ARCS Foundation Awards

ARCS FoundationThe ARCS® Foundation, Inc. is a national organization of women committed to advancing science in America through raising funds for scholar awards.  These awards go to promising graduate and undergraduate students who are pursuing degrees in science, engineering and medical research. With 16 Chapters nationwide and 1500 volunteer members, the ARCS Foundation has awarded over $91 million to 9000 scholars since 1958 with 54 partner universities and 587 university departments. To learn more about the ARCS Foundation, go to arcsfoundation.org.

The ARCS Foundation and the BHSI

In the spring of 2000, former UGA Provost Karen Holbrook approached ARCS Foundation’s Atlanta Chapter about the possibility of supporting top graduate students at UGA, particularly those participating in programs of the University’s Biomedical and Health Sciences Initiative. In consultation with the ARCS Foundation, the UGA Provost’s Office submitted materials in spring 2000 on behalf of the University of Georgia Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute, to the ARCS national organization to become a nominating institution for ARCS Scholars. Approval was granted by the national body of ARCS to provide support for UGA doctoral students in interdisciplinary biomedical and health sciences.

Since then, 133 awards, totaling $936,000 have been presented to UGA doctoral students.  In addition, the ARCS Foundation continues to generously expand UGA’s program, which started at five awards of $5,000 and will provide twelve awards for a total of $95,000 for the 2016-2017 academic year. Current and past UGA ARCS Scholars are listed below.

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ARCS Foundation Award Application Information

 The 2016-17 ARCS Foundation Scholars have been announced. View the announcement.

The information below is for reference purposes only; we will begin accepting applications for 2017-2018 nominations in May 2017.

Recipients of the ARCS Foundation Award, who maintain their academic standing, are funded for three years or through the completion of their doctoral degrees. Please note that mentors must nominate students and submit the applications to the BHSI.

 ARCS Global Impact Information Sheet

2016 ARCS Award Poster


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Significant accomplishment in biomedical and public health related research directed towards preventing, treating, or curing human disease.
  • Must have 3 years remaining in current doctoral program (this is a new requirement stipulated directly by the ARCS Foundation Atlanta Chapter).
  • Full-time (minimum 9 hours/semester) enrollment for both Fall and Spring semesters.
  • U.S. citizenship.
  • GPA of 3.5 or above.
  • Available to attend the ARCS Foundation Awards Luncheon in Atlanta the Thursday prior to Thanksgiving Holiday.

Application Materials (submitted by faculty mentor as one complete packet):

  • A letter of nomination that includes an evaluation/recommendation from faculty mentor.
  • A second letter of recommendation from graduate coordinator or additional faculty member.
  • A letter of application (limited to 2 pages) from the student which must clearly and concisely describe the applicant’s research, its biomedical and public health relevance, and how the scholarship will further advance the research.
  • A curriculum vita with projected graduation date, including reprints and/or preprints of publications and abstracts of conference presentations (encouraged to submit all).
  • Applicants interested in applying for the ARCS Global Impact Award must also include an additional one-page statement explaining how their research directly impacts global health issues, as well as how they plan to use the additional funding to expand or enhance their research project.

For more information, contact Laura Balkcom in the BHSI office at 706-542-5922 or lbalk@uga.edu.

Past ARCS Scholars

UGA ARCS Scholars 2016-2017
Lydia AndersonMajor Professor: Dr. Ralph Tripp
Department: Infectious Diseases
John AveryMajor Professor: Dr. Steve Dalton
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Erin BakerMajor Professor: Dr. Nancy Manley
Department: Gentics
Daniel BeckerMajor Professors: Drs. Sonia Altizer & Daniel Streicher
Department: Ecology
Heather Bishop (Roche Award)Major Professor: Dr. Vasant Muralidharan
Department: Cellular Biology
Chris ClevelandMajor Professor:  Dr. Michael Yabsley
Department: Wildlife Ecology
Kerri CoonMajor Professor:  Dr. Michael Strand
Department: Entomology
Marcus GoudieMajor Professor: Dr. Hitesh Handa
Department: Engineering
Stephanie Herrlinger (Global Impact Award)Major Professor: Dr. Jeff Chen
Department: Neuroscience
Danielle LambertMajor Professor: Dr. Nathan Hansen
Department: Health Promotion & Behavior
Wided Najahi-MissaouiMajor Professor: Dr. Brian Cummings
Department: Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences
Cecilia SanchezMajor Professor: Dr. Sonia Altizer
Department: Ecology

ARCS scholars with UGA Provost Pamela Whitten (right) and Meredith Welch-Devine, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies (left) at the ARCS Award Luncheon held Nov 17, 2016.

