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.

2013 - Third Year Scholars

Hailey Buckingham

  • The Dodd and Nancy Fischer Scholar Award
  • College of Forestry, OSU
  • Research Interest: Using computer simulations to model natural resource policy and landscape effects, such as wildfire, to provide insight into policy decisions

Emily Caffrey

  • The Wills Family Fund Scholar Award
  • Given by Jean & Rick Wills
  • College of Engineering, Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics, OSU
  • Research Interest: Radiobiology. radioecology, dosimetry for non-human biota

Jarvis Caffrey

  • The ARCS Foundation Portland Chapter Scholar Award
  • College of Engineering, Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics, OSU
  • Research Interest: Development of detectors and power systems for space exploration

David Edwards

  • The Hewitt Family Scholar Award
  • Given by Sharon & Henry Hewitt
  • School of Medicine, Molecular & Cellular Biosciences, OHSU
  • Research Interest: Apply next generation sequencing to improve understanding of cancer biology

Brian Jones

  • The Beeler/Smith Scholar Award
  • Given by Muffy & Bill Beeler and Susan & William Smith
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: Cell and systems plasticity

Elizabeth King

  • The Caron & Larry Ogg Endowed Scholar Award
  • College of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, OSU
  • Research Interest: Isotope geochemistry (molybdenum) as a proxy for weathering conditions in Hawaiian soils

Michael Lam

  • The M & M Scholar Award
  • Given by Laurie Meigs & Veronica Macdonald
  • College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, OSU
  • Research Interest: Computer vision and machine learning

Wai Yan Lam

  • The Silver Scholar Award
  • Given by Barbara & Phillip Silver
  • School of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, OHSU
  • Research Interest: Cancer biology and biomedical methods for learning more about and curing this disease

Glynis Brown Mattheisen

  • The Fairway Fund Scholar Award
  • Given by Susan & George Swindells
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: Neurodegenerative diseases

David Mildrexler

  • The Cindy & Duncan Campbell of the Campbell Foundation Scholar Award
  • College of Forestry, OSU
  • Research Interest: Forest ecology ecological disturbances and the carbon cycle, biodiversity, land surface temperature, surface energy fluxes

Rory Morgan

  • The Rubinstein/Ames Scholar Award
  • Given by Deanne & Dick Rubinstein and Kathleen & Robert Ames
  • School of Medicine, Molecular & Cellular Biosciences, OHSU
  • Research Interest: Development of chemical modulators of protein function and cellular signaling; chemical

Justin Pommerenck

  • The ARCS Foundation Portland Chapter Scholar Award
  • College of Engineering, Chemical Biological Environmental Engineering, OSU
  • Research Interest: Nature inspired reaction engineering and material science, renewables
Benjamin Rakela Laura Springgay Kathryn Verlinden
  • The ARCS Foundation Portland Chapter Scholar Award
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: Neurobiology
  • The ARCS Foundation Portland Chapter Scholar Award
  • School of Medicine, Molecular & Cellular Biosciences, OHSU
  • Research Interest: Emerging infectious viruses that impact human health and virus-hosted interactions
  • The Karen Irons Medicis Scholar Award
  • Given by Diane & Dick Alexander
  • College of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, OSU
  • Research Interest: The changing climates of the high latitude regions
 
Kevin Watanabe-Smith Lillian Welch Klug  
  • The Allan Price Memorial Scholar Award
  • School of Medicine, Molecular & Cellular Biosciences, OHSU
  • Research Interest: Leukemia therapeutic targets
  • The Harrison/Ridgley Scholar Award
  • Given by Janis & Bob Harrison and Marilyn & Bob Ridgley
  • School of Medicine, Molecular & Cellular Biosciences, OHSU
  • Research Interest: Cancer biology, molecular/cell biology

 

2014 - Second 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
  • 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 Engineering and Radiation Health Physics, 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
  • Lynn & Steve Pratt Scholar Award
  • College of Engineering, Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics, OSU
  • Research Interest:  Thermal-Hydraulics focusing on computational fluid-structure interaction and multiphysics
Scott Jones Travis Moore Katarina Morowsky
  • The Silver Endowed Scholar Award
  • 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 - First 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 Josiah Gerber
  • The Peterson/Workman Scholar Award
  • Given by Adrianne & Lee Peterson and Leslie & Mark Workman
  • School of Medicine, Program in Molecular & Cellular Biosciences, 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 Roche/ARCS Foundation Scholar Award
  • College of Science, Biochemistry/Biophysics, OSU
  • Research Interest: functional and structural properties of biological macromolecules
 
Jeff Juozapaitis Joseph Leffler  
  • The ARCS Foundation Portland Chapter Scholar Award
  • College of Engineering, School of Electrical Engineeering and Computer Science, OSU
  • Research Interest: artificial intelligence, machine learning and transfer learning
  • The Richardson Scholar Award
  • Given by Ellen and Mark Richardson
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: neural development

 

Haley Licon Taylor Mighell Luci Moore
  • The James R. Kuse Family Foundation Scholar Award
  • School of Medicine, Program in Molecular & Cellular Biosciences, 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
  • 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
Ryan Mulqueen Chad Nixon Erin Peck
  • The Thomas J. Hammond Scholar Award
  • Given by Cheryl Hammond
  • School of Medicine, Program in Molecular & Cellular Biosciences, 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 Engineering and Radiation Health Physics, OSU
  • Research Interest: experimental nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics
  • The ARCS Foundation Portland Chapter Scholar Award
  • College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, OSU
  • Research Interest: coastal geochemistry
Hannah Rolston Amy Williams Jennifer Williams
  • 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
  • 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
   
Nathan Yoder    
  • The Bechen Family Foundation Scholar Award
  • School of Medicine, Neuroscience Graduate Program, OHSU
  • Research Interest: the molecular mechanisms that underly memory formation and information processing at the synapse