2016 Scholars

ARCS Foundation Oregon is honored to present awards to these outstanding scholars chosen by the scholar selection committees at Oregon Health & Science University,  Oregon State University and the University of Oregon.

The ARCS Foundation Scholar Award is $18,000, payable over three years at $6,000 per year, with each award presented in the fall at the annual Scholar Awards Luncheon "Recognizing Genius."

Third Year Scholars

Our 20 third year scholars have reached their final year of funding from ARCS Foundation. Many have at least one to three more years before they complete their PhD programs. 

Kali Brandt
  • Al Reser/Anderson Family Scholar Award
  • Given by Pat Reser and Aletha & Chris Anderson
  • College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop Science, OSU
  • Research Interest: wheat breeding and genetics
Jacob Buchanan
  • ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • College of Science, Chemistry, OSU
  • Research Interest: developing and applying computational methods for various fields of chemistry
Phillip Carleton
  • Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. Scholar Award
  • College of Engineering, School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: optimization of networks, transportation and supply chain systems
Holly Corbitt
  • Roche/ARCS Foundation Scholar Award
  • School of Medicine, Molecular & Medical Genetics, OHSU
  • Research Interest: cardiovascular genetics, using bioinformatics and computational modeling to discover the genetic variants in the ciliome that contribute to AVSD
Jenna Curtis
  • Griff, Gripekoven, and Preble Scholar Award
  • Given by Laurie & Gary Griff, Hilary & Price Gripekoven, and Bettsy & Wally Preble
  • College of Agricultural Sciences, Fisheries and Wildlife, OSU
  • Research Interest: relationships between avian life history traits and community structure survival, and evolutionary biology, as well as how these relate to environmental conditions
Julia Doh
  • Peterson/Workman Scholar Award
  • Given by Adrianne & Lee Peterson and Leslie & Mark Workman
  • School of Medicine, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, OHSU
  • Research Interest: microbial pathogenecity and immunity
Margaret Exton
  • Jarvis/McGrath Scholar Award
  • Given by Anne & Peter Jarvis and Suzanne & Bernie McGrath
  • College of Engineering, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, OSU 
  • Research Interest: trigger mechanisms of tsunami, tsunami waveforms, impact on coastal structures and soils
Jeff Juozapaitis
  • ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • College of Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, OSU
  • Research Interest: artificial intelligence, machine learning and transfer learning
Joseph Leffler
  • Richardson Scholar Award
  • Given by Ellen and Mark Richardson
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: neural development
Haley Licon
  • James R. Kuse Family Foundation Scholar Award
  • School of Medicine, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, OHSU
  • Research Interest: immunology and infectious disease
Taylor Mighell
  • The Fairway Fund ARCS Endowed Scholar Award
  • Given by Susan & George Swindells Endowment
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: genetics of the developing nervous system
Luci Moore
  • Rodway/Branford Scholar Award
  • Given by Dianne Rodway & John Becker and Julie Branford & Terry Bernhardt
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: mapping the functional microcircuitry of the auditory system using electrophysiology as a way to study how the brain computes information
Ryan Mulqueen
  • Thomas J. Hammond Scholar Award
  • Given by Cheryl Hammond
  • School of Medicine, Molecular & Medical Genetics, OHSU
  • Research Interest: the genetic components of neurological disease and development
Chad Nixon
  • Dyess Scholar Award
  • Given by Kirby and Carl Dyess
  • College of Engineering, Nuclear Science and Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: experimental nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics
Erin Peck
  • The Pacific Scholar
  • Given by the Lyon Family
  • College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, OSU
  • Research Interest: coastal geochemistry
Hannah Rolston
  • Wells Fargo Scholar Award
  • College of Engineering, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: bioremediation of Industrial contaminants
Amy Williams
  • Roche/ARCS Foundation Scholar Award
  • School of Medicine, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
  • Research Interest: understanding and treating dysfunctions in learning and memory that cause disorders like PTSD and addiction
Jennifer Williams
  • Christiansen Family Scholar Award
  • Given by Liz & Gregg Christiansen
  • College of Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, OSU
  • Research Interest: wildlife monitoring and interdisciplinary research
Nathan Yoder
  • Bechen Family Foundation Scholar Award
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: the molecular mechanisms that underlie memory formation and information processing at the synapse
Second Year Scholars

Our 22 second year scholars represent a broad range of scientific interests. They also represent our Chapter's commitment to continually seek new academic partnerships.  This is the first class where our Chapter supported students at UO.

