Current Scholars

ARCS Foundation Utah is honored to present awards to these outstanding scholars chosen by the scholar selection committees

at the University of Utah College of Enginering and the Moran Eye Center. The ARCS Foundation Scholar Award is a one year

award of $15,000 that qualifies the scholar for other support during the remainder of their PhD program for a value of up to

$27,00 per year.  

 

2014 Scholars

 

Philip Erickson
  • Computer Science, School of Computing, College of Engineering, University of Utah

  • Philip is a graduate ofBYU with a BS in electrical engineering and minors in computer science and mathematics. After working as a software engineer at L-3 Communications in Salt Lake City, Philip is returning to college to complete his PhD in Computer Science. At L-3, Philip was a team member on a multi-million dollar military communication system contract. As a graduate student, Philip hopes to master the knowledge and skills he needs to make a significant contribution to industry.

Philip received the ARCS Foundation Utah Chapter Scholar Award. 

Amanda Reynolds

  • Bioengineering, College of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Amanda completed a BS in biochemistry at the University of Florida in Gainesville. As an honors undergraduate, Amanda worked as a research assistant in the Materials Science Department and Veterans Affairs Hospital. As a graduate student in Bioengineering, Amanda is interested in applying materials research in a biological environment, and in creating new materials and devices for the medical field. She aspires to an academic research career as a professor of bioengineering.

Amanda received the Roche/ARCS Foundation Scholar Award in Life Sciences

 

Alex Szendrei

  • Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Alex graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Maine with BS degrees in biology and chemistry. Most recently, he has been working as a chemist at Alere, a healthcare diagnostics and services company. As part of an NSF and UROP grant, he worked on solid state
    physics and nonlinear electrical components. As a graduate student Alex hopes to find a research focus in electrochemistry and electrical materials. 

Alex received the 2015 Dr. Stacy K. Firth Scholar Award given by Dr. Cecelia H. Foxley

 

Dr. Eileen Hwang

  • Ophthalmology, Moran Eye Center, University of Utah Medical Center
  • Eileen began her training in the MD/PhD program at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, where she was the beneficiary of a highly sought after NIH F30 fellowship to study hereditary diseases of collagen. Upon graduation, she joined the prestigious ophthalmology residency program at the University of Utah Moran Eye Center. As a first-year resident, she has already made use of the ARCS Foundation support to investigate the role of
    genetic risk factors and serum biomarkers for age-related macular degeneration.

Eileen received the 2015 ARCS Foundation Scholar Award

 

2013 Scholars

 

Matthew Hamilton

  • Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Research Interests:  Reducing CO2 in the atmosphere as part of the combustion process. 
  • Matt received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Utah.  He would like to teach at the university level and pursue research that will help minimize the human impact n the environment.  

Matt received the Stacy K. Firth Scholar Award donated by Dr. Cecelia H. Foxley

Michelle Hromatka

  • Computer Science, School of Computing, College of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Research Interests: Computer graphics and animation
  • Michelle graduated with a BA degree in computer science from the College of St. Benedict/St, John’s University in St. Joseph, Minnesota.  Michelle aspires to an academic career as a professor of computer science.

Michelle recieved the Utah Chapter Scholar Award

 

Megan Walsh, PE, CFM

  • Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Research Interests: Effects of urbanization on restoring water streams in Utah and other semi-arid regions.
  • Megan received her BS in Civil Engineering and MS degree in Environmental Pollution control from Pennsylvania State University.  Megan hopes to develop tools and training that will help watershed managers develop successful stream restoration. 

Megan was awarded the Founder's Award honoring Dr. Cece Foxley, ARCS Utah Founding President, made possible by donations from Dr. Anne Erickson, Ruth Novak, and anonymous ARCS Utah Chapter Members.

 

Dr. Brian Stagg

  • Ophthalmology, Moran Eye Center, University of Utah Medical Center
  • Research interests: Corneal Neovascularization, cataract surgery safety and efficiency and improvement of eye care delivered to indigent populations.  Brian graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine in May 2012.  He is joining the Eye Moran Center as an ophthalmology resident. 
  • Dr. Stagg views research as a opportunity to improve patient care and have an impact on the future.

Brian received the Judith and Cliff Miller Scholar Award donated by Stanley Gold.

 

2012 Scholars

Jennifer Monski Bauer

  • Bioengineering, College of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Research Interests: Biomedical instrumentation and fluid dynamics of biological systems.
  • Jennifer received her BS in Biomedical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.  She is determined to use engineering to improve the quality of medicine. She would like to develop new medical devices for use in point-of-care and diagnostic environments.

Katherine Lambert

  • Bioengineering, College of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Research Interests: Electrical stimulation for the treatment of neurological disorders.
  • Katherine earned her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Marquette University.

Megan Campbell Prestgard

  • Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Research Interests: Rare-earth oxides and the devices that can be fabricated from them.
  • Megan is the MSE NSF Outreach Team leader and is a member of the MSE Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee.

Dr. Brian E. Zaugg

  • MD degree, University of Utah
  • Research Interests:  Ophthamology
  • He became interested in medicine and ophthamology early in his under-graduate studies whil talking with an eighty you old patient whose site had been restored with cataract surgery.

2011 Scholars

Daman Bareiss

  • The Dr. Stracy K. Firth Scholar Award given by Dr. Cecelia H. Foxley
  • Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Research Interests: Robotics and controls
  • Daman received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.  He has a three-year-old son and is looking forward to raising him in Salt Lake City.

Andrew N. Fisher

  • The James Lee Sorenson Award given by Mrs. Beverley T. Sorenson
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering College of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Research Interests:  Computers, mocrowaves and electromagnetics
  • Andrew erned a PhD in mathematics from the University of Florida in 2010.

Shannon K. Reynolds

  • Utah Chapter Award
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Research Interests: Water resources, sewer and storm water management, and gree infrastructure development.
  • Shannon earned an MS from the University of Utah in 2006 and has worked for five years as a project engineer for Camp Dresser & McKee, Inc. in Philadelphia.

2010 Scholars

Shannon Hanson

  • Utah Chapter Award
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Research Interests: Concrete materials and structures
  • Shannon has studied, worked/volunteered or presented papers in Hungary, Germany, Peru and Argentina

Nicholas Nolta

  • The James Lee Sorenson Award given by Mrs. Beverely T. Sorenson
  • Bioengineering, College of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Research Interests: Advanced neural interfaces
  • Nicholas has a passion for writing and has developed a student publication entitled The Sponge.

Joshua Sewell

  • The Dr. Stacy K. Firth Award given by Dr. Cecelia H. Foxley
  • Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Utah
  • Research Interests: Energy recovery and usage
  • Joshua and his wife, Sara, have a two-year-old daughter, Oakley Rae.