Nu Rho Psi

The purpose of Nu Rho Psi is to:NRP logo smaller

  • encourage professional interest and excellence in scholarship, particularly in neuroscience;
  • award recognition to students who have achieved such excellence in scholarship;
  • advance the discipline of neuroscience; encourage intellectual and social interaction between students, faculty, and professionals in neuroscience and related fields;
  • promote career development in neuroscience and related fields;
  • increase public awareness of neuroscience and its benefits for the individual and society; and
  • encourage service to the community.

What are the benefits of membership?

Nu Rho PsiThe 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. The society offers travel awards to undergraduate members who wish to attend the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) and Society for Neuroscience Annual Meetings. As the Society transitions to a regional structure over the next few years, there will be regional and national meetings where neuroscientists from around the country will gather to share scientific findings. News and information is 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.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates should have completed two Neuroscience courses, at least one of which is a core class in the NBB major and have a GPA of at least 3.5/4.0. In addition, membership is largely based on showing extracurricular interest in the fields of neuroscience and behavior and genuine interest in participating in the activities of Nu Rho Psi.

Executive Board: Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

President: Sonum Tharwani

Year: 2017-2018

Contact: sonum.tharwani@emory.edu

 My dad is a psychiatrist, so since 6th grade, my conversations at the dinner table have consisted of topics that range from the complexity of the neural network in the brain to the importance of brain health. It’s the sheer penetration of neuroscience into my everyday life that sparked my interest in the NBB major. Our brains are constantly changing and forming millions of new connections while getting rid of millions more, so who wouldn’t want to be immersed in one of the most exciting and rapidly advancing fields of science? My classes have taught me how to mix biological mechanisms with chemical reactions and even add a dash of physics to ultimately taste the multidisciplinary nature of this major. Additionally, this major encourages you to take electives from other departments, participate in research for credit, present scientific findings to build research translation skills, and attend graduate seminars/dissertations to emphasize the importance of out-of-classroom learning. Yet, the integration doesn’t stop there. The faculty in this department are enthusiastic about the material and come from various different backgrounds, thereby adding even more diversity to the NBB education at Emory. It’s incredible to be learning about your brain as you use it..

Vice-President: Chelsea Lee

Year: 2017-2018

Contact: chelsea.lee@emory.edu

Picking NBB as a major was a no-brainer for me (no pun intended)! I took an interest in the brain when I was a child, and it’s stuck with me throughout college. NBB has allowed me to explore the areas of neuroscience that spark my curiosity. NBB students can tailor their schedules to their own interests and explore so many different topics. I’ve taken classes ranging from psychology to English – all counting towards my major! This semester, I am taking a class where I go on rounds with a neurologist and go back to the classroom and present on patients. Where else can you get that amazing opportunity?! Nothing can beat the interdisciplinary nature of the NBB program. I’ve never taken an NBB class that I didn’t love!

Treasurer: Talin Handa

Year: 2017-2018

Contact: talin.handa@emory.edu

One of my favorite professors at Emory, Dr. Nemenman said, “Studying string theory cannot be more exciting than studying the brain that can study string theory.” Having taken courses in a variety of disciplines, such as physics, chemistry, and business, indeed nothing was more exciting than any neuroscience course I had taken. While many of my friends and classmates question why I do take courses in different subjects, I am always quick to point the connections to neuroscience. This cross-communication between different fields is a strong point of the NBB program. This nature of the major and fascination of the brain, along with innumerable research opportunities in various fields, attracted me to NBB.

Secretary: Sama Radwan

Year: 2017-2018

Contact: sama.radwan@emory.edu

“Why you choose NBB?”: I was drawn toward neuroscience following a quite memorable community service project several years ago. I met a young girl with schizophrenia and was immediately amazed by the complexities of the brain­–behavior interaction. The idea that our neural systems are affected by both genes and our environment, and continue to impact our personal experience of the world, has driven me toward the investigation of such topics through my studies. The NBB faculty have supported me in pursuing fellowship opportunities and exploring my interests, which lie at the intersection of research and medicine. They share a myriad of backgrounds and provide great resources for networking and learning beyond the classroom. Through the interdisciplinary nature of the NBB program, we all work together to understand disease and apply our knowledge to promote well-being.