Current Scholars

ARCS Foundation Portland is honored to present awards to these outstanding scholars chosen by the scholar selection committees at Oregon Health & Science University and Oregon State University.  In September we will introduce scholars from the University of Oregon.

The ARCS Foundation Scholar Award is $18,000, payable over three years at $6,000 per year, with each award presented in the fall. 

To read more about each third year and second year scholar click on their name.

2014 - Third Year Scholars

Devon Anderson

Dylan Anderson Chelsea Batavia
  • The Barnes/Drinkward Scholar Award
  • School of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering/MD-PhD, OHSU
  • Research Interest: engineering stem cells into three-dimensional cartilage tissue
  • The Sally & Cecil Drinkward Scholar Award
  • College of Engineering, Civil and Construction Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: coastal sediment transport as it relates to geomorphology and soft engineering structures
  • The Voboril/Anderson Scholar Award
  • College of Forestry, OSU
  • Research Interest: social, scientific, ethical, and metaphysical dynamics underlying environmental education
Logan Berner Reena Clements Quin Denfeld
  • The Josephson Scholar Award
  • College of Forestry, OSU
  • Research Interest: how climate and disturbances such as wildfire affect forest ecosystems
  • The Brodie Roberts Cunningham Memorial Scholar Award
  • Given by Lynn & Steve Pratt
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: processing and plasticity in sensory circuits
  • The Bates, Foley, Pedersen SON Scholar Award
  • School of Nursing, OHSU
  • Research Interest: cardiovascular pathophysiology and frailty syndrome among older adults
Kyle Gallagher Nora Hammack Trevor Howard
  • The OHSU Department of Radiation Health Medicine Scholar Award
  • College of Engineering, Nuclear Science and Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: biological impacts of varying types of radiations, specifically the relative biological effectiveness of protons
  • The Vaux Scholar Award
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: neurological disease
  • The Lynn & Steve Pratt Scholar Award
  • College of Engineering, Nuclear Science and Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: thermal-Hydraulics focusing on computational fluid-structure interaction and multiphysics
Scott Jones Travis Moore Katarina Morowsky
  • The Silver Endowed Scholar Award
  • Given by Barbara and Philip Silver
  • School of Medicine, Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: neurological basis of addiction and substance abuse
  • The ESCO Foundation Scholar Award
  • College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, OSU
  • Research Interest: machine learning, with applications to graphical models, computer vision, and topic models
  • The Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. Scholar Award
  • College of Engineering, Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: aviation human factors, alerting, distraction, flight simulators
Kai Parker Brendan Reilly Quinn Roth-Carter
  • The Emmerson Family and Pat Karamanos Scholar Award
  • College of Engineering, Civil and Construction Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: coastal phenomenon in general but particularly shoreline sediment transport and modeling estuary systems
  • The Mark H. and Leslie M. Workman Scholar Award
  • College of Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, OSU
  • Research Interest: sediment magnetism and paleoclimatology in glacial-marine systems
  • The Mary and Richard* Rosenberg Scholar Award (*deceased)
  • School of Medicine, Cell and Developmental Biology, OHSU
  • Research Interest: how eosinophils, an immune cell, can stimulate the growth of sensory nerves
 
Zachary Schwartz Helen Wu  
  • The Daisy and Ted Miller Scholar Award
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: sensory neurobiology
  • The Harold Schnitzer Scholar Award
  • School of Medicine, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, OHSU
  • Research Interest: HIV, vaccine development, T-cell biology, antigen presentation

 

