During the Convocation ceremony, the 2016 graduates were commended for their scientific contributions, untiring work, and unique skills. Read the faculty members’ tributes to their students.
31 new scientists were awarded doctoral degrees at this year’s Convocation ceremony. The day began with a graduate luncheon in Welch Hall and ended with a festive celebration at the Peggy Rockefeller Plaza.
Dr. Hatten, a developmental neurobiologist, and Dr. Kronauer, who studies social evolution and behavior, were celebrated at this year’s Convocation luncheon with Rockefeller’s Distinguished Teaching Awards.
Lillian Cohn, a graduate fellow in Michel Nussenzweig’s laboratory, has been awarded the David Rockefeller Fellowship, given each year to an outstanding third-year student.
At this year’s Convocation ceremony, honorary doctorate degrees were awarded to James Allison, Max Cooper, Suzanne Cory, and Alice Dautry-Varsat for their outstanding scientific contributions.
When The Rockefeller University held its first Convocation in 1959, there were only five graduates. Fifty-six years later, as of Convocation on June 11, 2015, there are now 1,178 recipients of the Rockefeller University doctor of philosophy degree.
In addition to 28 students, three trailblazing women in science received degrees from Rockefeller this year. In a tradition dating back more than 50 years, the university awarded honorary doctorate of science degrees to distinguished individuals who have made notable contributions to bioscience: Nicole Le Douarin, a developmental biologist at the Collège de France; Mary Frances Lyon, a geneticist at the U.K. Medical Research Council, whose degree was awarded posthumously; and Brenda Milner, a neuropsychologist at McGill University.
Robert Heler, a graduate fellow in Luciano Marraffini’s Laboratory of Bacteriology,has been awarded the 2015 David Rockefeller Fellowship, given each year to an outstanding third-year student for demonstrating exceptional promise in science and leadership.
Among the accolades for scholar-scientists, this year’s Convocation also honored four women with a different but no less significant role in the advancement of research— Lydia A. Forbes, Isabel P. Furlaud, Nancy M.Kissinger, and Sydney Roberts Shuman, the founding chairs of Rockefeller’s Women & Science initiative.
For Rockefeller graduate students there is labwork, and there is coursework. This year, the university recognizes two teachers who have devoted substantial time, energy, and creativity to designing and leading one of the most challenging and innovative courses within the university’s graduate curriculum: Gaby Maimon, assistant professor and head of the Laboratory of Integrative Brain Function, and Vanessa Ruta, Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Assistant Professor and head of the Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior. They were presented with the university’s Distinguished Teaching Awards at this year’s Convocation luncheon.