Nate Himmel (Cox Lab) is the 2020 recipient of the Outstanding Doctoral Scholar Award. Nate has excelled in his academics and has an outstanding record of scholarly productivity including 8 peer-reviewed publications, 5 as first author, in high impact journals including Current Biology, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, and Molecular Biology and Evolution. Nate has actively presented his work both internally and externally at major scientific conferences, including 4 oral presentations and 18 published abstracts. Nate is the recipient of a NIH F31 NRSA Pre-doctoral Fellowship, a Honeycutt Fellowship, a Brains & Behavior Fellowship and the 2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Mentoring Award.
Parker Ellingson (Cymbalyuk Lab) is the 2020 recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award. Parker has an extensive track record of impactful and dedicated mentoring. He has mentored two high school students and 8 GSU undergraduate research assistants. He has published a paper in Neurophysiology with his mentees as co-authors, and those mentees have first authored or co-authored 14 presentations. He has also exhibited mentoring in the 2019 Dynamical Neuroscience in Ukraine study abroad program.
Laura Cortes (Forger Lab) is the 2020 recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award. Laura has displayed an outstanding commitment to service at all levels. At the Dept./University level, Laura co-organized the Alternative Careers in Science course; is graduate student representative for the Atlanta Chapter for the Society for Neuroscience; is Co-President of the Neuroscience Graduate Student Association; has served as an intern for the Brains & Behavior program; served as coordinator for the Neuroscience Institute Breakfast Lecture series; and participated in numerous workshops and panels as a presenter. With respect to community outreach, Laura has made major contributions to the Atlanta Regional Brain Bee and on the NGSA outreach committee has participated in innumerable science community outreach activities. In service to the discipline, Laura is serving on the planning committees for the OSSD and SBN research conferences.