Samuel Berk
  • Hewitt Family Scholar Award
  • Given by Sharon and Henry Hewitt
  • School of Medicine, Program in Molecular & Cellular Biosciences, OHSU
  • Research Interest: elucidate mechanisms of extra cellular matrix regulation in relation to primary open angle glaucoma
Eran Brown
  • Rubinstein/Ames Scholar Award
  • Given by Deanne & Dick Rubinstein and Kathleen & Robert Ames
  • School of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, OHSU
  • Research Interest: cardiovascular disease, more specifically studying molecular mechanisms of atherosclerosis and developing therapies and detection methods targeted towards early stages of the disease
Patrick Clary
  • ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • College of Engineering, School of Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: control methods that will allow legged robots to be as agile and efficient as humans and animals
Susan Cooper
  • Josselyn Family Scholar Award
  • Given by Jill V. Josselyn
  • Department of Chemistry, UO
  • Research Interest: formation of iron oxide nanoparticles so they can be used in a wide variety of applications including water purification and cancer treatment
Claire Couch
  • Miner/Strickfaden & Pittman Award
  • Given by Geri & John Miner and Pam Strickfaden & Michael Pittman
  • College of Science, Integrative Biology, OSU
  • Research Interest: effect of social contacts and environmental overlap on African buffalo infections and microbiome composition
Holly Dixon
  • ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Molecular and Environmental Toxicology, OSU
  • Research Interest: personal chemical exposures in cohorts located in both New York and Oregon, and compares novel chemical sampling methods to other established exposure science technologies
Keith Earley
  • ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter 10th Anniversary Fund Scholar Award
  • School of Medicine, Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, OHSU
  • Research Interest: how mutations in pancreatic structural cells can promote pancreatic cancer growth and immune infiltration
Gretchen Engbring
  • Campbell Foundation Scholar Award
  • Given by The Campbell Foundation
  • College of Forestry, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, OSU
  • Research Interest: studies community forest enterprises in Mexico to understand the strategies they implement to maintain market competitiveness, as well as the tensions that may arise between such economic aims and other core purposes, including social and environmental goals
Suzi Frase
  • Beeler/Joseph SON Scholar Award
  • Given by Muffy & Bill Beeler and Kate Joseph & Tom Murray
  • School of Nursing, OHSU
  • Research Interest: preterm premature rupture of fetal membranes and potential predictive biomarkers to reduce the incidence of premature births
Samantha Friedrich
  • Harrison/Ridgley Scholar Award
  • Given by Janis & Bob Harrison and Marilyn & Bob Ridgley
  • School of Medicine, Program in Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
  • Research Interest: genes, brains, and behaviors of several bird families in order to shed light on the evolution and biological mechanisms underlying the rare trait of vocal learning
Caroline Glidden
  • Roche/ARCS Foundation Scholar Award
  • College of Science, Integrative Biology, OSU
  • Research Interest: resource fluctuations, co-infection, and ontogeny interact to drive inter and intra individual heterogeneity in African buffalo pathogen defense
Elizabeth Holzenthal

