Student Involvement

Graduates in Neuroscience (GIN)

Graduates in Neuroscience, GIN, is a student-run organization comprised of the students in the Emory Neuroscience Graduate Program. Our aims are to promote neuroscience and build a sense of community, all the while enjoying ourselves - whether playing paintball, teaching neuroscience to elementary school kids, hosting a lecturer, or rafting at the annual retreat. It's friendly! It's fun! There's beer!

Every Emory Neuroscience PhD student is invited to participate in GIN events, run for GIN office, or apply to become a student representative on a Neuroscience Program Committee or Graduate Student Council Committee.

GIN Activities

Annual Neuroscience Retreat

At this event, held in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia, Neuroscience faculty and students get together to discuss issues of importance and have a blast, all in the same weekend. Morning talks are followed by afternoon volleyball, Randy Hall's fabulous trivia contest, and a GIN-hosted party that usually lasts deep into the night. Faculty members have been known to demonstrate amazing breakdancing abilities at this party, so it is an event not to miss.

Spring Neuroscience Seminar

GIN plans and hosts the annual "Excellence in Neuroscience" Lecture. This event is held in March or April and features a general interest lecture on a neuroscience-related topic from a visiting speaker. The event is open to the entire Emory community as well as the broader Atlanta neuroscience community, and refreshments are served.

GIN Mixers

Several times a semester, GIN hosts mixers where neuroscience students can socialize while enjoying excellent beer and tons of snacks.

Brain Awareness Campaign

GIN supports the Atlanta-area campaign to raise public awareness about the value of neuroscience research by teaching lessons at local elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools, and by serving as organizers or judges for neuroscience-themed high school competitions. Graduate students visit schools year round, and GIN organizes special trips to visit schools during March as part of Brain Awareness Week.

Undergraduate Mentors Program

There is an undergraduate Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology program at Emory, and in the past GIN has been involved in matching NBB undergraduates with Neuroscience PhD students for mentoring and research opportunities.

GIN Officers (2017 - 2018)

  • Co-presidents: Carlie Hoffman & Archana Venkataraman
  • Treasurers: Mary Herrick & Raven Hardy
  • Secretary: Makalele Gorsich
  • Central Sulcus Newsletter Editor-in-Chief: Liz Barfield
  • Central Sulcus Newsletter Editors: Erica Akhter, Rachel Cliburn, Kristie Garza, Carlie Hoffman, Claire McGregor, Amielle Moreno
  • Executive Committee Representatives: Zibby Hinton & Maria Briscione
  • Recruitment Committee Representatives: Anzar Abbas & Chris Sinon
  • Curriculum Committee Representatives: Andrea Pack & Penny Buelow
  • Neuroscience Awards Committee Representatives: Erica Akhter & Arielle Valdez
  • Frontiers Coordinators: Zeena Ammar, Steph Prince & Miao Wang
  • ENCORE Coordinators: Rachel Cliburn & Lindsey Shapiro 
  • Division Student Advisory Council (DSAC) Representative: Eduardo Gigante
  • Webmaster: Kim Lang (

The Central Sulcus Newsletter


Emory Women in Neuroscience 


Science Writers Association of Emory



Neuroethics Program