Trinity’s Chapter of Neuroscience National Honor Society Wins Award and Grant

Nu Rho Psi Chapter’s Student Leaders Accept Honors at Conference in San Diego

​Hartford, Connecticut, November 16, 2016 – The Trinity College chapter of Nu Rho Psi, the neuroscience national honor society, is making headlines this year by winning the Nu Rho Psi Chapter-of-the-Year Award and a Chapter Activity Grant. Nu Rho Psi was founded in 2006 by the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) and currently has 68 chapters across the United States.

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Left-right: Nu Rho Psi Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) Officer Dr. Jade Zee with Trinity College Nu Rho Psi members Thomas Hum-Hyder ’17, president; Jasmin Williams ’17; Elizabeth Foley ’17, vice president; and Ariana Adamski ’17.​
Trinity students attended the Society for Neuroscience Conference in San Diego, California, where they accepted the two awards on November 13. In addition, the members of the Trinity chapter were invited to present their research at the conference – an honor not usually granted to undergraduate students, especially those from a small liberal arts school.

Trinity College Nu Rho Psi Chapter President Thomas Hum-Hyder ’17 said, “It’s an incredible honor to accept such a prestigious award at a conference that is paramount within the neuroscience community. To be able to represent Trinity and our members is humbling and affirms the hard work we do in the classroom, in lab, and in the Hartford community.”

The Trinity chapter’s dedication to the Hartford community has been recognized by two Nu Rho Psi activity grants in the past two years. During the 2015-16 academic year, the group set out to raise funds for the annual Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut Valentine’s Day social, which was going to be cancelled due to a lack of funds. The Trinity chapter received a grant from Nu Rho Psi for $250 and ultimately raised another $4,500 – enough for the dance to be held for the next four years. Trinity Nu Rho Psi members received a Volunteer(s) of the Year Award last spring from the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut.

The most recent grant, also for $250, will fund “Building on the Spectrum,” an Autism Families CONNECTicut program in which participants design and construct buildings using LEGO® bricks. The Trinity chapter is one of only four Nu Rho Psi chapters that will receive activity grants for the 2016-17 academic year to support neuroscience community outreach and education, and it is the first chapter to receive this award in two consecutive years.

This commitment to neuroscience and to Hartford attracted the attention of the Nu Rho Psi awards committee. In the letter announcing the chapter of the year honor, one reviewer noted, “Especially for such a small chapter, the amount of community outreach and promotion of education around the national theme of brain injury was truly impressive!”

Sarah Raskin, Charles A. Dana Research Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and adviser to Trinity’s Nu Rho Psi chapter, is proud of the group’s work over the last two years. “I look forward to their continued work this year with both people with brain injury and those with autism spectrum disorder,” Raskin said. “These events and others, sponsored by Nu Rho Psi, have helped people in our community while, at the same time, increasing student excitement and interest in the major and in neuroscience as a field.”

Written by Eleanor Worsley ’17