Current Scholars

ARCS Oregon Supports 74 Scholars in 2020-2021

ARCS Oregon Supports 74 Scholars in 2020-2021

Generous Donors Contributed over $5 Million to Support 332 Scholars Since 2005

For 2021-2022 our Chapter is supporting a record number of 80 scholars: 24 at OHSU, 43 at OSU, and 7 at UO 

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.

Meet our 2018-2019 ARCS Scholars
Photo courtesy of Andie Petkus
Third Year Scholars

Our 22 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.  We will stay in touch, and we look forward to attending their dissertation defenses. We maintain contact with all of our alumni scholars and follow their progress throughout their careers, celebrating their achievements and publicizing their work.

Rachel Aber
  • The ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar
  • Given by ARCS Oregon Members
  • OSU, College of Science - Integrative Biology
  • About the Scholar: Rachael utilizes computational and statistical approaches to study viral ecology and evolution. Her primary research objective is to understand how drivers of pathogen spread and diversification operate at different scales to produce emergent properties of epidemics. Elucidating factors that contribute to epidemics (both those factors that operate at within-host scales and those that operate at between-host scales) will aid in informing disease control measures. Beyond her research, Rachael enjoys mountain biking and reading.
Sweta Adhikary
  • OHSU Department of Radiation Medicine Award
  • OHSU, School of Medicine - Neuroscience
  • About the Scholar: Sweta Adhikary studies adaptations that occur in single neuron level after chronic treatment with opioids. Using electrophysiology, she aims understand the mechanisms that contribute to tolerance after long-term opioid use. Understanding the molecular events that lead to tolerance is the first step in solving opioid addiction and preventing overdose death. Outside the lab, Sweta enjoys reading, running, hiking, and spending time with her cat, Yogi. 
Cara Appel
  • The Silver/OSU/ ARCS Foundation Oregon University Matched Endowment
  • Given by Barbara & Philip Silver
  • OSU, College of Agricultural Science - Wildlife Science, Fisheries and Wildlife Department
  • About the Scholar: Cara’s research is focused on applying artificial intelligence methods and novel technologies to wildlife research and conservation. She is working on a bioacoustics project to monitor the threatened northern spotted owl in forests of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a camera monitoring project in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Malawi. Passive monitoring methods allow researchers to assess the status of wildlife populations while minimally impacting the animals. Cara is an avid reader and enjoys exploring nature.
Dawn Barlow
  • Goodwin Scholar Award
  • Given by Sheila & Mike Goodwin
  • OSU, College of Agricultural Science - Marine Mammal Institute, Fisheries and Wildlife Department
  • About the Scholar: Dawn’s research interests are in the ecology and conservation of marine mammals, using tools such as spatial ecology and distribution modeling, bioacoustics, and oceanography. The focus of her doctoral research is on the ecology of blue whales in New Zealand, where new information on what drives blue whale habitat use patterns and how they overlap with human activities will inform conservation management in the region. Outside of work, Dawn can often be found in, on, or near the water—swimming, freediving, sailing, or walking on the beach with her dog, Quin. 
     
