Who We Are

Message from Oregon Chapter's President, Joan Foley

New name, new website, new fiscal year!

Fall 2016 ARCS Oregon welcomes 26 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. 

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.”

Allison Fryer, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies School of Medicine, OHSU

"ARCS awards are hugely important to the graduate students at OHSU.  The financial awards help us to recruit the very best students into our programs.  Equally important, from the perspective of the students, the recognition provided by ARCS is tremendously encouraging, and the personal interactions with ARCS Foundation Oregon donors is something they remember long after the period of support."

Tara White Adams - The Lloyd W. Myers Scholar in Engineering

"It is such an honor to be recognized by an organization such as ARCS. I have met many wonderful, caring people through this experience, and it is very reassuring to know that I have the group’s support. I look forward to being associated with ARCS for a long time and contributing to the organization in the future, allowing future students the opportunities that I have. Having the scholar award, among other things, meant one less stress to deal with when the monthly bills came, allowing me to concentrate more fully on classes and lab work. Having the ARCS scholar award helped propel my research project to a level at which I could publish in peer-reviewed journals and present my results at international meetings, where my work has been recognized by the ISTH Young Investigator Award."