The Oregon Chapter annually supports about 22-25 first-year PhD candidates through bequests, endowed funds, donors, member assessment, and chapter fundraising.
The chapter president notifies the universities regarding how many awards will be available for each of the approved programs. Each university establishes a Scholar Selection Committee for the purpose of selecting top PhD candidates to attend their institutions.
ARCS Oregon expects awards to be used primarily for recruitment unless otherwise approved by ARCS Oregon.
ARCS Oregon members do not review candidates records or select the candidates for the Scholar Awards.
To be eligible to receive an ARCS Scholar Award, candidates must:
Be a U.S. citizen
Have a minimum entering GPA of 3.5
Be enrolled full-time, majoring in fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medical research
As unrestricted awards, funds may be used in any way that advances scholars' research.
The ARCS Scholar Award has been so helpful to me. When my partner first moved out here to join me, it was very hard to find a job in Eugene for several months, and the ARCS Scholar Award kept us afloat during that time when finances were very tight. Receiving the ARCS Scholar Award has meant not having to worry about finances and being able to keep my focus on my academic work and research in pursuit of furthering my education and career. I will forever be thankful to the ARCS Foundation for the tremendous support they give to graduate students like me!
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.