2015 - Second Year Scholars

Kali Brandt Jacob Buchanan Maggie Buktenica
  • The Al Reser/Anderson Family Scholar Award
  • Given by Pat Reser and Aletha & Chris Anderson
  • College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop Science, OSU
  • Research Interest: wheat breeding and genetics
  • The ARCS Foundation Portland Chapter Scholar Award
  • College of Science, Chemistry, OSU
  • Research Interest: developing and applying computational methods for various fields of chemistry
  • The Pacific Scholar Award
  • Given by the Lyon Family
  • College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, OSU
  • Research Interest: natural organic matter cycling and its role in biochemical cycles focusing on organic biomarkers, dissolved gases and isotope biogechemistry
Phillip Carleton Holly Corbitt Jenna Curtis
  • The Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. Scholar Award
  • College of Engineering, School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: optimization of networks, transportation and supply chain systems
  • The Roche/ARCS Foundation Scholar Award
  • School of Medicine, Molecular & Medical Genetics, OHSU
  • Research Interest: cardiovascular genetics, using bioinformatics and computational modeling to discover the genetic variants in the ciliome that contribute to AVSD
  • The Griff, Gripekoven, and Preble Scholar Award
  • Given by Laurie & Gary Griff, Hilary & Price Gripekoven, and Bettsy & Wally Preble
  • College of Agricultural Sciences, Fisheries and Wildlife, OSU
  • Research Interest: relationships between avian life history traits and community structure survival, and evolutionary biology, as well as how these relate to environmental conditions
Julia Doh Margaret Exton Jeff Juozapaitis
  • The Peterson/Workman Scholar Award
  • Given by Adrianne & Lee Peterson and Leslie & Mark Workman
  • School of Medicine, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, OHSU
  • Research Interest: microbial pathogenecity and immunity
  • The Jarvis/McGrath Scholar Award
  • Given by Anne & Peter Jarvis and Suzanne & Bernie McGrath
  • College of Engineering, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, OSU 
  • Research Interest: trigger mechanisms of tsunami, tsunami waveforms, impact on coastal structures and soils
  • The ARCS Foundation Portland Chapter Scholar Award
  • College of Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, OSU
  • Research Interest: artificial intelligence, machine learning and transfer learning
Joseph Leffler Haley Licon Taylor Mighell
  • The Richardson Scholar Award
  • Given by Ellen and Mark Richardson
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: neural development
  • The James R. Kuse Family Foundation Scholar Award
  • School of Medicine, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, OHSU
  • Research Interest: immunology and infectious disease
  • The Fairway Fund ARCS Endowed Scholar Award
  • Given by Susan & George Swindells Endowment
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: genetics of the developing nervous system
Luci Moore Ryan Mulqueen Chad Nixon
  • The Rodway/Branford Scholar Award
  • Given by Dianne Rodway & John Becker and Julie Branford & Terry Bernhardt
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: mapping the functional microcircuitry of the auditory system using electrophysiology as a way to study how the brain computes information
  • The Thomas J. Hammond Scholar Award
  • Given by Cheryl Hammond
  • School of Medicine, Molecular & Medical Genetics, OHSU
  • Research Interest: the genetic components of neurological disease and development
  • The Dyess Scholar Award
  • Given by Kirby and Carl Dyess
  • College of Engineering, Nuclear Science and Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: experimental nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics
Erin Peck Hannah Rolston Amy Williams
  • The ARCS Foundation Portland Chapter Scholar Award
  • College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, OSU
  • Research Interest: coastal geochemistry
  • The Wells Fargo Scholar Award
  • College of Engineering, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: bioremediation of Industrial contaminants
  • The Roche/ARCS Foundation Scholar Award
  • School of Medicine, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
  • Research Interest: understanding and treating dysfunctions in learning and memory that cause disorders like PTSD and addiction
 
Jennifer Williams Nathan Yoder  
  • The Christiansen Family Scholar Award
  • Given by Liz & Gregg Christiansen
  • College of Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, OSU
  • Research Interest: wildlife monitoring and interdisciplinary research
  • The Bechen Family Foundation Scholar Award
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: the molecular mechanisms that underlie memory formation and information processing at the synapse

 

