“And the Golgi Goes to…” Our First Annual Neuroscience Awards Ceremony!

By Tyra Lamar, with photos by Todd Deveau

On June 24th, the Emory Neuroscience Program welcomed its first awards ceremony, an event that was long overdue. Our students and faculty have been prominent, not only in research, but in service, teaching, mentoring, outreach, and of course, hosting some awesome parties! This event was created as a tribute to the extraordinary talent and success in our Neuroscience community.

Drew Solyst, Sarah DeWitt, Cecilia Prudente looking their best!
Drew Solyst, Sarah DeWitt, and Cecilia Prudente looking their best!

Our hosts for the evening, Jordan Kohn and Sara Freeman, made it a hilarious and engaging night with their stylish presentations of the awards (lovingly named the Golgi), complete with theme music for the nominees.

Sara Freeman, Jordan Kohn presenting Golgi awards!
Sara Freeman and Jordan Kohn presenting Golgi awards!

One of the highlights of the evening was our faculty member and former program director Yoland Smith’s sweep of both the Faculty Mentorship and Faculty of the Year Golgi awards. Congratulations to Yoland and all the other winners!

Special thanks go to our student hosts, Andy Jenkins, Gary Longstreet, and our illustrious program director Shawn Hochman for a great program, great food, great drinks, and a great reason to wear our long-neglected cocktail dresses and suits. This is sure to become a cherished event for years to come!

And now for the winners:

NS STUDENT AWARDS:

  • Leadership Award: Paul Evans
  • University Service Award: Laura Mariani
  • Scientific Outreach Award: Katy Shepard
  • Outstanding Early Achievement Award: Lauren DeBrouse
  • Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award: Ming-fai Fong
  • Excellence in Teaching Award: Nikki Sawyer
  • Excellence in Mentorship Award: Chris Makinson

NS FACULTY AWARDS:

  • Excellence in Mentorship Award: Yoland Smith

GIN AWARDS:

  • Faculty of the Year: Yoland Smith
  • Service Award: Ashley Sullivan
Don Noble and Yvonne Ogbonmwan hanging out before the awards.
Don Noble and Yvonne Ogbonmwan hanging out before the awards.
Kalynda Gonzales, Ashley Sullivan, and Ming having a blast!
Kalynda Gonzales, Golgi Winner Ashley Sullivan, and Winner Ming-fai Fong having a blast!
Winner Nikki Sawyer with advisor Andrew Escayg
Winner Nikki Sawyer with advisor Andrew Escayg
Golgi winner Laura Mariani
Winner Laura Mariani
Ming-fai Fong with advisor Steve Potter
Winner Ming-fai Fong with advisor Steve Potter
Yoland Smith with GIN president Paul Evans and former GIN president Ariana Mullin
Winner Yoland Smith with GIN president Paul Evans and former GIN president Ariana Mullin
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