Novella Bates
  • Harold Schnitzer Scholar Award
  • Given by Arlene Schnitzer
  • OHSU, School of Medicine - Biomedical Engineering
  • About the Scholar: Novella studies potential therapeutic targets for treating medical device-induced thrombosis, which is pathological blood clotting on the surface of the device. There is a need for improvement of current clinical treatments, as they tend to have detrimental side effects. Her goal is to improve the quality of life for patients who have undergone open-heart surgery or those who have had stents placed. Outside of the lab, Novella enjoys knitting, making ceramics, baking, and kayaking. 
Danny Bejan
  • Silver Endowed Scholar Award
  • Given by Barbara & Philip Silver
  • OHSU, School of Medicine - Program Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
  • About the Scholar: Danny studies a group of enzymes called PARPs, which help cells respond to various stressors including DNA damage and viral infection. Recently, new PARP members have been shown to promote cancer; however, treatments are limited due to the lack of PARP inhibitors developed. Danny hopes the chemical probes he’s synthesizing will help us better understand the cellular function of PARPs and provide treatments for PARP-mediated diseases. Outside the lab, Danny enjoys playing tennis, drums, and spending time with family. 
Adrienne Chan
  • Anderson Family/OSU/ARCS Foundation Oregon University Matched Endowment
  • Given by Jamie & Michael Anderson
  • OSU, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences - Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry
  • About the Scholar: Adrienne’s research aims to better understand the role of shallow marine sediments and seafloor invertebrates on iron cycling on the Oregon continental margin using a combination of collected data and numerical modeling. Her work contributes to an ever-growing body of research that seeks to understand global marine iron cycling and how it drives marine ecosystems. When she’s not building models, Adrienne enjoys drawing, sketching, and a bit of karaoke.
Amelia Culp
  • Ragen, Nugent, Haigwood Award
  • Given by Lee & Ron Ragen, Sharon & Mike Nugent and Nancy Haigwood
  • OHSU, School of Medicine - Neuroscience
  • About the Scholar: Amelia studies norepinephrine neuronal networks in the whole mouse brain using fluorescent tags and whole brain imaging. This project increases the neuroscience community’s understanding of neuromodulation and neuronal wiring principles at the whole brain level. Additionally, norepinephrine is implicated in a host of psychiatric diseases. Amelia hopes that her research will one day help improve treatments for these diseases. Outside the lab, Amelia likes to rock climb, bike, backpack and trail run.
Maya Feezell
  • The Mary Martin Rosenberg Endowed Award
  • Given by the Mary Martin Rosenberg Estate
  • OSU, College of Science - Integrative Biology
  • About the Scholar: Maya focuses her research on how our oceans are being impacted by climate change. Her current work seeks to understand how Oregon’s tide pools will be affected by rising temperatures and whether these biological communities will look different in the coming decades. These results will help to inform lawmakers and coastal communities on how to best protect Oregon’s coastal habitats as the effects of climate change worsen. In her free time, Maya enjoys reading and hiking.
Heather Foote
  • ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • Given by ARCS Oregon Members
  • UO, Department of Biology
  • About the Scholar: Heather studies the developmental mechanisms that promote neural circuit assembly in the central nervous system (CNS). Using fruit flies, she studies how single neurons are guided to specific subregions within the CNS and connect to proper neuron partners. Through this research, she hopes to identify molecules that promote neurons to form functional neural circuits, to aid translation researchers in developing interventions for congenital neurodevelopmental diseases. Outside the lab, Heather enjoys painting and exploring the outdoors.       
Makayla Freitas
  • Vaux Scholar Award
  • Given by Missy Vaux Hall
  • OHSU, School of Medicine - Neuroscience Graduate Program
  • About the Scholar: Makayla is interested in ion channels and how they facilitate the transmission of signals in the nervous system. Specifically, she studies a family of ion channels that are gated by protons and are believed to play a role in pain sensation as well as psychiatric disorders. Her research works towards revealing the atomic structures and mechanism of these ion channels, which she hopes can aid in the development of therapeutic agents. In her spare time, Makayla likes to hike, travel, and spend time with her friends, family, and two kitties. 
Nathan Gardner
  • Lynn & Steve Pratt Scholar Award
  • Given by Lynn & Steve Pratt
  • OSU, College of Engineering - Mechanical, Industrial, & Manufacturing Engineering
  • About the Donors: Nathan is currently researching the mechanics of ignition in wildfires. He studies how living vegetation burns. This research is important because wildfires burn through not only dead wood in forests, but also through live foliage. Understanding how live foliage burns will allow us to create better fire models to predict how wildfires will behave. When not in the lab, Nathan can be found outdoors running and hiking, or inside with a book and a snack.
Lara Jacobs
  • ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • Given by ARCS Foundation Oregon Members
  • OSU, College of Forestry - Forest Ecosystems & Society
  • About the Scholar: Lara’s dissertation focuses on the ecological and pathogenic impacts of outdoor recreation on Tribal treaty lands managed by the National Park Service. Her research provides the first cultural focus in recreation ecology, expands recreation impacts to the microbial level, increases the nascent recreation literature relevant to marine environments, and provides information about how outdoor recreation may impact Tribal subsistence foods. Lara is a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation.
