We are one of 15 ARCS Chapters dedictated to advancing science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding students who are U.S. citizens studying to complete PhD degrees in science, engineering, math, technology, and medical research at Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon State University, and the Univeristy of Oregon. Our Chapter is a group of over 120 women who are dedicated to the idea that "Science is the Solution."
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. These young students are taking on the science challenges of today and tomorrow. 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. We take great pride in our impact.
Now more than ever, "Science is the Solution" and our impact must continue. . .
2019 Scholars Awards Luncheon where we funded 70 ARCS Scholars
About ARCS National
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.
Julie Branford - ARCS Foundation Oregon President
"It is clear that Science is the Solution as our families, communities, and the world face significant challenges. We believe that science must lead the way in resolving the challenges our world faces, and we value your financial support to enable our impact to continue."
Kirby, a non-member, supports ARCS Scholars
"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."
Taylor Mighell, NGP Graduate Student, Presented with C.W. Cotterman Award
Taylor Mighell, NGP graduate student in Brian O'Roak's lab, was presented with C.W. Cotterman Award at the American Society of Human Genetics meeting in October. His donors are Susan and George Swindells.
Nate Yoder's Paper Published in Nature, International Journal of Science
Congratulations to NGP student, Nate Yoder on his new paper in Nature! For the first time, researchers in the Vollum Institute have determined the atomic structure of an acid-sensing ion channel (ASIC) in a resting state at high pH. His donor is the Bechen Family Foundation.
Elizabeth Holzenthal Receives Prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship
Congratulations to OSU College of Engineering, ARCS scholar Elizabeth Holzenthal, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, coastal and ocean engineering. Elizabeth was recently named a recipient of an NSF Graduate Fellowship, (GRFP). Elizabeth, a first year scholar, is working on a project aimed at contributing to the development of a new generation of natural hazard engineering. Her donors are Diane and Dick Alexander.
Kevin Watanabe-Smith Wins Statewide 3MT Competition
ARCS Scholar Kevin Watanabe-Smith, who studies cancer biology in Dr. Brian Druker's lab, took first place at the state's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Kevin was sponsored by the Allan Price Memorial ARCS Award.
ARCS Scholar Danielle Robinson Awarded 2016 Mozilla Fellowship for Science
Danielle Robinson, Ph.D. candidate in the OHSU School of Medicine Neuroscience Graduate Program, is one of four fellows selected worldwide to receive the Mozilla Fellowship for Science.
Her donors are Ellen and Mark Richardson.