Awards

The Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (CNLM) offers awards to exceptional postdoctoral researchers, graduate trainees, and undergraduates students. Awardees will be invited to present their work in brief Elevator Pitch format to the UCI academic community and the public at our annual CNLM Awards Ceremony to take place in the Herklotz Conference Center.

Please note the following important conditions before you apply:

  • Applications are to be submitted by the candidates themselves and not by faculty sponsors.
  • Each award has distinct evaluation criteria and eligibility requirements. Please read through the requirements carefully before applying. Ineligible candidates will not be considered.
  • All applications require four components:
    1. Brief CV/resume (no more than 2 pages);
    2. Unofficial transcript (for undergraduate and graduate students);
    3. Personal statement (500 words maximum; see criteria below); and
    4. Recommendation letter by sponsoring faculty member
  • Once applications are submitted, the faculty sponsor will be automatically contacted to request a recommendation letter.
  • You may apply for ONLY ONE award but you may be additionally considered for a different award from the one for which you applied (depending on availability of funds and competitiveness of the applicant pool).
  • Decisions will be made by a special awards committee composed of faculty members appointed by the CNLM director.

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Applications are due by March 23 at 5:00PM

Graduate Student Awards

Renee Harwick Advanced Graduate Student Award

The Renée Harwick Advanced Graduate Student Award is funded by an endowed gift by Dr. Renée Harwick to recognize a graduate student who shows outstanding scientific promise and to support the completion of the student’s Ph.D. thesis.

John W. Haycock Memorial Graduate Student Travel Award

The John W. Haycock Memorial Graduate Student Travel Award was established by the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. John W. Haycock to assist an outstanding graduate student to travel and present research at a scientific conference.

Jared M. Roberts Memorial Graduate Student Award

The Jared M. Roberts Memorial Graduate Student Award was established in 2017 by the family, friends and colleagues of Jared Roberts, CNLM graduate student who passed away in 2016. The endowed award will reward an exceptional graduate student for outstanding scholarship and collegiality.

Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Fellow Awards

Roger W. Russell Award in the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

The Roger W. Russell Award in the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory is awarded in memory of Dr. Roger W. Russell to recognize an individual who demonstrates dedication to exacting scholarship, integrity, collegiality, and steadfast support of the goals and programs of the CNLM.

Undergraduate Student Awards

Carol Becker McGaugh Undergraduate Award 

The Carol Becker McGaugh Award was established in 2003 by Carol Joyce Becker McGaugh and James L. McGaugh to recognize and reward an exceptional undergraduate student for outstanding scholarship and to support the student in completing research in their senior year.

Friends of the CNLM Undergraduate Awards

The Friends of the CNLM Award is funded by annual contributions from our community of supporters to recognize an exceptional undergraduate student for academic excellence and to support their summer research activities.

Carol and James McGaugh Award

In memory of Carol McGaugh and to honor Dr. James McGaugh, the Carol and James McGaugh Award was established in 2018 by daughter Janice McGaugh Morrow and son-in-law William Morrow. The award recognizes a hard-working student completing his/her 3rd year in the School of Biological Sciences with a strong moral character, integrity, and demonstrated potential for making a difference in neuroscience.

The James Tait Goodrich Award for Excellence in Neurobiology in honor of James McGaugh

This award was established in 2018 by James Tait Goodrich, M.D., Ph.D. and Mrs. Judy L. Goodrich to honor Dr. James McGaugh. The award recognizes an undergraduate student in the School of Biological Sciences completing his/her junior year, for outstanding achievement in neurobiology.