposium in April, Scotties with Nerves.


Students who have earned the NRP membership and will be invited to join (email to follow): Asiya Abawari, Kennedy Coates, Inaara Dharani, Diana Ghebrezadik, Monique Gilmore, and Julia King! Congrats on earning this membership!


For 2020-2021

President: Camryn Smith

VP - Cindy Aguilera-Navarro

Secretary - Asiya Abawari


Who may join?

Membership is by invitation and is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of Neuroscience one of their major interests and who meet the other academic qualifications. Nu Rho Psi is also open to qualifying Neuroscience faculty and alumni of Neuroscience programs.  Requirements for membership include:

  • Major or minor in Neuroscience
  • Completion of at least 3 semesters of the College course
  • Completion of at least 9 semester hours of Neuroscience-related courses
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2 and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in Neuroscience courses

Students and faculty are elected to membership by the chapter at participating institutions, according to the provisions in the national Nu Rho Psi Constitution.  Any chapter, at its discretion, may establish higher academic standards for eligibility, but may not require lower standards for eligibility.  Membership in Nu Rho Psi is open to qualified candidates regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, race handicap or disability, color, religion, or national or ethnic origin.

What are the benefits of membership?

The first and foremost benefit of Nu Rho Psi membership is the honor and recognition of academic excellence. Almost all graduate schools and employers ask for a list of honors. Membership in Nu Rho Psi is a way of building these credentials. Members receive membership certificates and lapel pins as an indication of the honor. Beyond this, Nu Rho Psi membership is a springboard for the networking of like-minded colleagues interested in the study of the brain. There are regional and national Nu Rho Psi meetings where neuroscientists from around the country gather to share scientific findings. The Society offers competitive travel awards for students to attend and present their research at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting. News and additional information about benefits will be available to members via the Nu Rho Psi online newsletter.

What is the cost?

Membership in Nu Rho Psi is for life and the induction fee ($40.00 for students; $50.00 for faculty) is the only payment to the National organization. There are annual dues of $30 per year due to the Agnes Scott chapter of Nu Rho Psi.


Faculty Advisor, Jennifer Larimore