Faculty Awards

The Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience annually recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to undergraduate neuroscience. These awards (described below) are based on peer nominations and are announced at the FUN Social and Poster Session at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting. (Looking for student travel awards? Go to travel awards)

Status:

We are accepting nominations for the 2021 faculty awards. If you wish to nominate someone, please write a short nominating letter that describes the nominee's contributions that warrant recognition for the award, and submit the nomation to Mary Morrison (Past-President) at morrison@lycoming.edu.
    •    Did you hear about a fantastic teaching innovation or initiative? Nominate that colleague for the Carol Ann Paul FUN Educator of the Year Award!
    •    Were you struck by the staggering contributions of a colleague to undergraduate neuroscience education over time? Nominate that colleague for the Career/Lifetime Achievement Award!
    •    Is there someone who has gone above and beyond their prescribed duties to serve and develop the FUN organization? Nominate that colleague for the Service Award!
    •    Were you blown away by the number and quality of former mentees a colleague had in attendence at SfN or one of the regional meetings? Nominate that colleague for the Mentor Award!
    •    Do you know someone who is outstanding in their efforts to promote diversity and inclusivity in their own classes/labs, their department/program, or nationally?  Nominate that colleague for the Fostering Diversity & Inclusion Award!
If you have previously nominated a colleague for an award at a regional meeting, consider sending that nomination to FUN as well!
Nominations will be kept open for at least 3 years in the interest of spreading more recognition of the inspiring work our members do. Given the high level of creativity, engagement, passion and fellowship in our undergraduate neuroscience community, we look forward to making each of these awards every year amidst great celebration at the annual meeting.
Please submit your nominations to to Past-President Mary Morrison at morrison@lycoming.edu whenever they are ready. Application review will begin October 1, 2021 and decisions are made the week before the SfN meeting.

Criteria for Awards and Past Awardees:

FUN Career and Lifetime Achievement Awards
The Career and Lifetime Achievement awards are FUN's highest honor and are based on a nominating letter from a member. The Career and Lifetime Achievement Awards will be given from time to time, to recognize individuals who have made outstanding efforts on behalf of undergraduate neuroscience education and research. Outstanding efforts may include singular achievements that have provided wide benefit to the undergraduate neuroscience community, or sustained efforts across years.

Lifetime Achievement Awardees

  • 2019 J. Timothy Cannon
  • 2015 Steven Zottoli
  • 2014 Carol Ann Paul
  • 2012 Steven George
  • 2011 Andrew Mickley
  • 2010 Alan Gittis
  • 2009 Andy Sinauer
  • 2008 Jeanne Narum
  • 2006 Ron Hoy
  • 2004 Jeff Wilson
  • 2003 Gary Dunbar
  • 2002 Dennison Smith
  • 2002 Jack Boitano

Career Achievement Awardees

  • 2020 William Grisham
  • 2019 Shubhik DebBurman
  • 2016 Wesley P. Jordan and  Douglas Weldon
  • 2015 Lee Coates
  • 2014 Bruce Johnson
  • 2013 Edward Bilsky
  • 2012 Richard Olivo
  • 2010 Michael Kinder
  • 2007 Eric Wiertelak
  • 2006 Eric Chudler
  • 2005 Felix Schweizer
  • 2004 Debbie Colbern
  • 2001 Julio Ramirez

 Carol Ann Paul FUN Educator of the Year Award
The Educator Award is given annually to a regular member or fellow of FUN in recognition of notable efforts related to promoting effective teaching of neuroscience at the undergraduate level, and is based on a nominating letter from a member. 

  • 2020 Christina Ragan
  • 2019 Monica Linden
  • 2018 Lorenz Neuwirth
  • 2016 Elaine Reynolds
  • 2015 Mary Morrison
  • 2014 Wes Colgan
  • 2013 Michael Ruscio and Christopher Korey
  • 2012 Patsy Dickinson
  • 2011 Dorothy Kozlowski
  • 2010 Amanda Clinton
  • 2009 Mark Bradford
  • 2008 Alan Gittis
  • 2007 Ann E. Stuart and Andrew Mickley
  • 2006 Robert Wyttenbach
  • 2005 Richard Olivo
  • 2004 Mary Lou Caspers
  • 2003 Cheryl Frye
  • 2002 Barbara Lom
  • 2001 Bruce Johnson, Carol Ann Paul, and JoAnn Berger-Sweeney

FUN Service Award
The Service Award will be given from time to time, to recognize individuals who have made outstanding efforts towards the continuing development of FUN as an organization.

  • 2020 Alo Basu, Jason Chan, Yuanyuan (Connie) Kang, Melanie Leussis
  • 2019 David Jewett
  • 2018 Fern Duncan
  • 2017 Bob Calin-Jageman and Irina Calin-Jageman
  • 2016 Jeffrey Smith
  • 2015 Jennifer Yates
  • 2014 Jean Hardwick
  • 2013 Ronald Bayline
  • 2012 Bob Calin-Jageman
  • 2011 Karen Parfitt and Gary Dunbar
  • 2009 Barbara Lom
  • 2008 Gayle Brosnan-Watters

FUN Mentor Award
The Mentor Award will be given from time to time, to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions as mentors for young neuroscientists.

  • 2020 Valerie Haftel
  • 2019 Amy Jo Stavnezer
  • 2017 Adam Johnson
  • 2016 Lora Becker
  • 2015 Anthony Kline
  • 2014 Barbara Lom
  • 2012 Leslie Sargent-Jones
  • 2011 Julio Ramirez
  • 2009 Gary Muir, Shelly Dickinson, and Eric Wiertelak
  • 2006 Malathi Srivatsan
  • 2000 Dale Sengelaub
FUN Award for Fostering Diversity and Inclusivity
The FUN Award for Fostering Diversity & Inclusivity will be given from time to time to recognize individuals who have made extraordinary efforts promoting diversity and inclusivity in undergraduate neuroscience education. Outstanding support of diversity may include the development of programs that substantially enhance the advancement of students and/or faculty from diverse backgrounds, successful and inclusive mentoring of diverse students and/or faculty, or fostering inclusive classroom/laboratory environments for all to succeed in science.