Stephen Kristy
  • ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • Given by ARCS Foundation Oregon Members
  • OSU, College of Engineering - Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • About the Scholar:  Stephen studies catalytic technologies used for after-treatment abatement in diesel vehicle exhaust systems. He studies the properties of bimetallic alloys made of Palladium and Copper to understand the mechanisms in place which allow these alloys to oxidize pollutants at lower temperatures compared to conventional catalysts. His goal is to develop low temperature oxidation design parameters for all oxidation catalysts. Stephen enjoys fishing, camping, and getting outside with his dog when not in the lab. 
M. Kelsey Lane
  • Ogg/OSU/ARCS Foundation Oregon University Matched Endowment
  • Given by Caron & Larry Ogg
  • OSU, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences - Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry
  • About the Scholar: Kelsey studies the ecology and microbial interactions of tiny marine plankton called foraminifera across the Pacific. She regularly goes to sea in research vessels. Her research has implications for our understanding of climate change because foraminifera are used to reconstruct the climate of ancient oceans. When not in the lab or in the field, she likes to mountain bike, ski, hike, paddle and enjoy the Oregon outdoors. Kelsey is also plays fiddle and viola.
Brittany Lasher
  • ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • Given by ARCS Foundation Oregon Members
  • OSU, College of Science - Biochemistry/Biophysics
  • About the Scholar: Brittany is interested in understanding the complexities of RNA by connecting its structure to function. In her research, she develops computational tools to analyze RNA by comparing and clustering RNA structures. This will enable identification of new binding sites within the human transcriptome, which could be vital for advancements in the development of new therapeutics. When Brittany isn’t in the lab, she is either camping or hiking through the PNW with her two beautiful dogs. 
Julie Liu
  • Sally & Cecil Drinkward Scholar Award
  • Given by Sally Anne & Cecil Drinkward
  • OSU, College of Engineering - School of Civil and Construction Engineering
  • About the Scholar: Julie’s research focuses on developing methods to simulate the behavior of mass timber buildings in fire scenarios. These simulations will supplement physical tests and analytical calculations to help engineers better understand how to design timber structures for fire safety. Outside the lab, Julie enjoys hiking, reading sci-fi, and being active in the OSU chapter of Out in STEM, a student organization for LGBT+ students in STEM.
Eve Lowenstein
  • Lindgren Family Scholar Award
  • Given by Marilyn & John Lindgren
  • OHSU, School of Medicine - Program Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
  • About the Scholar: Eve is interested in the regulation of nuclear organization throughout aging and how this influences neurodegenerative diseases.  Her research focuses on the genetic mechanisms of frontotemporal dementia using the common fruit fly to model disease progression.  Her goal is to identify key therapeutic targets for further studies in advanced model systems with the goal of slowing disease progression.  Outside of the lab, Eve enjoys sewing, swimming and playing with her dog Olive.
Michelle Palumbo
  • Brodie Roberts Cunningham Memorial Scholar Award
  • Given by Lynn & Steve Pratt
  • OHSU, School of Medicine - Behavioral Neuroscience
  • About the Scholar: Michelle is working on developing microRNA therapeutics to benefit people with schizophrenia. Michelle loves to spend time exploring in the mountains with her dog, Kane.
Alexa Pullicin
  • ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • ARCS Foundation Oregon Members
  • OSU, College of Agricultural Science - Food Science and Technology Department
  • About the Scholar: Alexa is investigating the oral sensory mechanisms underlying cephalic phase insulin release in humans, specifically in response to tasting carbohydrates. This response occurs within minutes of sensory stimulation, and is thought to promote blood glucose homeostasis. Her research will offer insight on a potential role of the human taste system in blood sugar regulation and its therapeutic potential. Outside of lab, Alexa enjoys traveling, crafting, video games, and watching horror movies.
Sierra Smith
  • OHSU ARCS Scholar Award
  • Given by Joan Foley & Per Jarnberg and Jane & Joe Gray
  • OHSU, School of Medicine - Neuroscience
  • About the Scholar: Sierra’s uses microRNA (miRNA) biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) to evaluate novel disease mechanisms. MiRNAs, which target mRNAs to regulate protein translation, are changed in AD. She developed a bioinformatics pipeline to predict miRNA targets and has now focused on investigating how miRNAs can affect clathrin-mediated endocytosis in specific brain cell types affected by AD. Outside of lab, Sierra enjoys cooking, enjoying the outdoors with friends and spending time with her cat Delilah
Erik Wislinsky
  • The ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • Given by ARCS Foundation Oregon Members
  • OSU, College of Engineering, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • About the Scholar: Erik is developing biodegradable adhesive tapes using plant and vegetable oils and environmentally friendly synthesis techniques. By using a unique chemical component of hempseed oil, Erik developed a new polymerization process for a soy bean/hempseed oil adhesive that no longer requires petroleum-based additives. The final product is completely renewable, and inherently biodegradable. Erik hopes that these developments will help to reduce the great amounts of petroleum-based plastic products that plague our lands and oceans. Outside of school, Erik can be found long-boarding around town, making music, attending concerts, and traveling.
Second Year Scholars

