Current Scholars

ARCS Foundation Oregon is honored to present awards to these outstanding scholars chosen by the scholar selection committees at Oregon Health & Science University,  Oregon State University and 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.

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

 

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

 

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