Milner named Graduate Program Chair Leadership Award honoree

March 19, 2009

Robert J. Milner, professor of neural and behavioral sciences in the College of Medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, is the 2009 recipient of the Graduate Program Chair Leadership Award.

The award honors faculty members for exemplary leadership that benefits graduate students and faculty in an existing graduate program at the University.

Milner was appointed director of the College’s Neuroscience Graduate Program when he joined the faculty in 1992. Now established as the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Neuroscience, it has grown from six to 34 students, including 14 students at the University Park campus. It currently involves more than 80 faculty members split almost evenly between the Hershey and University Park campuses.

“There has been a significant growth and positive change in neuroscience graduate education at Penn State since Professor Milner arrived,” one nominator wrote, “and he has been involved in virtually all of it, and directly responsible for much of it.”

Recognized for his long-standing interest in professional development of graduate students, Milner, with a colleague, developed a survival skills workshop for graduate students, which has evolved into a required course for neuroscience students.

In the area of professional development of faculty, he served on the team that established the College of Medicine’s Junior Faculty Development Program and has been its co-director since its inception in 2003. He also serves as director of the College of Medicine’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Last Updated March 24, 2009