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CBN Awards

The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) is proud to announce the first annual Awards for Innovative Research, Education, and Mentoring

The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) has established a set of four awards to be given annually to researchers and educators working at CBN institutions: 1) Innovative Research at the predoctoral level, 2) Innovative Research at the postdoctoral level, 3) Creative Instruction, and 4) Outstanding Mentoring. In keeping with the goals of the CBN to promote state-of-the-art research and effective education in the field of behavioral neuroscience (broadly defined), eligible nominees must be actively involved in research and/or education. Awards include a $1,000 travel bursary, a laser-etched CBN brain, and the opportunity to describe research, education, and/or mentoring endeavors at a CBN event. Entries will be reviewed by a committee of CBN scientists, educators, and administrators, with emphasis on distributing awards across CBN member institutions. Awardees will be notified in mid-June.

All nomination materials must be emailed as attachments in PDF format with nominee's last name in the filename, to CBN Administrator Reagan Koski (rkoski1@gsu.edu), by May 19, 2014. Nomination letters, letters of recommendation, and letters of support must be submitted directly by the nominator/recommenders to Ms. Esmond. A CV and a cover letter listing recommenders must be submitted directly by the nominee. See below for details.

  1. Two Awards for Innovative Research, by Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Young Investigators
  2. Award for Creative Instruction
  3. Robert L. DeHaan Memorial Award for Outstanding Mentoring

Awards for Innovative Research by Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Young Investigators
Prizes in the amount of $1,000 to one predoctoral and one postdoctoral neuroscience researcher.

Eligibility
  • Enrolled in or employed at a CBN member institution, and recognized as a member of a CBN laboratory
  • Currently pursuing the research described in the nomination packet
  • For predoctoral award: must be in an advanced degree program at the time the award is made (June of the award year)
  • For postdoctoral award: must be in a post-doctoral training position in a lab or clinic at the time the award is made (June of the award year), and must have earned the advanced degree in the past five years
  • Winners must agree to give a research presentation at ION, BRAIN, NET/work or other CBN program or event within nine months of accepting the award
Nomination Packet
  • One nomination letter (candidates may self-nominate)
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one of which must summarize key research accomplishments, innovative elements of the approach, significance of the research, potential long-term impact, and role of the nominee in the design and conduct of the research endeavor)
  • Nominee's CV
  • Up to two submissions that document the research (e.g. journal publications, manuscripts under review, scientific presentations, popular press articles on the research, etc.)
Review Criteria
  • Research demonstrates innovation and creativity in pursuit of new knowledge in behavioral neuroscience.
  • Research conduct exemplifies scientific rigor with strong inference.
  • Research outcomes are expected to have broad implications in the field.
  • Award recognizes inter-institutional collaboration, as well as existing efforts to reach scientific audiences beyond Atlanta (e.g. publications or presentations at professional conferences).
  • Awardees demonstrate dedication and strong potential for continued success in basic or applied behavioral neuroscience.

Award for Creative Instruction
Prize in the amount of $1,000 for neuroscience education.

Eligibility
  • Enrolled in or employed at a CBN member institution, and recognized as a member of the CBN
  • May be graduate student, post-doctoral researcher, staff member, program administrator, or faculty member
  • Currently pursuing the education endeavors described in the nomination packet
  • Winners must agree to provide a presentation at ION, BRAIN, NET/work or other CBN program or event within nine months of accepting the award
  • Pairs of individuals may be nominated together, if collaboration was critical for the establishment and implementation of the endeavors (and the award will be divided between the winners)
Nomination Packet
  • One nomination letter (candidates may self-nominate)
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one of which must summarize key education endeavors, innovative elements of the activities, significance of the instruction, potential for lasting effects, and role of the nominee in the establishment and conduct of the educational endeavors)
  • Nominee's CV
  • Up to two submissions that document the instruction (e.g. journal publications; manuscripts under review; instructional presentations; lesson plans; links to websites, videos, or photo archives; popular press articles on the activities, etc.)
Review Criteria
  • Instruction demonstrates innovation and creativity in sharing neuroscience concepts with any audience, such as K-12 students, teachers, undergraduates, advanced trainees, faculty, and/or members of the general public.
  • Feedback, evaluation, and/or education research demonstrates impact of instruction on learners or the community, with rigorous analysis of collected data.
  • Award recognizes inter-institutional collaborations, as well as existing efforts to reach learners beyond Atlanta (e.g. publications or presentations at professional conferences).
  • Awardees demonstrate dedication to instruction, as well as strong potential for continued success in science education.

Robert L. DeHaan Memorial Award for Outstanding Mentoring
Prize in the amount of $1,000 to one neuroscience mentor.

Robert L. DeHaan, Ph.D., demonstrated excellence in all his endeavors, including five decades of basic research on embryonic heart development, followed by fifteen years of dedicated work in science education, with sustained focus on mentoring younger trainees both in laboratory research and education science. With the CBN, DeHaan was a key member of the BRAIN Research Team of neuroscientists and education researchers designing, implementing, and analyzing outcomes from our undergraduate research programs, Behavioral Research Advancements In Neuroscience (BRAIN) and Atlanta's Neuroscience Education and Training Program (NET/work). He was an Orientation Instructor, Workshop Leader, and LeftBRAIN Mentor from 2009-2012, and is co-author on two publications and numerous poster and panel presentations from that work. He also consulted on the establishment of our high school summer research program, the Institute On Neuroscience (ION), and was a supportive mentor for science educators of the CBN and beyond. In both basic research and science education, DeHaan emphasized creativity and innovation, coupled with scientific rigor. This award is supported by Marianne Scharbo DeHaan, Professor Emeritus of the Emory University School of Nursing, and wife of Dr. DeHaan.

Eligibility
  • Faculty member employed at a CBN member institution, and recognized as a member of the CBN
  • Currently engaged in the types of mentoring described in the nomination packet
  • Winners must agree to provide a presentation at ION, BRAIN, NET/work or other CBN program or event within nine months of accepting the award
Nomination Packet
  • One nomination letter (candidates may self-nominate)
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one of which must summarize key mentoring activities, creative elements of the mentoring approach, and evidence of lasting effects on past mentees; one should be provided by a supervisor, e.g. department chair, and one should be provided by a past or present mentee)
  • Nominee's CV
  • Full list of past and present mentees, including current positions of past mentees (when possible), indication of peer-reviewed publications co-authored with mentees, and proportion of mentees from demographic groups underrepresented in science, e.g. underrepresented racial or ethnic groups (African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino/Latina, Pacific Islanders, Alaskan Natives, and Native Americans), individuals from disadvantaged educational backgrounds (without Honors/AP/IB courses in high school or from undergraduate institutions without research), individuals from disadvantaged economic backgrounds (qualified for Pell Grants as undergraduates), people with documented disabilities, and women beyond post-doctoral levels)
Review Criteria
  • Activities show a high degree of dedication, individualized attention, and creative contribution to the career advance of trainees or peers in neuroscience, especially at career transitions.
  • Award recognizes efforts to promote career success especially among trainees or peers from groups currently underrepresented in the sciences.
  • Awardee demonstrates sustained dedication to mentoring, as well as strong potential for continued support of career development for future scientists.

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