Our 26 second-year scholars represent a broad range of scientific interests. They also represent our chapter's commitment to partner with the outstanding research programs of our three universities. ARCS Oregon now supports students at OHSU in two schools, at Oregon State University in six colleges, and at the University of Oregon in three departments. There is a rigorous application and review process for these programs to be approved by ARCS Foundation National. We are proud to support and associate with the varied and highly-ranked PhD programs in our state.

Ashley Anderson
  • The OHSU School of Medicine Scholar Award
  • Given by Sharon Anderson
  • OHSU, School of Medicine - Program in Biomedical Sciences
  • Research interest: Ashley's research focuses on understanding how tumor cells metastasize and how their presence in the blood can be used as a biomarker for disease progression and response to therapy for patients with colorectal cancer.
Esther Bass
  • The Fischer/OSU/ARCS Foundation Oregon University Matched Endowment
  • Given by Nancy & Dodd Fischer
  • OSU, College of Forestry - Wood Science & Engineering
  • Research interest: Esther studies the performance of seismically resilient timber building systems to work towards advancing sustainable and effective solutions for building the future.
Teva Bracha
  • The Julie & Bill Headley and Adrianne & Lee Peterson Scholar Award
  • Given by Julie & Bill Headley and Adrianne & Lee Peterson
  • OHSU, School of Medicine - Neuroscience Graduate Program
  • Research interest: Teva studies how neurons in the retina develop subtype specific morphologies needed for visual function.
Karleigh Bradbury
  • The Susan and William Smith Family Trust Scholar Award
  • Given by Susan & Bill Smith
  • UO, Department of Human Physiology
  • Research interest: Karleigh studies the influence of exercise and various environmental stressors on cardiopulmonary physiology. 
Lena Breuer
  • The Walsh Construction Co. Scholar Award
  • Given by Walsh Construction Co.
  • OSU, College of Engineering - Civil and Construction Engineering
  • Research interest: Lena develops novel transportation network designs in the passenger car driving simulator and runs experiments using eye-tracker and GSR equipment to study human behavior in terms of visual perception and cognitive processes.
Amy Chan
  • The Joan & Bill Bailey Scholar Award
  • Given by Joan & Bill Bailey
  • OHSU, School of Medicine - Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program
  • Research interest: Amy is using a mouse-model to study the neural circuitry changes that occur following binge-like alcohol consumption.
Kayla Clements
  • The Christiansen Family Trust Scholar Award
  • Given by Christiansen Family Trust
  • OSU, College of Engineering - Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • Research interest: Kayla is developing uncertainty quantification methods for stochastic Monte Carlo radiation transport problems, which may then be applied to a host of stochastic radiation problems.
Nick D'Antona
  • The ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • Given by ARCS Foundation Oregon Members
  • UO, Department of Chemistry
  • Research interest: Nick is studying the kinetics and mechanism of ion transfer at the liquid/liquid interface, which will aid in understanding fundamental aspects of battery operation and performance
Kim Engeln
  • The Fairway Fund ARCS Endowed Scholar Award
  • Given by Susan & George Swindells
  • OHSU, School of Medicine - Neuroscience Graduate Program
  • Research interest: Kim studies the pathological neuronal plasticity triggered by withdrawal from chronic opioid use that leads to long lasting drug cravings and relapse.
Amy Glen
  • The Ashford/Jarvis Scholar Award
  • Given by Meleah & Scott Ashford and Anne & Peter Jarvis
  • OSU, College of Engineering - Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Research interest: Amy's research is focused on data integration and edge prediction in biomedical knowledge graphs with the aim of advancing translational reasoning efforts such as drug repurposing.
Krista Habing
  • The Wallace & Elizabeth Preble Scholar Award
  • Given by Bettsy & Wally Preble
  • OHSU, School of Medcine - Biomedical Engineering
  • Research interest: Through two projects, Krista's work is improving our understanding of muscle healing by investigating the relationships between cardiovascular disease and age related muscle loss along with the impairment of healing that is seen in concurrent bone-muscle injuries.
Felisha Imholt
  • The Jill V. Josselyn Endowed Scholar Award in Science
  • Given by the Jill V. Josselyn Estate
  • OSU, College of Science - Biochemistry & Biophysics
  • Research interest: Felisha studies the ferlin family of proteins in order to better understand how these proteins contribute to deafness and muscular dystrophy.
