2017 Media Release


November 8, 2017

Scholar Awards Celebration
Honoring Excellence and Showcasing the Minds of the
Young Scholars Poised to Make Breakthroughs in STEM Research

San Francisco, CA – The Northern California Chapter of ARCS Foundation (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) will honor the accomplishments of outstanding Bay Area graduate science students. The annual Scholar Awards Celebration will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco.

“This annual gathering celebrates the year’s ARCS scholars, recognizes the ARCS donor community, and acknowledges our partner universities’ leadership. In addition to the scholars and university representatives, attendees include ARCS members, Bay Area philanthropists, leaders from the academic, civic and business communities, and supporters of science education,” says Christine Simpson Brent, President of the Northern California Chapter (NCC) of ARCS Foundation.

“This year’s ceremony celebrates current ARCS scholars from six universities in Northern California and provides an opportunity for informal discussions of their ground breaking research in a wide variety of important fields such as artificial intelligence, astronomy and astrophysics, environmental engineering and biotechnology,” noted Brent.

ARCS Foundation provides scholars in STEM disciplines with unrestricted financial awards. The 69 Bay Area graduate students who earned funding for the 2017 – 18 academic year pursue their advanced degrees at Stanford University, UCSF, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, and San Francisco State University. ARCS NCC is proud to support these outstanding young scientists at the seed stage of their research.

The Distinguished Scholar Alum Award for 2017 will be awarded to Jeremy Reiter, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Biochemistry and Biophysics Department at UCSF. Dr. Reiter will also be moderating a panel, “How Three Current ARCS Scholars Advance Science in America; What Really Goes on in Those University Labs?”

The Scholar Awards Celebration is underwritten by Wildcat Cove Foundation, The Kimball Foundation, First Republic Bank/Jo-Ann Rose, Bernstein/Peter Turner, CIBC Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management and Keith McWilliams/Evercore Management. Media sponsors are the San Francisco Business Times and Red Carpet Bay Area. The Honorary Event Chair is Gretchen Kimball, and the Event Chair is Deborah Mann.

To purchase tickets and find out more information, visit www.arcsnortherncalifornia.org.

About ARCS Foundation and the Northern California Chapter
ARCS Foundation is a national nonprofit volunteer women’s organization that promotes American competitiveness by supporting talented U.S. citizens working to complete degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and health disciplines at 52 of the nation’s leading research universities. Since 1958, the organization’s 15 regional chapters have awarded $106 million to 10,010 ARCS Scholars.

The Northern California Chapter of ARCS Foundation was founded in 1970 and has raised $19.7 million for 2,594 Bay Area scholars pursuing graduate degrees in a wide variety of fields such as chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy, mathematics, engineering, computer science, earth science, ecology, geology, epidemiology, and genetics.