Nu Rho Psi
The purpose of Nu Rho Psi is to:
- 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?
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. 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.
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 2016 - Spring 2017
President: Shauna Bowes
“Why you choose NBB?”: Starting as a freshman, I was attracted to the interdisciplinary approach that the NBB department takes to teaching about the brain in behavior. I love being able to take classes in everything from anthropology to biology, and still have it count towards my major. The faculty in the NBB department come from so many different research backgrounds, and they offer great insight and support. I also appreciate all of the research opportunities available to students, and I have learned a tremendous amount from my experience at Yerkes.
Vice-President: Stellina Lee
“Why you choose NBB?”: I found my interest in biology and psychology during senior year of highschool, hoping to pursue some sort of combination for my college major. I enjoy the interdisciplinary courses that the NBB program offers, which extensively overlaps with psychology, anthropology, and many more. As a dance minor, I find that my major and minor complements one another through the bidirectional communication of the mind and the body. In addition to excellent course offerings, the NBB program also offers many opportunities including research, networking, and clinical experiences.
Treasurer: Nandini Doshi
“Why you choose NBB?”: Starting in high school I found the brain to be so incredible. It is involved in every thought we have and every action we execute, yet there is still a lot we don't know about our own brains. This fascination, combined with a desire to discover new things about the brain, drew me to NBB.
Communications: Chi Le
“Why you choose NBB?”: I am passionate about learning how the human mind works and about the biological processes behind our behavior. I love the NBB program at Emory because it combines the fields of anthropology, psychology and biology to give students a full understanding of the brain from many different approaches. As a student with many diverse interests, the flexibility and crossover of neuroscience with so many other disciplines makes it especially interesting for me. Furthermore, the variety of different styles of assessment such as writing, testing, group work, and presentations, set students up well for future endeavors.