Jordan Jimmie
  • The ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • Given by ARCS Foundation Oregon Members
  • OSU, College of Agricultural Sciences -Biological & Ecological Engineering
  • Research interest: Jordan is constructing a groundwater hydrogeologic model to simulate an aquifer recharge project on the Toppenish Creek watershed in the Yakima Nation; to understand the flow benefits for culturally significant migratory fish.
Shanjida Khan
  • The Wayne & Julie Drinkward Scholar Award
  • Given by Julie & Wayne Drinkward
  • OHSU, School of Medicine - Biomedical Engineering
  • Research interest: Shanjida's work involves developing high-resolution retinal imaging systems that utilizes a non-invasive imaging technique, optical coherence tomography (OCT), to monitor eye health in clinical research.
Lindsay Millward
  • The Sue Hitselberger & Pat Reser Scholar Award
  • Given by Sue Hitselberger & Pat Reser
  • OSU, College of Agricultural Sciences - Fisheries & Wildlife
  • Research interest: Lindsay studies how movement, behavior, and nutrition impact disease transmission and risks in desert bighorn sheep in the Mojave desert. 
Michelle Ozaki
  • The Bechen Family Foundation Scholar Award
  • Given by Missy & Peter Bechen through Bechen Family Foundation
  • OHSU, School of Medicine - Moelcular & Cellular Biosciences
  • Research interest: Michelle studies the role of fibroblasts in liver metastatic spread in postpartum breast cancer.
Kalika Pai
  • The Jill V. Josselyn/UO/ARCS Foundation Oregon Univerity Matched Endowment
  • Given by Jill V. Josselyn Estate
  • UO, Department of Chemistry
  • Research interest: Kalika is using single molecule fluorescence techniques to study the structure and dynamics of heart-specific long noncoding RNAs that are involved in conditions involving cardiac stress.
Gilia Patterson
  • The UO Biology Scholar Award
  • Given by Anonymous Donor
  • UO, Department of Biology
  • Research interest: Gilia develops mathematical models and simulations to understand how populations of organisms and the genetic variation within them are distributed across a landscape and how the distribution changes over many generations.
Margaret Redick
  • The Thomas J. Hammond Scholar Award
  • Given by Cheryl Hammond
  • OSU, College of Pharmacy - Medicinal Chemistry
  • Research interest: Margaret is studying deep sea methane seeps as sources of biologically active natural products.
Bryce Rogers
  • The Jean & Richard Josephsen/OSU/ARCS Foundation Oregon Univerity Matched Endowment
  • Given by Jean & Richard Josephsen
  • OSU, College of Engineering - Biological Engineering
  • Research interest: Bryce is coding and characterizing models of human vision and speech perception, in order to better understand the underlying neuropsychology of those phenomena.
Diana Ruggiero
  • The ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • Given by the ARCS Foundation Oregon Members
  • OSU, College of Agricultural Sciences - Botany & Plant Pathology
  • Research interest: Diana is researching how the genetic pathways of plant vascular development underpin the anatomical machinery of different forms of photosynthesis.
Michael Sieler
  • The ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • Given by the ARCS Foundation Oregon Members
  • OSU, College of Science - Microbiology
  • Research interest: Michael is investigating the underlying mechanisms of how the gut microbiome mediates its host's health.
Kyle Smith
  • The ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • Given by the ARCS Foundation Oregon Members
  • OSU, College of Science - Chemistry
  • Research interest: Kyle studies metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for sensing applications including the detection of drugs and pollutants.
Brooklyne Thompson
  • The ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • Given by the ARCS Foundation Oregon Members
  • OSU, College of Engineering - Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Research interest: Brooklyne studies the effect of electronic metal-support interactions on catalytic behavior.
Olivia Williams
  • The Elisabeth & Peter Lyon Scholar Award
  • Given by Elisabeth & Peter Lyon
  • OSU, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences - Geology
  • Research interest: Olivia studies noble gases in ice cores, which may be used to identify past melting events and thus track past climate change. 
Rachel Wofford
  • The Sue & Bernie McGrath/OSU/ARCS Foundation Oregon University Matched Endowment
  • Given by Sue & Bernie McGrath
  • OSU, College of Science - Mathematics
  • Research interest: Rachel is studying and developing machine-learning models to predict cancer outcomes.
First Year Scholars

