Current Scholars

ARCS Foundation Tampa Bay is honored to present awards to these outstanding scholars chosen by the scholar selection committees at University of South Florida. The ARCS Foundation Scholar Award is $15,000, payable over three years at $5,000 per year, with each award presented in October.

To learn more about ARCS Scholars and Alums visit https://www.arcsfoundation.org/about-arcs-scholars 

To learn more about ARCS Scholar Achievments https://www.arcsfoundation.org/scholar-achievements

2014-2017 Scholar Support 

The Roche/ARCS Foundation Scholar Award Program in the Life Sciences

The Roche Foundation and ARCS Foundation are jointly offering a unique program to support outstanding graduate life science students at universities across the United States.  The Roche/ARCS Foundation Scholar Award Program in the Life Sciences supports the next generation of life science leaders and furthers the foundations' shared interest in the advancement of science. Read more at: https://www.arcsfoundation.org/industry-partners#sthash.kJkAX0zu.dpuf

Meet Current Scholars

       

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Dinorah H. Chacin

University of South Florida

College of Marine Science

(Biological Oceanography)

Degree: PhD Candidate

Advisor(s):  Dr. Christopher Stallings

Scholar Donor: Roche/ARCS Foundation

 

About the Scholar: Dinorah's research combines mesocosm experiments with observational data from seagrass habitats to understand patterns and processes occurring in coastal environments.She is seeking to understand how fish assemblage composition, predator-prey interactions and populations respond to natural variability and anthropogenic effects in marine ecosystems.

Benefits to Society: Dinorah’s research benefits society by understanding how coastal fishes respond to natural and human impacts on marine ecosystems. 

Julie Vecchio

University of South Florida

College of Marine Science

(Biological Oceanography)

Degree: PhD Candidate

Advisor(s): Dr. Ernst Peebles

Scholar Donor: Roche/ARCS Foundation

About the Scholar: Julie’s research is in the Marine Resource Assessment program were she is working on issues related to the Red Grouper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico. She is part of a research lab which has a significant interest in nutrient profiles and tracking fish species based on what and where they have been eating.

Benefits to Society: Julie’s research directly benefits state and federal marine resource managers of fisheries, as well as recreational fishers of the sea.

Ashley Basiorka

University of South Florida

College of Arts & Sciences

(Cancer Biology)

Degrees: PhD Candidate

Advisor(s): Dr. Alan List

Scholar Donors: Roche/ARCS Foundation

About the Scholar: Ashley’s research focuses on a group of diverse bone marrow disorders in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells. She is advancing understanding the biology of hematologic malignancies, primarily Myelodysplastic Syndromes and Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Benefits to Society: Ashley’s research seeks to discover new treatment strategies and to identify novel targets for therapeutic intervention for bone marrow disorders.

Courtney Schaal

University of South Florida

College of Arts & Sciences 

(Cancer Biology)

Degrees: PhD Candidate

Advisor(s): Dr. Srikumar Chellapan

Scholar Donors: Ride4Cure

 

About the Scholar: Courtney’s research involves investigation of the genetic regulation of smoking-related non-small cell lung adenocarcinoma at the molecular and biochemical levels. Her research also helps identify signaling pathways in cancer progression and cancer stem-like cells.

 

Benefits to Society: Courtney’s research provides screening of compound libraries to identify novel therapeutics to target pathways of interest related to lung cancers.

       
 

Meet Tampa Bay Scholar Alums

2011- 2014 Scholar Alumni

2011- 2014 Scholar Alumn

 

 

Inna Fedorenko
The Ella and Harold Brehm Memorial ARCS Scholar Award

Graduate Program: College of Arts & Sciences (Cancer Biology at Moffitt)
Research Interest: Melanoma Therapies, exploring novel
theraputic targets for NRAS mutated melanoma.

To learn more about Inna's research Click Here

Maria Vega-Rodriguez
The Nestor Family ARCS Scholar Award

Graduate Program: College of Marine Science (Biological Oceanography)
Research Interest: Enviromental parameters that influence
coral reef biodiversity.

 

2010 - 2013 Scholar Alumni

2010 - 2013 Scholar Alumni

 
 

Melissa Buckley

Graduate Program: College of Arts & Sciences (Cancer Biology at Moffitt)
Research Interest: Investigating the function of genes that predispose to ovarian cancer.

To learn more about Melissa's research Click Here

Heidi Toomey

Graduate Program: College of Marine Science (Biological Oceanography)
Research Interest: coral-associated microbiota and overall coral health and disease.