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Celebrating 49 Years of Scientific Partnership with the ARCS Foundation Northern California Chapter

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 (All day)

Pictured Above: ARCS® Foundation Northern California Chapter (NCC) is a dedicated group of  Bay Area women focused on securing America’s  leadership in science by granting awards to top scholars pursuing graduate studies in the sciences, technology, engineering, math and medical research at six Northern California universities.

Few foundations have had as much of a positive impact on graduate education at the University of California, Davis, as the ARCS® Foundation . With 15 chapters throughout the United States, the ARCS Foundation has collaborated with universities across the nation to fulfill their mission of fostering American scientific education, including a 49-year partnership between the ARCS Northern California Chapter and UC Davis. Students from approved graduate programs at UC Davis, such as Animal Behavior, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Transportation Technology & Policy, can be nominated by their Graduate program chairs to receive an $11,000 fellowship to further their studies and research. To date, ARCS Northern California Chapter has provided a stunning 3.3 million dollars in funding to hundreds of UC Davis students.

History of American Scientific Commitment

The ARCS Foundation was founded in 1958 after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, accelerating an already deeply competitive space race between the Soviets and the United States. Aiming to fund the scientific education and research that would boost the United States' capacity to compete, ARCS would eventually expand into several more chapters, including the Northern California Chapter that the organization established in 1970.

Fully managed by a team of over 150 female staff and volunteers, the Northern California Chapter supports fresh-faced scientists of any demographic, investing in the medical, biotechnical, and energy sciences. They view these investments in young scientists not only as critical aspects to our country's economic success, but also as a crucial investment into the American future. By funding research projects in their infancy, when they are most in need of funds but least likely to receive government assistance, ARCS takes up the risk that other institutions are hesitant to absorb in order to promote science education and advancements that benefit our lives in innumerable ways.

2020-2021 ARCS Scholarship Recipients from UC Davis

Thanks to the ARCS Northern California Chapter, the following 18 graduates at UC Davis will receive a fellowship each for the furtherance of their scientific ambitions.

Anna Adhikari
Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology
Anna's research interest is in translational science, which explores the connection between science and the people. 


Charles Alex
Ph.D. in Integrative Pathobiology

Charles Alex is a veterinarian and specialist in veterinary anatomic pathology. His residency training included a special emphasis on diseases of zoo and wildlife species

Peter Andrew
Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology

Peter’s research seeks to better understand the processes that drive epilepsy. He is focused on understanding the role of neuroinflammation in acquired epilepsy following acute intoxication with organophosphate pesticides. 

Savannah Conlon
Ph.D. in Chemistry 

Savannah's research focuses on elucidating fundamental features of the NEIL family of DNA repair enzymes. 


Katherine Corn
Ph.D. in Population Biology 

Katherine’s research integrates phylogenetic comparative methods, biomechanics, and her love of fish to explore the macroevolutionary consequences of major ecological transitions. 

Kalyn Diederich
Ph.D. in Soils and Biogeochemistry

Kalyn’s dissertation work seeks to generate productivity data for perennial grain cropping systems in the Mediterranean climate of California. 

Emmet Francis
Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering

Emmet's research focuses on understanding the importance of bursts in intracellular calcium when white blood cells consume pathogens.

Hilary Green
Ph.D. in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry

Hilary’s research interests stem from her passions for food and the environment through the lens of analytical chemistry. 


Michael Huh
Ph.D. in Geology 

Michael’s research interests include understanding the delivery of water and other gases during the accretion of the Earth, and the formation and composition of the Earth’s earliest atmosphere. 

Zoe Kanavas
Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Zoe's research interests include groundwater contamination, machine learning implementations, and figuring out a novel way to combine the two.


Kelsey Lyberger
Ph.D. in Population Biology

Kelsey’s interests lie at the intersection of evolution and ecology. Her dissertation research integrates field and lab experiments with theoretical predictions to understand how humans are driving evolutionary change in freshwater ecosystems. 

Alex McInturf
Ph.D. in Animal Behavior

Alex's research examines the link between physiology, behavior, and the environment in marine ecosystems. She explores this topic in sharks and salmon in order to improve conservation efforts for such threatened organisms. 


Conary Meyer
Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering 

Conary’s research efforts are focused on the ex vivo synthesis of membrane proteins for structural determination, drug screening, and volatile small molecule sensing.

Amelia Munson
Ph.D. in Animal Behavior

Amelia's research is focused on how developmental experience affects responses to human-induced rapid environmental change.

Deborah Park
Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology 

Deborah’s research interests include studying the molecular mechanisms of memory formation and the development of drug therapy for brain disorders. 

Tyler Schlieder
Ph.D. in Geology

Tyler's research integrates a variety of geochemical and petrological techniques to probe the pre-eruptive thermal and physical evolution of active silicic volcanic systems including Mount St. Helens, USA, and the Taupo Volcanic Center, NZ. 

Robert Tombari
Ph.D. in Chemistry 

Robert’s research focuses on photopharmacology and the development of chemical tools to probe the mechanism of action of a number of neuromodulators and psychotropic drugs.

Max Vargas
Ph.D. in Neuroscience

Max’s research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms by which psyche


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