Our academic partner institutions - OHSU, OSU, and UO - select students who match the crtiteria of our scholar awards. Each winter our chapter notifies the universities of the number of awards that will be available for the upcoming year. The universities factor the awards into their recruitment packages as they offer admission to top students, and they let us know who our new scholars will be over the summer. We welcome our first year scholars at a picnic in September. This year we are getting to know the 31 new students supported by our members and donors.

Stephanie Alvardo
  • The Gigi & David Ditz and Sandy Vivas & Bridget Belgiovine Scholar Award
  • Given by Gigi & David Ditz and Sandy Vivas & Bridget Belgiovine
  • OSU, College of Agricultural Sciences - Food Science and Technology
  • Research interest: Food Safety and Public Health
Sarah Beethe
  • The Meigs Family Scholar Award
  • Given by Laurie McDonald Meigs
  • OSU, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science - Geology
  • Research interest: Hot spot volcanism, large igneous provinces, isotope geochemistry, mantle plum dynamics, and plate tectonics
Clara Bird
  • The Norb & Ann Wellman Scholar Award
  • Given by Christine Whipple Farrington & Carl Farrington
  • OSU, College of Agricultural Sciences - Marine Mammal Institute
  • Research interest: Using drones to study the behavioral ecology and health of gray whales foraging off the Oregon coast
Michael Branco-Katcher
  • The Kathleen Ames ARCS Foundation Oregon Scholar Award Endowment
  • Given by Kathleen & Robert Ames
  • OSU College of Engineering - Nuclear Science & Engineering
  • Research interest: Radiation transport through materials, and material radiation interactions
Rand Burnette
  • The ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • Given by ARCS Foundation Oregon Members
  • OSU, College of Science - Physics
  • Research interest: Large scale physics such as cosmology, dark matter, dark energy and general relativity
Erwin Cornelius
  • The Bergen/Kern Scholar Award
  • Given by Marilyn Bergen & Mary Kristen Tooze Kern
  • OSU, College of Science - Mathematics
  • Research Interest: Machine learning methods, in particular random forests and neural networks and their applications to biological data
William Crow
  • The Jill V. Josselyn Endowed Scholar
  • Given by Jill V. Josselyn
  • UO, Department of Biology
  • Research interest: Developmental and cellular biology
Grace Diehl
  • The Ogg Family ARCS Foundation Oregon Scholar Award Endowment
  • Given by Caron & Larry Ogg
  • OSU, College of Engineering - Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
  • Research interest: To develop a coalition formation algorithm that will scale to robotic collectives
Aaron Eisen
  • The Giesy Family ARCS Foundation Oregon Scholar Award Endowed Fund
  • Given by Barbara Giesy
  • OHSU, School of Nursing
  • Research interest: Exploration of self-regulation in the context of health behaviors through interactions between our environment, biology, and behaviors to support disadvantaged populations
Deanna Flynn
  • The ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • Given by ARCS Foundation Oregon Members
  • OSU, College of Engineering - Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Research interest: Autonomous and creative problem solving, and cognitive robots
Haylie Helms
  • The Hewitt Family ARCS Foundation Oregon Scholar Award Endowed Fund
  • Given by Sharon & Henry Hewitt
  • OHSU, School of Medicine -Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program
  • Research interest: Cardiovascular tissue engineering/regenerative
Jaquan High
  • The Sally & Jerry Fish and Elise McClure Scholar Award
  • Given by Sally & Jerry Fish and Elise McClure
  • OSU, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences - Geology
  • Research interest: Benthic biota-sediment interactions, sediment biogeochemistry, aboveground-belowground interactions, community assemblages, bioturbation and bioirrigation
Melanie Kascoutas
  • The ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • Given by ARCS Foundation Oregon Members
  • UO, Department of Chemistry
  • Research interest: Organic chemistry and organometallics
Lucas Kolanz
  • The Beth Ray ARCS Foundation Oregon Scholar Award Endowment
  • Given by Edward J. Ray
  • OSU, College of Science - Physics
  • Research Interest: Computational physics, “Atomic, Molecular, and Optical” physics, biophysics, condensed matter theory and astrophysics
Tetiana Korzun
  • The Karen Irons Medicis Memorial Scholar Award
  • Given by Diane & Dick Alexander
  • OHSU, School of Medicine - Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program
