PBS club life

Volunteering, connecting to others with shared interests, participating in projects, and building an organization sustainable for future students – representatives of PBS clubs discuss what PBS club life is about.


Every Sunday afternoon you will find PBS members of Nu Rho Psi, the National Honor Society in Neuroscience in Ballantine Hall building Narcan kits supplied by the Indiana Recovery Alliance. The kits contain the medical supplies to reverse opioid overdoses.

“The best part about putting the kits together,” says Nu Rho Psi president at PBS, Prabhvir Lakhan, “is that every one of those kits can save a life.” But the activity also brings club members together, giving them a purpose, a place, and a time to talk and get to know each other.

Lakhan is a junior neuroscience major from Avon, Indiana who joined Nu Rho Psi as a sophomore, serving on the executive board as web chair, then as vice president, before becoming president this year. It’s a relatively new organization, founded nationally in 2006 with the IU chapter in PBS established in 2018. As a national honor society, Nu Rho Psi requires a G.P.A of 3.6 and is a department-based club of about 40 members. Meetings take place biweekly and often include faculty research talks.

Gamma chapter members of the Nu Rho Psi National Honor Society in Neuroscience
Nu Rho Psi at ScienceFest
Newly inducted members of Nu Rho Psi
Nu Rho Psi members at Grandview Elementary for STEM Night

The PBS chapter had to be restarted after COVID. “Now we’re starting to get off the ground,” says Lakhan, citing several activities that he is especially proud of, among them, a trip to Grandview Elementary School for an “engagement night” organized by PBS Teaching Professor Lisa Thomassen, in which the Psychology Club and PBS Professor Emily Fyfe’s Learning, Education and Development Lab also took part.

Lakhan draws on his experience as a former member of MEDLIFE, an IU medical volunteering club, and has a number of ideas he is eager to implement. He is eager, for example, to make it possible for club members to get CPR-certified. Members also work at ScienceFest, a one-day festival for IU science departments to engage with children, parents, and others in the Bloomington community.

Lakhan is a premed majoring in neuroscience, who also has a strong interest in psychology. This has led him to work on research with PBS Research Scientist Lauren Rutter on anxiety, depression and affect variability. He is beginning to plan a PBS Honors Thesis project on the topic of how bodily symptoms intersect with symptoms of anxiety and depression. “I want my education to mirror the important overlap between psychology and neuroscience,” he says, “because at the end of the day it can lead to better research and treatment to recognize both chemical and social mechanisms at work in depression and anxiety.” 

We all need to keep building brick by brick for the future

– Prabvhir Lakhan, president of Nu Rho Psi

With respect to the club, “We all need to keep building brick by brick for the future,” he says, and gives a major shoutout above all to the executive board, “a fantastic group of people.” He sees the entire effort, however, as a kind of pyramid, which works because both general club members and the executive board, not to mention its president, all give 100%.