Claire Robertson (Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Irvine; 2013 Orange County ARCS Scholar) was one of five scientists awarded the prestigious L’Oreal USA “2015 For Women in Science Fellowship.” As noted in the L’Oreal press release announcing the award, the fellowship “honors female scientists at critical stages of their career with $60,000 fellowships to advance their postdoctoral research.” Claire currently holds a postdoctoral position at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Her research, building upon her doctoral expertise in biomechanics, is focused on understanding how breast cancer tumors are naturally suppressed so as to eventually create better treatment options. While completing her doctoral research, Claire published four papers in peer-reviewed journals and gave seven presentations at conferences. Claire continues to be an active mentor for female scientists.
Chandra Jain, President of the Orange County Chapter, says “The three women who founded ARCS after Sputnik was launched in 1957 started funding scholars to foster American competitiveness as the great space race unfolded. The groundbreaking work of ARCS alumni like Claire validates the importance of ARCS mission and underlines its impact on science in America.”