|At a recent San Diego ARCS Foundation awards presentation (left to right): Chris McAndrew (ARCS scholar), Professor Dan Donoghue (Dept. of Chemistry/Biochemistry), Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, Lois Thompson (ARCS co-president), James Krieger (ARCS Scholar), Jordon Meier (ARCS Scholar), Ann Irwin (ARCS Liaison to UCSD), Mary Lou Quick (ARCS VP University Relations), Jane Daniels (Asst Liaison to UCSD).|
San Diego, CA, December 17, 2008 -- The United States is a worldwide leader in science and technology, but it is predicted that foreign countries will soon outpace our nation unless we become more competitive in science education. With Europe and China graduating more university-educated engineers and scientists on a yearly basis than the United States, the ARCS Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to facilitating the graduation rate of as many elite scholars as possible.
The ARCS Foundation provides scholarships to top students studying the natural sciences, medicine and engineering. The local chapter has given UC San Diego students more than $3 million since the chapter’s inception in 1985. During the 2008-09 academic year, 23 UC San Diego students, including those from the Jacobs School of Engineering, received $212,500 in fellowships and graduate scholarships. This year’s ARCS Scholars include Jacobs School students Charles Kinney (Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering); James Krieger (Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering); Natalie Ostroff (Bioengineering); Robert Martin (Mechanical & Aerospace); and Karen Wei (Bioengineering).
“For more than 20 years, the San Diego chapter of the ARCS Foundation has recognized and encouraged the efforts of our science, engineering and medical students,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox. “As the foundation celebrates its 50th anniversary, we extend our sincere appreciation for the organization’s continued commitment to the future scientific leaders of our community, our nation and our world.”
To receive an ARCS Foundation grant, students are recommended by deans and department chairs at their university. In order to qualify as an ARCS Scholar students must be citizens of the United States; have a grade point averages of 3.7 or higher; and be enrolled as fulltime students specializing in natural sciences, engineering or medicine.