2016 - First Year Scholars

Samuel Berk Eran Brown Patrick Clary
  • The Hewitt Family Scholar Award
  • Given by Sharon and Henry Hewitt
  • School of Medicine, Program in Molecular & Cellular Biosciences, OHSU
  • Research Interest: biochemistry, protein interactions
  • The Rubinstein/Ames Scholar Award
  • Given by Deanne & Dick Rubinstein and Kathleen & Robert Ames
  • School of Medicine, Program in Molecular & Cellular Biosciences, OHSU
  • Research Interest: translational research, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases
  • The ARCS Foundation Portland Chapter Scholar Award
  • College of Engineering, School of Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: agile bipedal robotics
Susan Cooper Claire Couch Holly Dixon
  • The Josselyn Family Scholar Award
  • Given by Jill V. Josselyn
  • Department of Chemistry, UO
  • Research Interest: inorganic chemistry, sustainable materials, nanoparticles and clusters
  • The Miner/Strickfaden & Pittman Award
  • Given by Geri & John Miner and Pam Strickfaden & Michael Pittman
  • College of Science, Integrative Biology, OSU
  • Research Interest: wildlife disease etiology
  • The ARCS Foundation Portland Chapter Scholar Award
  • College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Molecular and Environmental Toxicology, OSU
  • Research Interest: toxicology and exposure science; using passive sampling technology to assess human exposure to chemicals in the environment
Keith Earley Gretchen Engbring Suzi Frase
  • The ARCS Foundation Portland Chapter 10th Anniversary Fund Scholar Award
  • School of Medicine, Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, OHSU
  • Research Interest: cancer biology, immunology, and the tumor microenvironment
  • The Campbell Foundation Scholar Award
  • Given by The Campbell Foundation
  • College of Forestry, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, OSU
  • Research Interest: impact of natural resource management strategies on local traditionally marginalized communities and vice versa
  • The Beeler/Joseph SON Scholar Award
  • Given by Muffy & Bill Beeler and Kate Joseph & Tom Murray
  • School of Nursing, OHSU
  • Research Interest: necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants
Samantha Friedrich Molly Glass Caroline Glidden
  • The Harrison/Ridgley Scholar Award
  • Given by Janis & Bob Harrison and Marilyn & Bob Ridgley
  • School of Medicine, Program in Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
  • Research Interest: neural mechanisms of learning and memory, behavioral genetics
  • The Wills Family Fund Scholar Award
  • Given by Jean & Rick Wills
  • College of Engineering, Nuclear Science and Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: thermal hydraulics, specifically advanced reactor systems engineering
  • The Roche/ARCS Foundation Scholar Award
  • College of Science, Integrative Biology, OSU
  • Research Interest: disease etiology, and evolutionary biology as well as conservation biology
Elizabeth Holzenthal Katja Kasimatis Karin Kralicek
  • The Karen Irons Medicis Scholar Award
  • Given by Diane & Dick Alexander
  • College of Engineering, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: coastal engineering, environmental fluids, coastal hydraulics, storm surge modeling
  • The ARCS Foundation Portland Chapter Scholar Award
  • Department of Biology, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, UO
  • Research Interest: molecular evolution of reproductive proteins driven by the interplay of sexual selection and sexual conflict
  • The Stimson Lumber Company Scholar Award
  • Given by Stimson Lumber Company
  • College of Forestry, Department of Forest Engineering and Resource Management, OSU
  • Research Interest: statistics, sampling, shifts in habitat suitability for western tree species in the face of projected climate change
Rachael Kuintzle Daniel Miller Rebecca Paustian
  • The ARCS Foundation Portland Chapter Scholar Award
  • College of Science, Biochemistry/Biophysics, OSU
  • Research Interest: the interface of RNA biology and environmental toxicology
  • The Caron & Larry Ogg Endowed Scholar Award
  • Given by Caron & Larry Ogg
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: elucidating the molecular, cellular and genetic mechanisms governing both normal and abnormal brain development
  • The ARCS Foundation Portland Chapter Scholar Award
  • College of Engineering, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: bioremediation of water
Carolynn Rafa Todd Peter Rindal Mariya Shapiro
  • The Director/Nugent/Ragen Scholar Award
  • Given by Marcia & Alan Director, Sharon & Mike Nugent, and Lee & Ron Ragen
  • School of Medicine, Program in Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
  • Research Interest: neural mechanisms underlying disorders of learning and memory such as addiction and PTSD
  • The Marilyn Bergen Scholar Award
  • Given by Marilyn Bergen
  • College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, OSU
  • Research Interest: cryptograph and secure computation
  • The Susan & William Smith Scholar Award
  • Given by Susan & William Smith
  • School of Medicine, Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, OHSU
  • Research Interest: how interactions between microbes and the immune system influence normal immune function and contribute to infectious disease
Sheanna Steingass Daniel Watkins Nancy Williams
  • The Reiersgaard Scholar Award
  • Given by Julie & William Reiersgaard
  • College of Agricultural Sciences, Fisheries and Wildlife, OSU
  • Research Interest: marine mammal physiology, behavioral ecology, marine foodweb dynamics
  • The ARCS Foundation Portland Chapter Scholar Award
  • College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, OSU
  • Research Interest: sea ice dynamics, climate modeling
  • The Meigs/Fish Scholar Award
  • Given by Laurie & Gilbert Meigs and Sally & Jerry Fish
  • College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, OSU
  • Research Interest: the marine carbon cycle in the southern ocean and the Arctic
   
Doug Zeppenfeld    
  • The ARCS Foundation Portland Chapter Scholar Award
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: aging and neurodegeneration, glial physiology, neuromodulators, extracellular matrix, fluorescience, microscopy