2012 Undergraduate Program Achievement Award
Baldwin Wallace University
The Baldwin Wallace (BW) Neuroscience Program began as a minor in 1993 and instituted a Neuroscience Major in 2000. Neuroscience students graduate with two majors (Neuroscience and Biology, Chemistry, or Psychology). BW's curriculum is research-intensive and all students are required to produce an empirically based senior thesis.
BW has intentionally developed a three-step peer mentoring system that encourages students to collaborate and learn from, not only faculty, but each other. This mentoring system includes peer mentoring and the curriculum; peer mentoring and work in faculty labs; and peer mentoring and senior theses. BW's novel and intentional peer mentoring system enhances their students' success in graduate programs, careers, and life.
2012 Graduate Program Achievement Award
The Neuroscience Graduate Program at Vanderbilt University is an interdisciplinary and transinstitutional program administered through the Vanderbilt Brain Institute (VBI). Founded in 1999, the Neuroscience Graduate Program has grown into one of the premier biomedical graduate programs at Vanderbilt and the nation. The program's core mission is to prepare the next generation of leaders in the neurosciences.
Brain Matters, a series of educational, interactive exhibits, was developed to provide information on the brain, brain science, mental health and mental illness, that takes place a local repurposed shopping mall as a means of neuroscience outreach and community service. The emphasis on Brain Matters is important because much of the design and content of the exhibits came from ideas and labors of past and present trainees of Vanderbilt's Neuroscience Graduate Program. This community project presents three content spaces; they are Inside the Brain, Brain Matters, and Neuroscience Discovery. It is a joint partnership program between Vanderbilt/National Institute of Mental Health Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research and the Vanderbilt Brain Institute. Brain Matters is just one of many facets to the training environment at Vanderbilt that prepares their students for their future roles as leaders in neuroscience.