The Science and Engineering Advisory Council (SEAC) was established in December 2009 to assist the ARCS Foundation National Board in communicating the goals and mission of the organization to a national constituency. The SEAC is composed of distinguished scientists, engineers and scholars from across the country and draws on their collective experience in government, industry, and academia. The Council provides advice and recommendations on the development of new Chapters and, together with the National Board, examines and assists in implementing strategies for engaging external decision-makers with ARCS Foundation.
SEAC's key responsibilties revolve around identifying and providing information regarding programs important to science and engineering education, research, and funding, now and in the future.
SEAC assesses and provides guidance to ARCS Foundation on level of funding dedicated to science education in all States.
SEAC provides information on state-funded or operated organizations that promote science education.
SEAC advises on disciplines beyond the STEM horizon (e.g., nanotechnology, neuroscience, climate change, cyber security).
SEAC advises on trends involving interdisciplinary degrees and research.
SEAC advises on how ARCS Foundation can anticipate and contribute to evolutionary changes relative to STEM.
SEAC assists in developing contacts in the science and engineering community to expand the ARCS Foundation science advisory network.
SEAC advises on strategic communications between ARCS Foundation and state and federal government decision-makers.
The guidance received from SEAC is invaluable to ARCS Foundation as it works to provide unrestricted awards to augment research funding for PhD students, masters students, and undergraduates across the United States.