2018 Media Release

2018 ARCS Symposium

May 7, 2018

ARCS Northern California Celebrates Minds of the Future
Symposium will feature posters and oral presentations from STEM disciplines

Menlo Park, Calif., May 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Northern California Chapter (NCC) of  ARCS® Foundation  is preparing to Meet the Minds of the Future.  On Monday, May 7, ARCS NCC will host the 2018 ARCS Symposium at the Quadrus Conference Center in Menlo Park, featuring research posters from more than 60 graduate students in STEM disciplines. Dr. Jeremy Reiter of UCSF, who serves as ARCS NCC science advisor, will moderate oral presentations by six scholars.

“ARCS Scholars work on a diverse array of problems, from the origins of Parkinson’s disease, to the impacts of climate change on the ecology of the Bay Area, to the genesis of stars,” said Dr. Reiter, who added that he is excited for the event.

Professor Alex Filippenko of UC Berkeley, a world-renowned astronomer and 2017 symposium keynote speaker, noted that most government funding for STEM supports scientists at the later stages of research, after promising results have “de- risked” the project.  He endorses the ARCS philosophy of supporting young scientists who are often more likely to have the breakthrough ideas.

“Every ARCS Scholar I’ve met impressed me with their depth of knowledge and their determination to make the world a better place,” said Dr. Kim Polese in an April 2017 interview with Silicon Valley Business Times. Dr. Polese is a serial entrepreneur, chairman of CrowdSmart, and ARCS Northern California Scholar Alum.

“The 2018 ARCS Symposium is an interactive forum that introduces our scholars to leaders in science, technology and venture communities of Northern California,” said Chris Simpson Brent, ARCS NCC president. “It is a great opportunity to connect with these smart young scientists.”

To register for this free event, please visit: www.arcsnortherncalifornia.org/2018- symposium. For more information visit the ARCS Foundation website at www.arcsfoundation.org..

About ARCS® Foundation: Achievement Rewards for College Scientists 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 50 of the nation’s leading research universities. Since 1958, the organization has awarded over $100 million to more than 10,000 ARCS scholars. ARCS Scholars have produced thousands of research publications and patents, secured billions in grant funding, started science related companies, and played a significant role in teaching and mentoring young people in the STEM pipeline. More at www.arcsfoundation.org.

About ARCS® Northern California Chapter: Since 1970, ARCS NCC has awarded $19.7 million to more than 2,500 scholars, in collaboration with six universities: Stanford UniversitySan Francisco State University, University of California at BerkeleyDavisSanta Cruz and San Francisco (UCSF).