  • Research interest: Immune metabolomics, nanotechnology and nanomedicine for cancer treatment
Milana Krush
  • The Cunningham/Harrison Scholar Award
  • Given by Lara Cunningham and Janis & Bob Harrison
  • OHSU, School of Medicine - Neuroscience Graduate Program
  • Research interest: Neuroplasticity, traumatic brain injury recovery, and neurodegenerative disorders
Hillary Le
  • The Branford/Gordon Scholar Award
  • Given by Julie Branford and Diana & Steve Gordon
  • OHSU, School of Medicine - Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program
  • Research interest: The role of the endocannabinoid system in cardiovascular dysfunction
Mason Lyons
  • The Emmerson Family ARCS Foundation Oregon Scholar Award Endowment
  • Given by Ann & Ron Emmerson
  • OSU, College of Engineering - Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering
  • Research interest: Battery technology with focus in sustainable materials
Madelyn McAndrew
  • The ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • Given by ARCS Foundation Oregon Members
  • UO, Department of Biology
  • Research interest: The neural processing of sensory systems, particularly the auditory system
Noah Milman
  • The Silver Family ARCS Foundation Oregon Scholar Award Fund
  • Given by Barbara & Philip Silver
  • OHSU, School of Medicine - Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Graduate Program
  • Research interest: Modifiable risk factors in development and neurodegeneration, specifically chronic stress in development and sleep in late adulthood and Alzheimer’s disease
Marin Miner
  • The ARCS Foundation Oregon 10th Anniversary OHSU Scholar Award Endowed Fund
  • Given by ARCS Oregon Members
  • OHSU, School of Medicine - Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences
  • Research interest: Intestinal epithelial diseases, IBD, IBS, microbial host interactions, specifically in the human gut
Kayla Nguyễn
  • The Dyess Family ARCS Foundation Oregon Scholar Award Endowed Fund
  • Given by Kirby & Carl Dyess
  • OHSU, School of Medicine - Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences
  • Research interest: Immuno-oncology research
Sunni Patton
  • The Jill V. Josselyn Endowed Scholar Award
  • Given by Jill V. Josselyn
  • OSU, College of Science - Microbiology
  • Research interest: Coral microbiomes to better understand the effects of environmental and anthropogenic stressors
James Puerini
  • The ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • Given by ARCS Foundation Oregon Members
  • OSU, College of Forestry - Forest Ecosystems and Society
  • Research interest: The disproportionate impact of catastrophic wildfire on historically disenfranchised communities
Emily Reder
  • The Foley/Jarnberg and Joseph/Murray Scholar Award
  • Given by Joan Foley & Per Jarnberg and Kate Joseph & Tom Murray
  • OHSU, School of Nursing
  • Research interest: Ecopsychology as it pertains to health outcomes of the terminally and/or chronically ill, and biophilic design in hospital environments
Kate Rivera
  • The ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • Given by ARCS Foundation Oregon Members
  • OSU College of Engineering - Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
  • Research interest: Development and integration of energy storage technologies to increase the reliability and competitiveness of current renewable energy systems
Rachel Robinson
  • The Kenda and Ken Singer ARCS Foundation Oregon Scholar Award Endowment
  • Given by Kenda & Ken Singer
  • UO, Department of Human Physiology
  • Research interest: Biomechanical risk factors of running-related injury to inform injury prevention and develop best practices for injury management
Nicole Sagui
  • The ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter Scholar Award
  • Given by ARCS Foundation Oregon Members
  • UO, Department of Chemistry
  • Research interest: Electrochemistry, heterogeneous catalysis, sustainable fuels
Sabina Siddiqui
  • The Sheila & Mike Goodwin ARCS Foundation Oregon Scholar Award Endowment
  • Given by Sheila & Mike Goodwin
  • OSU, College of Agricultural Sciences - Marine Mammal Institute
  • Research interest: Animal communication, bioacoustics, marine mammal science and conservation
Hannah Stuwe
  • The Bangsund Scholar Award
  • Given by Lynne & David Bangsund
  • OSU, College of Science - Chemistry & Biophysics
  • Research interest: Protein biophysics, nuclear magnetic resonance, organic synthesis, and natural product chemistry
Jed Syrenne
  • The Ogg Family ARCS Foundation Oregon Scholar Award Endowed Fund
  • Given by Caron & Larry Ogg
  • OHSU, School of Medicine - Neuroscience Graduate Program
  • Research interest:  The structure/function relationship of ion channels