The Karen Irons Medicis Scholar Award

  • Given by Diane & Dick Alexander
  • College of Engineering, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: develops models of storm surge protection strategies, which can be integrated with environmental, social, and economic factors to enhance the resiliency of coastal communities
Katja Kasimatis
  • ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • Department of Biology, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, UO
  • Research Interest: evolution of male reproductive proteins to provide insight on the complex process of fertilization
Karin Kralicek
  • Stimson Lumber Company Scholar Award
  • Given by Stimson Lumber Company
  • College of Forestry, Department of Forest Engineering and Resource Management, OSU
  • Research Interest: potential impacts of a changing climate on tree species of the Pacific Northwest in order to aid land managers with the difficult decisions they face
Daniel Miller
  • Caron & Larry Ogg Endowed Scholar Award
  • Given by Caron & Larry Ogg
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: role of dystroglycan, a component of the extracellular matrix in central nervous system development
Rebecca Paustian
  • ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • College of Engineering, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: creates three-dimensional models of fluid flows through heterogeneous porous media
Peter Rindal
  • Marilyn Bergen Scholar Award
  • Given by Marilyn Bergen
  • College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, OSU
  • Research Interest: developing techniques for computing on encrypted data such as sensitive medical records distributed among several hospitals
Mariya Shapiro
  • Susan & William Smith Scholar Award
  • Given by Susan & William Smith
  • School of Medicine, Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, OHSU
  • Research Interest: how short-term treatment with HIV-specific antibodies may be able to prevent lifelong infection in infants exposed to HIV during birth and breastfeeding
Sheanna Steingass
  • Reiersgaard Scholar Award
  • Given by Julie & William Reiersgaard
  • College of Agricultural Sciences, Fisheries and Wildlife, OSU
  • Research Interest: predictive habitat modeling and spatial analysis to study the ecological role of Pacific harbor seals in estuaries, bays and marine reserves along the Oregon coast
Daniel Watkins
  • ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, OSU
  • Research Interest: global climate models and satellite observations to study the effects of changes in Arctic sea ice on the atmosphere
Nancy Williams
  • Meigs/Fish Scholar Award
  • Given by Laurie & Gilbert Meigs and Sally & Jerry Fish
  • College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, OSU
  • Research Interest: the Southern Ocean carbon cycle and its role in our Earth's climate using observations from autonomous biogeochemical profiling floats
Doug Zeppenfeld
  • ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: how neuromodulators, like norepinephrine and serotonin, shape the perception of sound
First Year Scholars

We welcome our 26 first year scholars at a picnic in September as we begin our journey together. 

Michael Crawford
  • ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UO
  • Research Interest: electron interactions in molecules; radial compounds

 

