Skavenski Award for Graduating Seniors

Dr. Alexander Skavenski was a neuroscientist and professor of Psychology at Northeastern University.  In addition to his important contributions to the understanding of the visual system, Skavenski was a dedicated teacher.  Skavenski and Jim Stellar, another member of the Psychology Department, established the Behavioral Neuroscience program in 1994 to bolster neuroscience education at Northeastern and support the next generation of scientists.  Skavenski served as the first Director of the BNS program, and was Director when the first students graduate in 1996 and 1997.

The Skavenski Award was created in his memory to honor his contributions to the BNS program and the University.  This prestigious award recognizes students with not only outstanding academic achievements in the classroom, but also acknowledges student leadership and excellence in laboratory research, cornerstones of the BNS program. Each year since 1998, the BNS program recognizes the achievements of a graduating senior with this award.


2017 Skavenski Winners




Julia Ebert is a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellow at Harvard. Her research focuses on applying concepts from biology to improve the collective behavior of robots.







Noa Golan is a Ph.D. student at Yale in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. Her research interest use both in vivo and in vitro models of neuronal injury and disease to understand mechanisms of both dysfunction and repair.






Sarah Kark is a PhD candidate in Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston College (2019) examining the neural processes involved in emotional memory. She focuses on enhanced visual processing associated negative memory retrieval and the subjective sense of memory vividness. She has been funded by NSF and NIMH fellowships.






Shradha Khadge received her M.D. at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and is a resident in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital.








Safiya Lahlaf is a medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.






Chloe Nobuhara is conducting research in Translational Neurology at Mass General Hospital. She will matriculate into medical school (TBA) in Fall 2018 and would like to continue working with individuals affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.






Katie Price is a medical student at the Larner College of Medicine at UVM, and things are going great for her.