Henry I. Russek Student Achievement Day

The 20th Annual Henry I. Russek Student Achievement Day 2014 will be held on May 2, 2014.  Information on abstract submission will be available shortly.

Our Keynote speaker will be Dr. David Ginty and this year Neuroscience is the theme.


Anatomy and Neurobiology:

  • First Place: Shaun Patel
  • Second Place: Peter Fried

Behavioral Neuroscience:

  • First Place: Kayle Sawyer


  • First Place: Shannon Carroll
  • Second Place: Kathleen E. Tumelty

Genetics and Genomics:

  • First Place: Sarah Kleinsorge


Graduate Program for Neuroscience

  • First Place t: Jason Climer


  • First Place: Chadene Tremaglio
  • Second Place: Daniele Carey
  • Honorable Mention: Andrew Platt

Molecular Medicine:

  • First Place: Teresa Colvin

Nutrition and Metabolism:

  • First Place: Robert Ackatia-Armah


Oral Biology:

  • First Place: Na Tian
  • Honorable Mention: Sundharamani Venkitapathi


  • First Place: Robert Freilich
  • Second Place:  Tara Vanderweyde
  • Honorable Mention: Tracey Tucker


Physiology and Biophysics:

  • First Place:  Nathan Meyers
  • Second Place:  Mengxiao Lu
  • Honorable Mention:  William Schmidt


Russek Poster 2013“Genius is perseverance in disguise”HIR

Our special day to honor our Ph.D. graduate students and their mentors is on the horizon!

May 10th,  Hiebert Lounge,

8:30a.m. – 5:00p.m.

It has been a long Winter but Spring is finally here!  There is no better way to celebrate our accomplishments over the past academic year than with our fabulous students.  Where would the BU research effort be without them?  On this day we honor our graduate students by hearing about their exciting research efforts in a poster session and share their excitement as they congratulate their friends after winning the coveted Achievement Award.  We also share our ideas with a scientific luminary that serves as a Visiting Professor for the student award winners.  For our 19th year we are thrilled to announce  that  Dr.  James  Darnell will  deliver the  keynote  address: “Be Curious—-AND Stay Curious!”


2013 Abstract Applications are Closed.

The requirements for participation in our 19th annual Henry I. Russek Student Achievement Day are as follows:

  • To participate in the Poster Presentation please submit your abstract online by May 1, 2013.
  • If you are a PhD student and want to compete for a Student Achievement Award please submit to your Department Awards Committee (or degree-granting Program Awards Committee) the following information in one packet by April 29, 2013 :
      1. A copy of your poster abstract
      2. An official transcript of your graduate curriculum
      3. A letter of support from your mentor (and any other additional letters that are supportive to help your departmental committee in their deliberations)
      4. An updated CV
      5. A copy of published manuscripts and/or publications in press or in final draft form.
      6. A personal statement (at minimum: describe why you are in science, your particular research interests, and future career goals).   Please describe in your personal statement any activities that you have participated in during your graduate training that have enriched the academic and/or research environment for others either at the departmental or Divisional level.

Other Requirements : All students applying for awards must have already passed their qualifying exams.  If a student has previously received a second prize award (not first) they are still eligible to compete in this years’ awards program.  In addition, if a student has already defended their thesis in 2012 and graduated, they are still eligible. See you soon!

Note: Please remember that these Achievement Awards go to students who have distinguished themselves not only as gifted researchers in their mentor’s laboratory but also as dedicated members of their department, program, or surrounding community.   We hope that through recognition of your dedication to service you will make the time to participate as an active member of BU’s community of leaders.


      Shelley J. Russek, Ph.D.

        Professor of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics
        Director, BU Graduate Program for Neuroscience