Robert Whitney Newcomb Memorial Lecture and Internship

Beginning in 2001, the Robert Whitney Newcomb Memorial Fund has endowed an annual lecture in neuroscience and one or more internships per year for high-school students and graduate fellows at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

The Fund was established by the family of the late Dr. Newcomb. Before his death in 2000 at age 44, Dr. Newcomb was passionately devoted to brain research. He first came to NIH as a junior in high school, and thanks to his mentor, Dr. Claude Klee, he became a protein chemist at the age of 17. Dr. Newcomb received his doctorate from the University of Hawaii and gave up the second year of his Presidential Young Investigator Award to accept his first NIH grant. Dr. Newcomb's association with NIH continued as he later served on NIH study panels. The Newcomb family established this memorial fund because NIH is the most appropriate place to further Dr. Newcomb's work on brain research and the chemical basis of stroke and aging.

This program is only available to Maryland students, who are at least 16 years old and whose home school is either in the Downcounty Consortium, the Northeast Consortium, or Seneca Valley, Watkins Mill or Gaithersburg.

Download the Robert Whitney Newcombg internship application here.

2017 Robert Whitney Newcomb Memorial Lectures:

Monday, February 6, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
The Lipsett Amphitheater, Clinical Center
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland

Speaker: Daniel Choquet, Ph.D., Bordeaux University Research director, CNRS, Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuroscience
Topic: The Various Roles of Nanoscale AMPA Receptor Dynamics in Synaptic Plasticity

Monday, November 20, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
The Lipsett Amphitheater, Clinical Center
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland

Speaker: Herwig Baier, Ph.D., Max Planck Professor for Genes Circuits Behavior
Topic: Optogenetic analysis of neural circuits and behavior in zebrafish

Goals

  • Endow an annual lecture in neuroscience and one or more internships for high-school students at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
  • Further Dr. Newcomb's work on brain research and the chemical basis of stroke and aging.

Results & Accomplishments

Beginning in 2001, the Newcomb Memorial Fund has endowed 16 lectures and 23 high school internships at NINDS.

Internship Coordinator and Mentor, 2002-Present

Susan Wray, Ph.D., Cellular and Developmental Neurobiology Section, NINDS

Interns & Fellows (2002-2017)

2002
Christopher Ogata, Wheaton High School

2003
Thomas LaCastro, Thomas Edison High School of Technology

2004
Maryan Rabei, Walter Johnson High School
Andrew Yewdell, John F. Kennedy High School

2005
Sahan Hapangama, Wheaton High School
Saidah Adams, Blake High School/Edison High School

2006
Cina Karodeh, Paint Branch High School
Stephen Doore, Springbrook High School

2007
Kimeya Ghaderi, Northwood High School

2008
Christina Jacob, Paint Brush High School
Kefre Akpaete, Springbrook High School

2009
Khavin Suong, Northwood/Edison High School

2010
Marie Hickman, Seneca Valley High School
Jade Williams, Watkins Mill High School

2011
Ashmina Shilpakar, Wheaton High School
Sarah Shangraw, Post-Baccalaureate Intern, Graduate of University of Puget Sound

2012
Ebony Argaez, Montgomery Blair High School

2013
Ernest Ekunseitan, Montgomery Blair High School
Eudorah Vital, John F. Kennedy High School

2014
Ernest Ekunseitan, Montgomery Blair High School

2015-2016
Jaime Atilano, Seneca Valley High School

2015-2017 Post-Baccalaureate Fellow
Leigh Dairaghi, Carleton College

2016-2017
Sarah Reside, Wheaton High School

Previous Robert Whitney Newcomb Memorial Lectures

May 2001: David Yue, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

December 2001: Richard Tsien, D. Phil., Stanford University

April 2003: Daniel Johnston, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

April 2004: Richard Aldrich, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

April 2005: Clay M. Armstrong, M.D., University of Pennsylvania

April 2006: Bruce P. Bean, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

November 2006: Gary Yellen, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

March 2008: Roger Nicoll, M.D., University of California, San Francisco

December 2008: Roderick MacKinnon, M.D., The Rockefeller University

November 2009: Dwight Bergles, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

April 2011: Craig Jahr, Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University

October 2011: Diane Lipscomb, Ph.D., Brown University

December 2012: Ann Marie Craig, Ph.D., University of British Columbia

September 2013: David E. Clapham, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

June 2015: Richard H. Kramer, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

March 2016: Erik Jorgensen, Ph.D., University of Utah

Support

To donate, please contact advancement@fnih.org or visit https://fnih.org/donate/general_donation.

Partners

National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Contacts

Please contact the Advancement Office for more information at advancement@fnih.org or 301-402-4976.