Who We Are


Message from Oregon Chapter President,
Joan Foley

New name, new website, new fiscal year!
Fall 2016 ARCS Oregon welcomes 27 first year scholars, our largest class ever.  There will be 69 PhD students receiving awards at the Scholar Awards Luncheon.  Underwriting for the luncheon is on track to exceed our target. Beginning my second year as president, I am even more amazed at the dedication of our membership, our donors, our university partners and our exceptional scholars to advancing science in America. The new website showcases the accomplishments of our stellar scholars and promises to be easy to navigate.


There will be a time when renewable energy is abundant and affordable, when cures for common diseases like cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and HIV/AIDS will be found, when clean water will be accessible by all and clean living will be ubiquitous, when mankind will be safe in the face of cataclysmic forces of nature. And the people who will make that happen are researching now to understand the root causes of problems and to apply their intelligence and ingenuity to answer the great questions in science, engineering and medicine. 

ARCS Foundation Oregon supports and nurtures young American women and men in doctoral programs at Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon State University and the University of Oregon to take on the science challenges of today and tomorrow. Oregonians are, by nature, pioneering and tenacious, looking for new ideas and ways of improving our lives.  More than 100 women in ARCS Foundation Oregon are drawn to the bright light generated by the brilliant students we are helping to attract to Oregon. 

ARCS Foundation Oregon is one of 16 ARCS Foundation Chapters nationwide, operating independently under the umbrella of ARCS Foundation National. The Oregon Chapter incorporated in 2004 and since then has awarded more than 175 scholar awards totalling $2.8 million.

Oregon is a land of lush landscapes, environmental conscientiousness, out-of-the-box thinking and fanatical foodies that spawns a welcoming populace, great neighborhoods, community activism and gargantuan local pride. The Oregon Chapter is an organization of generous friends fiercely determined to stimulate our intellectual curiosity.  We do that while advocating for groundbreaking discoveries and for placing American scientists at the forefront of their fields.  



Pierre Apostolides - The Cornelia H. Stevens Scholar

"“ARCS is important to me because it reminds me why I wanted to go to graduate school in the first place: Learning new things is very cool and exciting. An organization such as ARCS that exists for the sole purpose of promoting science shows that this passion for discovery is engrained in all of us whether or not we actively pursue a career in pure research. I would especially like to thank my sponsor Cornelia Stevens for her generosity, kindness and her strong interest in the advancement of science.”

Nate Klett – The Ellen & Mark Richardson Scholar

"ARCS support provided me the confidence necessary to be a scientist.  When my experiments aren't working or when I am overwhelmed by the complexity of nature, it's easy to feel worthless.  At times like these, it is helpful to think of the ARCS society and say to myself, "No-- you're not worthless-- rather, there's an entire body of people who think you're quite qualified."  Beyond this, ARCS gave me the chance to meet the lovely Richardsons, and understand OHSU from an entirely different perspective.”

Sean Smith - The Duncan and Cindy Campbell of the Campbell Foundation Scholar

"The ARCS award has taken away many of the financial concerns of graduate school so I can focus on the academic ones.  I'm glad I've had the chance to meet some of the students from OHSU and see what some of the other institutions in Oregon are doing.  I also enjoyed meeting the ARCS members.  It is really encouraging to see people so passionate about supporting research and with such a genuine interest in the well being of the students they support."