Welcome to Nu Rho Psi

The NuRhoPsi website is being updated.  This is the old website--it is now accessible as "nurhopsi.com" and will remain online for a few weeks until we have all the kinks worked out on the new website.  In general, please go to the new website, which is at NuRhoPsi.org .  Only use this site if there is some function you need that is not yet available on the updated site.

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.


Thanks to all who attended our 2017 Member Meeting and Social - we look forward to seeing you in San Diego in 2018.

Nu Rho Psi Annual Member Meeting and Social
6:30-8PM Monday November 13, 2017
The Marriott Marquis Salon 1 & 2 
901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001


Professor Bruce S. McEwen

Alfred E. Mirsky Professor and Head of the Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at the Rockefeller University in New York.
The Rise of Epigenetics: Hormones and the Hippocampus. Breaking down silos of knowledge and practice.


We are please to welcome the latest addition to our group of NRP Chapters - Boston College and DuPaul University  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 2017 Submissions Has Passed - October 1, 2018- 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


Regional Conference Poster Awards

Nu Rho Psi offers "Best Poster" awards at the regional undergraduate neuroscience conferences such as NEURON, SYNAPSE, mGluRs and MidBrains.

Congratulations to the 2017 mGluRs Poster Award Winner:

Kristin Pitts -  Kenyon College (Advisor, Sarah Petersen): Chracterization of a zebrafish peripheral myelin mutant

A list of the 2016 Poster Award recipients may be found here.


Congratulations to our 2017-18 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:

The University of Arizona [α in Arizona; Briggs Carhart /Dr. Leslie Tolbert – advisor] Funding for educational materials to be utilized during an interactive outreach program focused on Combat-Related Trauma and PTSD in Veterans and Survivors of Gender-Related Violence/Assault.

The University of Kansas [α in Kansas’ Katherine Morales / Dr. Evangelia Chrysikou – Advisor] Funding to support a week-long series of outreach events associated with the 2018 Brain Awareness Week.  The focus of each daily event will be related to the theme of Stress, Anxiety and the Brain, including outreach events for the public and local K-12 schools a keynote speaker, a film night with discussion, and yoga/meditation sessions to combat stress.

Lake Forest College [γ  in Illinois; Alexandra Skoczek / Dr. Shubhik DebBurman – advisor] Support for continued year-long programming related to the annual theme of Stress and Anxiety during the spring.  A community awareness program “A Forester Collaboration to End the Stigma on Mental Illness” including production of a video capturing student first-person accounts of their struggles, a campus meditation hour, and a public talk by a speaker representing the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Lake County, IL.

Northeastern University [β in Massachusetts; Kristen Brown / Dr.  Jade Zee – advisor] Funding will support the chapter’s annual neuroscience related book-club for junior and senior students from public schools in Boston.  The books, discussions and educational materials will focus on the annual theme of stress and anxiety as well as proven ways of managing stress and anxiety.     


Congratulations to our 2017 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 47th annual meeting in Washington, D.C. 11-15 November 2017. The students will also present their work at the FUN poster session on Sunday, 12 November from 6:45-8:45 pm.

  • Robert Candia, Drew University
  • Brock Carlson, St. Olaf College
  • Elena Coley, Northeastern University
  • Camila Demaestri, Northeastern University
  • Sarah DuFresne, University of Evansville
  • Jon Whear, St. Olaf College


Congratulations to our 2017 Undergraduate Research Grantees:

  • Lindsey Chew, University of Arizona
  • Megan Haney, Tulane University
  • Kyla Mountenot, Drew University (Recipient of the inaugural 2017 G. Andrew Mickley undergraduate research grant)
  • Vasileios Kreouzis, Northeastern University

Congratulations to our 2017 Chapter of the Year Award Recipient:

  • -Ohio State University (Epsilon in Ohio)

Congratulations to our 2017 Member of the Year Award Recipient:

You are invited to see these Nu Rho Psi members recognized at our National Members Meeting and Social on 13 November 2017 from 6:30-8:00PM in "Suite 1 & 2 " of the  Marriott Marquis Hotel, 901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 - across the street from the Convention Center.


Welcome to our newest Nu Rho Psi Chapter: Florida State 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: [email protected] 

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.    

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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; [email protected] ; 440.826.8526

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