Welcome to Nu Rho Psi

Nu Rho Psi is the National Honor Society in Neuroscience, founded in 2006 by the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience. We are now an independent non-profit, grass-roots organization comprised of neuroscientists, like you.


We are please to welcome the latest addition to our group of NRP Chapters - The University of Kansas (Alpha in Kansas).  CONGRATULATIONS! 


REMINDER -  Nu Rho Psi Chapter Activity Grants support chapter activities promoting public awareness of the brain and/or service to the community. Chapters are encouraged to organize activities around a common theme, which is “Stress and Anxiety” for the 2017-18 academic year. Deadline for Submissions October 1, 2017- here 


The Nu Rho Psi National Council has selected "Stress and Anxiety" as this year's (2017-2018) theme for our society's educational and community outreach activities.


Nu Rho Psi offers several grants/awards open to our members and chapters


Nu Rho Psi also offers "Best Poster" awards at the regional undergraduate neuroscience conferences such as NEURON, SYNAPSE, mGluRs and MidBrains. A list of the 2016 winners may be found here.


Congratulations to our 2016-17 Chapter Activity Grant Awardees:

Congratulations to the chapters that will receive Nu Rho Psi grants during the 2016-17 academic year to support neuroscience community outreach and education:

Georgia State University [β in GA; Stephanie Ross/Dr. Michael Black - advisor]. To fund the second annual Atlanta Nu Rho Psi research conference (benefits other chapters including Emory University,  and Agnes Scott College)

Trinity College [α in CT; Thomas Hum-Hyder/Dr. Sarah Raskin – advisor]. To fund "Building on the Spectrum" - Lego volunteer event to benefit Autism Families CONNECTicut

University of Arizona [α in AZ; Alison Comrie/Dr. Leslie Tolbert - advisor]. To fund  "Rockin' for Rett" 5K Family Fun Run and information booth.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville [β in TN; Emalie McMahon/Dr. Jim Hall - advisor]. To fund a 5K run and speaker. Family Event during Autism Awareness Month.            


Congratulations to our 2016 Travel Grant Awardees:

Congratulations to the students who will receive Nu Rho Psi-funded travel grants (administered by the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience; FUN) to attend and present their research at the Society for Neuroscience’s 46th annual meeting in San Diego CA, 12-16 November 2016. The students will also present their work at the FUN poster session on Sunday, 13 November from 6:45-8:45 pm.

Lindsey Chew from the University of Arizona (Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Lynne Oland). Paper title: (S)-Lacosamide inhibition of CRMP2 phosphorylation reduces postoperative and neuropathic pain behaviors through distinct classes of sensory neurons identified by constellation pharmacology

Sarah Chiren from Lake Forest College (Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Shubhik DebBurman). Paper title: Hippocampal neuronal loss and impaired neurogenesis following repeated closed-head concussive impacts

Taylor Redmond from Drew University (Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Graham Cousens). Paper title: Correlated tuning within the olfactory tubercle

Justin Sabo from Baldwin Wallace University (Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Jacqueline Morris). Paper title: Prepro-orexin promoter is regulated via nicotine exposure in SH-SY5Y cell model

Dan Sangiamo from the University of Delaware (Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Joshua Neunuebel). Paper title: Male mice emit ultrasonic vocalizations during agonistic interactions


Congratulations to our 2016 Undergraduate Research Grantees:

Maya L. Gosztyla, Ohio State University. (Mentor: Dr. Mark Seeger); Project title: Identification of Novel Axon Guidance Genes Using Diverse Strains of Drosophila melanogaster

Paul A. Jones, Lake Forest College. (Mentor: Dr. Shubhik DebBurman); Project title: Evaluation of BMAA Hypothesis for Parkinson’s disease in Yeast Models

Terence B. Lee, Northeastern University. (Mentor: Dr. Aguayo-Mazzucato); Project title: Can Insulin Resistance accelerate brain aging? Potential Implications for Neurodegeneration.

Taylor K. Redmond, Drew University. (Mentor: Dr. Graham Cousens); Project title: Odor Representation in the Olfactory Tubercle using Extracellular Electrophysiological Recording Techniques

[Andrew O. Puglionesi. University of Pittsburgh (Mentor: Professor Stephen D. Meriney); Project title: Modeling the Efficacy of Treatments for Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome through Manipulation of Synaptic Functioning at the Neuromuscular Junction.  Note: this student also earned a Nu Rho Psi Undergraduate Research Grant but ultimately declined the award. He was the recipient of a summer fellowship which precluded dual funding.]

