Alumni Hall of Fame

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2020 ARCS ALUMNI HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE JESSICA MEIR, PHD 

  • NASA Astronaut, Researcher, marine biologist, physiologist
  • Crew member on International Space Station Expeditions 61/62
  • Aquanaut for NASA's Extreme Environment Missions Operations (NEEMO)
  • Researcher for Smithsonian Institute diving expeditions to the Antarctic and Belize 
  • European Space Agency CAVES space analog caving mission crew member in Sardinia, Italy

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Members of ARCS Alumni Hall of Fame

are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the advancement of science

SHANNON BROWNLEE, MS
Inducted in 2015
1982 ARCS Scholar at University of California, Santa Cruz

For scientific writing and advocacy that has improved public understanding of science and medicine and helped transform US health care

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BARBARA JACAK, PhD
Inducted in 2015
1975 ARCS Scholar at University of California, Berkeley

For significant contributions to our understanding of how the universe evolved and role in the development of the PHENIX large collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory

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RALPH B. JAMES, PhD
Inducted in 2015
1979 and 1980 ARCS Scholar at California Institute of Technology

For substantial impact as an inventor and transformative research in photoconductive science that has led to improvements in astrophysics and medical imaging

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STEPHEN M. LICHTEN, PhD
Inducted in 2016 
1981 and 1983 ARCS Scholar at California Institute of Technology

For leadership at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and contributions to the invention of GPS technology that ensures reliability and accuracy of commercial aircraft navigation

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DAVID MANGELSDORF, PhD
Inducted in 2015
1985 ARCS Scholar at University of Arizona

For groundbreaking research on orphan receptors that helped launch an entire field of biology and led to important breakthroughs in treatments for human diseases

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PETER J. MCDONNELL, MD
Inducted in 2019
1981 and ‘82 ARCS Scholar at Johns Hopkins University 

For inventions and medical advances in Opthalmology that have improved sight for patients worldwide

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SUNEEL I. SHEIKH, PhD
Inducted in 2017 
2002-04 ARCS Scholar at University of Maryland

For aerospace research and inventions, including one that is used on the International Space Station, and for educational initiatives that inspire future scientists

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CHRISTOPHER STUBBS, PhD
Inducted in 2017
1987-88 ARCS Scholar at University of Washington

For profound impact on physics through work detecting the expansion of the universe and discovery of “dark energy” and role as U.S. government advisor on national security technology

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NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON
Inducted in 2018
1991-92 ARCS Scholar at Columbia University

For significant contributions in communications that have raised scientific awareness for millions

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JEANNE VANBRIESEN, PhD, PE
Inducted in 2016
1992-97 ARCS Scholar at Northwestern University

For influence on water quality, sustainability, and engineering practices through research; contributions to water policy; and for mentoring the next generation of engineers.

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​Membership Criteria

Members of ARCS Alumni Hall of Fame are former ARCS Scholars who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating leadership in one or more of the following areas:

  • Scientific innovation and discovery
  • Recognition by peers
  • Mentoring future scientists to fill in the STEM pipeline
  • Founding or leading an organization that has had a significant impact on the US economy
  • Increasing awareness of the importance of national scientific competitiveness

Selection Process

One or more Hall of Fame inductees is selected annually by a diverse panel appointed by ARCS Foundation National President.

How to Nominate

  • Nominations for membership in ARCS Alumni Hall of Fame may be made by ARCS chapters, individual ARCS members, ARCS advisors, faculty at ARCS Academic Partner institutions, ARCS Scholars and ARCS Alumni.
  • Nominations should be sent to HallofFame@ARCSFoundation.org with a statement about why the nominee is worthy of receiving this honor by November 15, 2020.  Links to online background information about the nominee may be included if appropriate.  Please include ARCS Hall of Fame Nomination in the subject line of your message. 
     

Read about Members of ARCS Alumni Hall of Fame in ARCS 2019 Annual Report.