We are happy to announce that the winner of the 2017 Florence Robinson Neuroscience Award, given each year to an outstanding Wake Forest student graduating with a minor in Neuroscience, is HOPE PETERSON.
Hope is a Psychology Major working with Professor Blumenthal on a 5 year MA degree in Neuroscience.
Hope will receive recognition at the Awards Ceremony held on Commencement weekend, a plaque from the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Minor, and $300.
Selection was based on her performance in NEU courses, engagement in research, and the communication of research results.
Ms. Peterson has worked in the laboratories of Drs. Christian Waugh and Terry Blumenthal as well as a lab in the Regenerative Medicine department at the Clinical Center of the NIH. There her project involved tracking the long-term progression of symptoms in patients with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and examining the validity study of a neuropsychological measure known as the Rey Tangled Line Test, to determine if it can be used as a concussion screening tool. Hope is currently working in Dr. Blumenthal’s lab with the goal of creating a clinically relevant diagnostic measure of tinnitus, or chronic ear ringing. Hope is in the 5-Year Neuroscience Master’s program.
This award is funded by Professor Susan Fahrbach to recognize outstanding achievement by a student in the Neuroscience Minor and to encourage students to consider careers related to neuroscience. It is named the Florence Robinson Neuroscience Award in honor of Professor Fahrbach’s mother-in-law, an economist with a love for education who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2003 and passed away in 2009.