New Canaan Philanthropic Education Organization Chapter N presented a PEO Scholar Award to Carol Gianessi, who recently completed her third year as an interdepartmental neuroscience doctoral candidate at Yale University.

Gianessi is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania from which she earned honors in both psychology and neuropsychology and from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland.

She chose Yale to do research and is studying schizophrenia and drug addiction.

She was awarded a Kavli Fellowship and was inducted into the inaugural class of the Gruber Science Fellows at Yale for top-achieving doctoral students in neurosciences, genetics and astrophysics. In addition to doing research, she has been a teaching assistant at Yale as well as a neuroscience outreach volunteer, leading interactive demonstrations in public and private high schools in New Haven with other Yale graduate students.

PEO Scholar Awards were established in 1991 to provide monetary awards to women of the United States and Canada who are within two years of earning a doctoral-level degree at an accredited institution. Nominations for this award come from local PEO chapters. Scholar Awards are competitive, merit-based awards recognizing academic excellence, achievements and potential for making significant contributions in a chosen field.

During the past 50 years, New Canaan PEO. Chapter N has raised more than $175,000 for PEO projects through fundraising efforts.