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Message from Oregon Chapter's President

Julie Branford


Message from Julie

In 2020-2021, we are faced with challenges and opportunities.  We were all taught that “necessity is the mother of innovation” so we have been expanding our use of video-teleconferencing and discovering it allows us to expand our audience for programs.  We will continue to offer more programs in the early evening timeframe, allowing our working members to participate.  Our main fundraising event in the fall is converted to an after-work time frame and held virtually.  Our Visioning Ad Hoc Committee continues its work, enabling our chapter to successfully adapt to future challenges.  This year will also be one of insight, in terms of exploring how our chapter can increase our membership’s racial diversity and can better support our scholars of color.

Our university partners continue to demonstrate that they are resilient, creative, and strong as they face the COVID disruptions of how classes can be taught and lab work can be done.  We are pleased that ARCS national approved 4 new programs, enabling us to grow our presence at OSU (Water Resources Engineering, Physics, and Horticulture) and UO (Human Physiology).  We look forward to having scholars in these programs.

Thank you for your ongoing dedication to supporting scholars in Oregon.  Now more than ever, science is the solution and our impact must continue.

About the Oregon Chapter

ARCS Foundation was launched shortly after Sputnik in the late 1950’s. Some concerned, philanthropic women approached the President of Cal Tech, asking what could be done to reassert U.S. leadership in science and engineering. The response: help fund early PhD candidates in science and engineering.  From that beginning, in one location, ARCS Foundation now has 15 chapters throughout the country.  ARCS Foundation Oregon is one of those chapters operating independently under the umbrella of ARCS Foundation, Inc. 

The Oregon Chapter is relatively new to the national network of ARCS chapters, but our members and leaders have led us into being one of the larger chapters, supporting a significant number of scholars.  To help advance science in America, we have supported over 301 PhD candidates with financial support of over $5 million since our Chapter was incorporated in 2004. We take great pride in our accomplishments.

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 130 women in ARCS Oregon are drawn to the bright light generated by the brilliant students we are helping to attract to Oregon. 

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. 

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. 

Why Kirby, a non-member, supports ARCS
"I support ARCS to emotionally and financially support those dedicated students that pursue a PhD in the sciences. These students are critical to the future of our country and our State as their discoveries form the basis of new technology that drives the economic growth and well-being of our State and Country. Seven out of every ten companies that are started happen due to a transfer of intellectual property from the work of top PhD's. Assuring the best and the brightest are financially able to complete their degree and discoveries is critical."