You are invited to see these Nu Rho Psi members recognized at our National Members Meeting on 13 November 2016 from 11:00-12:00noon in "Regal Room A" of the Horton Grand Hotel (311 Island Ave., San Diego, CA) - a few minutes' walk from the San Diego Convention Center.


Welcome to our newest Nu Rho Psi Chapter: Bradley University! Listing and map of current Nu Rho Psi chapters: Click here.  


Nathaniel Bohm-Levine from Oberlin College receives a Nu Rho Psi Undergraduate Research Award fro Nu Rho Psi President Dr. Lora Becker during the 2015 National Meeting



Nu Rho Psi President Jade Zee (Northeastern University) presentes Maya Gosztya (Ohio State University)  with a Nu Rho Psi Undergraduate Research Award during the 2016 National Meeting in San Diego, CA.






Nu Rho Psi is a contributor to the "Friends of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Fund" which aims to advance the frountiers of brain research and discovery through travel awards to the annual SfN meeting as well as other educational and community outreach programs.


If you wish to apply for a Nu Rho Psi charter at your school, click on the "New Chapter" link on the menu. Questions? Contact Dr. Michael T. Kerchner, Executive Director: mkerchner2@washcoll.edu 

If you are a member of Nu Rho Psi and wish to share information about an internship on your campus, your chapter’s activities or disseminate information about how you raise funds or promote Nu Rho Psi on your campus, please post a "Best Practice" on our website. Here's how.

Visit our Facebook Page!  Click here.    

Follow us on Twitter: Click here.

Dr. Bennet Omalu (L) being inducted as an Honorary Member of the University of Evansville (αIN) chapter of Nu Rho Psi. Presenting the Membership Certificate is Dr. Lora Becker (R), President of Nu Rho Psi. Dr. Omalu was the first to discover and publish findings of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in American football players.


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.

Who may join?

Membership is by invitation and is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of Neuroscience one of their major interests and who meet the other academic qualifications. Nu Rho Psi is also open to qualifying Neuroscience faculty and alumni of Neuroscience programs.  Requirements for membership include:

  • Major or minor in Neuroscience
  • Completion of at least 3 semesters of the College course
  • Completion of at least 9 semester hours of Neuroscience-related courses
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2 and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in Neuroscience courses

Students and faculty are elected to membership by the chapter at participating institutions, according to the provisions in the national Nu Rho Psi Constitution.  Any chapter, at its discretion, may establish higher academic standards for eligibility, but may not require lower standards for eligibility.  Membership in Nu Rho Psi is open to qualified candidates regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, race handicap or disability, color, religion, or national or ethnic origin.

What are the benefits of membership?
Nu Rho Psi membership provides recognition of verified academic excellence in the interdisciplinary field of Neuroscience. Students who become members of Nu Rho Psi are selected based on their superior scholarly accomplishments as well as their excellent work in the laboratory. Nu Rho Psi membership is for life and it is often a springboard for the networking and collaboration of like-minded colleagues interested in the study of the brain. Our members are provided opportunities to form professional relationships that carry them through their careers in Neuroscience. We offer both regional and national Nu Rho Psi meetings where young scientists from around the country gather to share their research findings. Nu Rho Psi offers competitive travel awards for members to attend and present their work at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting. Research Grants and Chapter Activity Grants are also available. Nu Rho Psi facilitates the mentoring of our members through publications (e.g., The Nu Rho Psi Guide to Graduate School in Neuroscience) and other outreach activities of the Society. News and additional information about benefits are available to members via the Nu Rho Psi online newsletter. Nu Rho Psi is currently building an Endowment Fund aimed at providing additional small grants to facilitate our members' senior theses or summer research projects. Members receive membership certificates and lapel pins as an indication of the honor they have earned.

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.

Contact us: Nu Rho Psi National Office, Baldwin Wallace University, 275 Eastland Rd., Berea OH 44017-2088 USA; nurhopsi@bw.edu ; 440.826.8526

Hosted on the FUN webserver.


« August 2017 »