Henry I. Russek Student Achievement Day 2012

Details  regarding the 2013 Russek Student Achievement Day will be available soon.

The 18th Annual Henry I. Russek Student Achievement Day 2012

“Genius is perseverance in disguise”HIR

Our special day to honor our Ph.D. graduate students and their mentors is on the horizon! May 11th, 2012, Hiebert Lounge, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.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.  This year we are thrilled to announce that Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher, MD will deliver the keynote address “ER Stress Sensors in Human Disease” for our 18th year!

The requirements for participation in our 18th annual Henry I. Russek Student Achievement Day are as follows: To participate in the Poster Presentation please submit your abstract online by April 23, 2012 ( online submission will be available soon).  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) a folder containing:

1) A copy of your poster abstract

2) A personal statement (at minimum: describe why you are in science, your particular research interests, and future career goals)

3) An official transcript of your graduate curriculum

4) A letter of support from your mentor (and any other additional letters that are supportive to help your departmental committee in their deliberations)

5) An updated CV

6) A copy of published manuscripts and/or publications in press or in final draft form.

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 2011 and graduated, they are still eligible. 

Deadline for submission of these packets to the appropriate departmental office is April 25, 2012.

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.  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.  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.

See you soon!!


Shelley J. Russek, Ph.D.

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