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.  



Ted Braun – Oregon Chapter Scholar

"By funding young scientists, ARCS is helping to ensure that scientific method and practice will continue to be strong in our country and continue to enrich our lives. The financial and moral support go a long way in keeping me focused on my goals, and allow me to continue to explore my dreams of improving human health. Scholar awards such as those provided by ARCS make it much easier for students to follow their calling and stay in academic science."

Megan Herting – The Shirley R. Kuse Scholar

“Being an ARCS scholar has meant a lot to me over the last three years, including being able to go home to Chicago for the holidays and being able to replace the car when our first car’s transmission blew after Christmas. But most importantly the ARCS scholar award allowed me to feel supported by the local community, to get to know my wonderful sponsors and their families (Thank you- Shirley Kuse and Carol Ehlen), and to have a peace of mind while focusing on my research and classes. Thank you seems like such a small phrase for all you are doing for us scholars, but thank you for your support the past three years!”

Eric Stoffregen - Oregon Chapter Scholar

"The ARCS scholar award is a great award to get as a graduate student.  Although we are fortunate to be paid a stipend while we're in school, it is a modest amount, leaving us behind many of our peers in other fields in terms of building up savings or retirement accounts.  The extra stipend support provided by ARCS helps a lot with paying bills, starting some savings while in graduate school, and generally taking away some of the economic stresses that being in graduate school can cause.  The ARCS award is a great incentive to entice students to come to OHSU, or a great way to reward those who have chosen to study here.  The ARCS support is definitely something that I am thrilled to have received and hope that their generous support continues to help out many other deserving students."