Jenny Firkins
  • Giesy/Pedersen Scholar Award
  • Given by Barbara Giesy and Patty Pedersen
  • School of Nursing, OHSU
  • Research Interest: quality of life issues with neuro oncology, bridging the gap between research and clinical practice, patient education
Dallas Foster
  • Emmerson Family Scholar Award
  • Given by Ann & Ron Emmerson
  • College of Science, Mathematics, OSU
  • Research Interest: numeral analysis focusing on partial differential equations and applications
Lucas Freiberg
  • Mark H. & Leslie M. Workman Scholar Award
  • Given by Leslie & Mark Workman
  • College of Engineering, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: clean energy, energy storage, "watersplitting"
Garth Gladfelder
  • OHSU Department of Radiation Medicine and OSU, College of Engineering, School of Nuclear Science & Engineering Scholar Award
  • Given by OHSU Department of Radiation Medicine
  • School of Nuclear Science and Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: plant response to radiation, biomonitoring, fate and transport of radionuclides
Gisela Abigail Gonzalez-Montiel
  • Goodwin/Rothschild Scholar Award
  • Given by Sheila A. & J. Michael Goodwin and Sara & Robert Rothschild
  • College of Science, Chemistry
  • Research Interest: organic chemistry
Cedric Hagen
  • ARCS Foundation Oregon Scholar Award
  • College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Research Interest: earth history and biosphere - geosphere interactions
Shannon Hennessy
  • ARCS Foundation Oregon Scholar Award
  • College of Science, Integrative Biology, OSU
  • Research Interest: marine invertebrate ecology; predator-prey interactions; eco-evolutionary responses to environmental variability; quantitative ecology
Paige Hovenga
  • Sally & Cecil Drinkward Scholar Award
  • Given by Sally Anne & Cecil W. Drinkward
  • College of Engineering, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: geomorphology and hydrodynamics as they relate to coastal hazards
Christal Johnson
  • Josephson Scholar Award
  • Given by Jean & Rich Josephson
  • College of Forestry
  • Research Interest: fire ecology, climate change
John Koberstein
  • Vaux Scholar Award
  • Given by Missy Vaux Hall
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Reseach Interest: development of synthetic biology tools and computational approaches for the study of neurological tissue
Alexandria Lassetter
  • James & Lila Miller Scholar Award
  • Given by Ted & Daisy Miller
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience, OHSU
  • Research Interest: neurobiology of disease
Calvin Lee
  • Lynn & Steve Pratt Scholar Award
  • Given by Lynn & Steve Pratt
  • College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, OSU
  • Research Interest: Analog to digital converters
Emily Leff
  • Patti & Becky Warner Scholar Award
  • Patti Warner & Becky Warner
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: neurobiological basis of neuropsychiatric disease and addiction
Jordan Lueras
  • Director/Nugent/Ragen Scholar Award
  • Given by Marcia & Alan Director, Sharon & Mike Nugent and Lee & Ron Ragen
  • School of Medicine, Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: neuroimaging, cognition, adolescent neurodevelopment and alcohol use
Thomas Navis
  • Harold Schnitzer Scholar Award
  • Given by The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation
  • School of Medicine, Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: neural mechanisms of drug-seeking and dependence; methods for preventing relapse; learning and memory from the genetic to behavioral level
Danielle Nelson
  • ARCS Foundation Oregon Scholar AWard
  • College of Ag Science, Fisheries and Wildlife, OSU
  • Reearch Interest: amphibians and communication networks, especially how the networks are disrupted by stressors
William "Bryce" Penta
  • The Silver Endowed Scholar Award
  • Given by Barbara & Philip Silver
  • College of Science, Microbiology, OSU
  • Research Interest: metabolic pathways of phytoplankton and environmental factors that limit or alter the functioning of these processes
Alexandra Quackenbush
  • OHSU ARCS Scholar Award
  • Given by Joan Foley & Per Jarnberg and Jane & Joe Gray
  • School of Medicine, Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology, OHSU
  • Research Interest: interaction between physiologically normal host biology and disease states, particularly tumor growth and dissemination
Amber Rolland
  • ARCS Foundation Oregon Scholar Award
  • Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UO
  • Research Interest: proteins (structure, function, folding, binding, interactions), mass spectrometry, biochemistry, anything directly related to human health
Matthew Slattery
  • Silver/OSU/ARCS Foundation Oregon University Matched Endowment
  • Given by Barbara & Philip Silver
  • College of Ag Science, Environmental Toxicology, OSU
  • Research Interest: fate, behavior, and toxicity of nanomaterials
Gail A. Stonebarger
  • Brodie Roberts Cunningham Memorial Scholar Award
  • Given by Lynn & Steve Pratt
  • School of Medicine, Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: sex hormones, sex differences, learning and memory, hippocampus-dependent learning
Erik Toraason
  • Anderson Family/UO/ARCS Foundation Oregon University Matched Endowment
  • Given by Jamie & Michael Anderson
  • Department of Biology, UO
  • Research Interest: how genetic regulation is related to the phenomenon of aging, and identifying mechanisms that could be targeted to alleviate aging phenoptypes
Jennifer Ventralla
  • Precision Castparts Scholar Award
  • College of Engineering, School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Research Interest: design optimization and usability of products and technology that can be used to improve the quality of life of people from developing countries
Sydney Weber
  • Swindells/OHSU/ARCS Foundation Oregon University Matched Endowment
  • Given by Susie & George Swindells
  • School of Medicine, Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: neurodegeneration, neurodegenerative diseases, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, learning and memory
Sophia Wensman
  • Ogg/OSU/ARCS Foundation Oregon University Matched Endowment
  • Given by Caron & Larry Ogg
  • College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Ocean Ecology & Biogeochemistry, OSU
  • Research Interest: biogeochemical cycling; developing U/Ca ratios in oyster shells as a geochemical tool for assessing pH changes related to ocean acidification