Sidney Kuo - The Cornelia H. Stevens Scholar
"As a fourth year graduate student, I have learned that the first three years of graduate school are crucial to the development of a good scientist. Over the last three years I found myself constantly learning new scientific techniques, wrestling with how to define important questions, thinking about how to design and undertake careful experiments, and figuring out how to interpret data. These lessons are hard enough to learn without having to worry about surviving on a graduate student stipend. With the support of my ARCS scholar award I was able to focus on the work at hand. My progress over the last three years is due in large part to the fact that I have been able to direct my attention and effort on my thesis research free of major financial concerns. Thanks to ARCS I am on track to successfully complete my Ph.D. and continue towards my ultimate goal of becoming a research scientist."