Scholars

ARCS scholars have

  • founded more than
  • 330
  • science-related
  • companies
  • Been awarded
  • more than
  • 1,000
  • patents
  • Been awarded
  • more than
  • $918M
  • In Subsequent
  • Grant Funding
  • Authored
  • more than
  • 27,500
  • articles in
  • refereed journals
  • Founded more than
  • 330
  • science-related
  • companies

  • Been awarded
  • more than
  • 1,000
  • patents

  • Been awarded
  • more than
  • $918M
  • In Subsequent
  • Grant Funding

  • Authored
  • more than
  • 27,500
  • articles in
  • refereed journals

ARCS Foundation Scholars are well known throughout academia and industry for their contributions to American innovation and entrepreneurship. They’re also known for their commitment to mentoring young people with an interest in science and math, toward ensuring the robust STEM pipeline that’s essential to America’s future.

THE ARCS AWARD IS UNIQUE

ARCS awards are made directly to scientists pursuing advanced degrees in science, engineering and medical research. Selected in consultation with uppermost ranked departments at ARCS academic partner universities, ARCS award recipients decide how best to use award funds to pursue their academic and research goals.

Funding is increasingly rare for promising minds in earlier career stages, and flexible grants like the ARCS award enable the confidence, creativity and innovation that is essential to success.

Results from a 2013 survey of ARCS award recipients show that 89% of all ARCS scholars believe the ARCS award to be of significant or extremely significant importance to them during their education. In many cases, the award was decisive to a student’s ability to continue his/her studies. 63% stated that the award was significant or extremely significant in its eventual contribution to their future careers in academia, industry, social impact and government.

in their own words

The ARCS award has allowed me to prioritize my coursework and research in a way that would not otherwise be possible. I estimate that without it, I would be working well upwards of 20 hours a week in addition to my scholarly activities and the quality of my work would necessarily suffer. Truly, of any academic recognition I have ever received, the ARCS award is what I am most proud of.

Cassidy Kelly

San Francisco State University

With each passing year I become more aware of how indebted I am to the ARCS award. It has allowed me to focus on my graduate research without concern for funding, and more importantly, it is a constant reminder that someone believes in me and the work I am doing. It is the collective contributions of both the donors and the scholars that define the success of ARCS. Without one, the other would not exist.

Owen Hurd

Stanford University

With your support, I do not have to worry about funding my studies as I acclimate to my new campus and graduate school. I am able to have more independence in choosing my research and can study and contribute to an area that I am passionate about because it is socially relevant science. In the future, I hope to inspire other young scientists to pursue STEM careers.

Willie Mae Reese

University of California, Berkeley

I would like to thank you for your support of the graduate student community, even in the midst of such a dire economic climate. Your altruism has allowed me to contribute meaningfully to the field of neurotoxicity by participating in the publication of a second-author manuscript and presenting a poster at a national conference. The ARCS award has provided invaluable financial support that lets me focus entirely on my work.

Christopher Barnhart

University of California, Davis

My project in particular uses a very new piece of technology, with which I can control the behavior of proteins at a subcellular level using light. I often describe projects like mine as “high risk, high reward.” These are the kind of projects that move science forward, both by increasing our understanding of biology and by changing the way we work. However, not everyone has the freedom to pursue this type of project…Having funding from the ARCS Foundation gives me this freedom.

Anna Payne-Tobin

University of California, San Francisco

As I finish my thesis on coral reef research in the ocean sciences, these generous funds have allowed me to focus solely on my dissertation. As a new mom, this focus is extremely valuable, and allows me to spend my spare moments at home with my son rather than putting in extra hours toward my stipends and fees. Your award has helped me achieve a positive work-life balance, something many female scientists strive to attain!

Elizabeth Crook

University of California, Santa Cruz