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The Neuroscience Program values intellectual excellence by recognizing students for superior academic performance, research accomplishments, and leadership through service through a variety of awards and prizes described below.
|Thomas Carr Senior Prize in Neuroscience|
This is an annual prize in honor of Thomas H. Carr, a 1970 graduate of Lake Forest College. Dr. Carr is a long-time Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University where he works in the Department of Psychology’s Program in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience. His research focuses on perceptual recognition, attention, and the executive control of complex skills and the cognitive and neural processes that comprise skilled performances. The Carr Prize in Neuroscience will be an annual award of $250. The recipient(s), chosen in consultation with the Chair of the Neuroscience program and the Dean of Faculty, will be a graduating neuroscience major or minor whose intellectual excellence and potential for professional contributions is reflected by outstanding academic performance combined with the pursuit of superior undergraduate scholarship in neuroscience. The prize will be awarded each May at the Senior Honors Convocation, which takes place the Friday before Commencement.
|Nu Rho Psi Senior Leadership and Service Award|
This is an annual prize awarded to one or more seniors for outstanding leadership through service to the neuroscience program community over the four years of college. Members of Nu Rho Psi nominate seniors (must be graduating with a major or minor) and the program faculty selects from these nominees. The recipient(s) do not need to members of Nu Rho Psi. The award is presented during the annual Nu Rho Psi induction ceremony held at the end of spring semester, each academic year.
|Honors in the Major|
Honors at graduation in the student’s major are based on a clear demonstration of superior mastery of the subject and on the ability to successfully complete a senior thesis. To receive honors in the major, a student must have attained a 3.5 GPA in all courses taken in the major at Lake Forest College, including the final semester. A minimum of six courses must have been taken in the major at the College. A student must be evaluated as having successfully completed a senior thesis. In exceptional circumstances when a senior thesis seems inappropriate, a well-documented senior research project or imaginative creative project brought to fruition in the senior year may be substituted for the senior thesis. The request for such a substitution must be initiated by the project director and requires the unanimous approval of the members of the department(s) involved. As with other theses, the final project will be reviewed by a thesis examining committee consisting of three faculty, at least one from outside the department. Please note that completing a senior seminar will not result in honors in the major.
|Distinction in Senior Thesis|
If a student’s senior thesis is judged by an examining committee to be an outstanding and original piece of research, Distinction in Senior Thesis is awarded at graduation regardless of whether the student is graduating with honors in his or her major field of study. In exceptional circumstances, a well-documented senior research project or imaginative creative project may substitute for the senior thesis provided members of the departments
|Nu Rho Psi (the national neuroscience academic honorary)|
To be invited to join the Lake Forest College chapter of this academic honorary, undergraduate students shall have completed at least nine college courses of the college curriculum (equivalent of three semesters, including transfer and AP credits), be registered for major or minor standing in neuroscience, have completed three courses towards the major/minor, have a minimum grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in neuroscience courses.
2023: Ondine Berg, Amanda Grassel
2022: Jessica Day, Sydni Foley, Andrew Forrest, Bilal Khan, Barry Khim, Josephine Klein, Yeshi Tshering, Jessica Teichman
2021: Carris Borland, Alexandra Dejneka, Blakely Drake, Leslie Gonzales, Kang Ryul Min, Matthew McMahon, Bari Mohammed, Grace Monshausen, Maddie Strejc, Estella Tcaturian, Yesinia Uribe, Zoe Walts
2020: Niam Abeysiriwardena, Omar Alrawashdeh, Ariane Balaram, Danielle Berninzoni, Alexsandra Biel, Sandra Campos, Nena Fasbender, Sam Gascoigne, Lauren Giurini, Aiden Houcek, Emma Kuhr, Brett Palmero
2019: Elizabeth Bacon, Ruqia Bibi, Cade Brittain, Sam Curry, Olivia Dellomodarme, Kendra Fobert, Philip Freund, Catherine Harding, Nicole Hedger, Abagayle King, Eliska Mrackova, Chisomo Mwale, Rebecca Shoup
2018: Sarah Applebey, Grant Brady, Trevor Buhr, Michael Janeçek, Schuyler Kogan, Emma Levine, Junya Li, Pegah Nabili, Luke Shylanski, Alexandra Skoczek, Parth Tank, Aasimah Tanveer, Rosemary Thomas
2017: Joseph Bortollotti, Logan Graham, Malia Hansen, Ana McCracken, Emily Ong, Peyton Schrag, Sierra Smith
2016: Saul Bello Rojas, Sarah Chiren, Rachel Granberg, Khadijah Hamid, Heather Heitkotter, Kayla Huber, Jyothis James, Cassandra McCray, Maribel Munoz, Ruby Ortiz, Alexandra Roman, Hannah Samberg
2015: Peter Nesper, Cecelia Reyes, Maegen Schultz, Maiwase Tembo, Natalie Zemela
2014: Amanda Allred, Katrina Campbell, Victoria Egedus, Rida Khan, Megan Joy Escanilla
2013: Natalie Kukulka
2012: Sydni Cole, Daniela Brutman, Madhavi Senagolage, Annielise Szutenbach