UGA ARCS Scholars 2015-2016
Lydia AndersonMajor Professor: Dr. Ralph Tripp
Department: Infectious Diseases
John AveryMajor Professor: Dr. Steve Dalton
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Daniel BeckerMajor Professors: Drs. Sonia Altizer & Daniel Streicher
Department: Ecology
Heather Bishop (Roche Award)Major Professor: Dr. Vasant Muralidharan
Department: Cellular Biology
Anastasia BobilevMajor Professor: Drs. James Lauderdale & Brett Clementz
Department: Neuroscience
Kerri Coon (Global Impact Award)Major Professor:  Dr. Michael Strand
Department: Entomology
Wided Najahi-MissaouiMajor Professor: Dr. Brian Cummings
Department: Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences
David SchaefferMajor Professor:  Dr. Jennifer McDowell
Department: Neuroscience
Natalie ScholpaMajor Professor: Dr. Brian Cummings
Department: Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences, Interdisciplinary Toxicology
Anthony SzempruchMajor Professor: Dr. Stephen Hajduk
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Emily TrunnellMajor Professor: Dr. Gaylen Edwards
Department: Neuroscience
Jeremy YatvinMajor Professor: Dr. Jason Locklin
Department: Chemistry

ARCS scholars with UGA President Jere W. Morehead at ARCS Award Luncheon held Nov 19th, 2015

UGA ARCS Scholars 2014-2015

Lydia AndersonMajor Professor: Dr. Ralph Tripp
Department: Infectious Diseases
Daniel BeckerMajor Professors: Drs. Sonia Altizer & Daniel Streicher
Department: Ecology
Heather Bishop (Roche Award)Major Professor: Dr. Vasant Muralidharan
Department: Cellular Biology
Jessica HoffmanMajor Professor: Dr. Daniel Promislow
Department: Genetics
Jennifer LeeMajor Professor:  Dr. Ron Blount
Department: Clinical Psychology
Matthew MeiselMajor Professor:  Dr. Adam Goodie
Department: Psychology
Wided Najahi-MissaouiMajor Professor: Dr. Brian Cummings
Department: Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences
Asher Rosinger - GLOBAL IMPACTMajor Professor: Dr. Susan Tanner
Department: Anthropology
Farah SamliMajor Professor: Dr. Donald Harn
Department: Infectious Diseases
David SchaefferMajor Professor:  Dr. Jennifer McDowell
Department: Interdisciplinary Neuroscience
Natalie ScholpaMajor Professor: Dr. Brian Cummings
Department: Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences, Interdisciplinary Toxicology

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UGA ARCS Scholars 2013-2014

Eric DeJesus - GLOBAL IMPACTMajor Professor: Stephen Hajduk
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Matthew FurgusonMajor Professor: Marcus Fechheimer
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Jessica HoffmanMajor Professor: Daniel Promislow
Department: Genetics
Wai HungMajor Professor: Jajgopal Govindarajan
Department: Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences
Jennifer LeeMajor Professor: Ronald Blount
Department: Psychology
Colette Miller Major Professor: Clift Baile
Department: Nutrition
Rebecca Sweet Major Professor: Jason Fastre
Department: Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences
Rachelle ArnoldMajor Professor: Jason Locklin
Department: Chemistry
Kristin LoiselleMajor Professor: Ronald Blount
Department: Psychology
Natale SciolinoMajor Professor: Philip Holmes
Department: Psychology
ARCS-2013-14 group photo

UGA ARCS Scholars 2012-2013
Rachelle ArnoldMajor Professor: Jason LocklinDepartment: Chemistry
Laura CuffMajor Professor: Ellen NeidleDepartment: Microbiology
Sharon King Keller - GLOBAL IMPACTMajor Professor: Silvia MorenoDepartment: Cellular Biology
Kristen LoiselleMajor Professor: Ronald BlountDepartment: Psychology
Cary McGinnis Major Professor: Michael BartlettDepartment: Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences
Bonney Reed-Knight Major Professor: Ronald BlountDepartment: Psychology
Julie Rushmore Major Professor: Sonia Altizer/Margie LeeDepartment: Ecology/Veterinary Medicine
Natale Sciolino Major Professor: Phil HolmesDepartment: BHSI Neuroscience Ph.D. Program, Psychology
Timothy ShawMajor Professor: Ming ZhangDepartment: Epidemiology & Biostatistics

ARCS Foundation scholars

UGA ARCS Scholars 2011-2012
Phillip Callihan
Major Professor: Shelley Hooks
Department: Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences
Jason Mock
Major Professor: Brian Cummings
Department: Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences
Jenna Oberstaller
Major Professor: Jessica Kissinger
Department: Genetics
Kathryn Porter
Major Professor: Mary Ann Johnson
Department: Foods and Nutrition
Bonney Reed-Knight
Major Professor: Ronald Blount
Department: Psychology
Julie Rushmore
Major Professor: Sonia Altizer/Margie Lee
Department: Ecology/Veterinary Medicine
Alecia Septer
Major Professor: Eric Stabb
Department: Microbiology
Timothy Shaw-GLOBAL IMPACT
Major Professor: Ming Zhang
Department: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Katherine Verbist
Major Professor: Kim Klonowski
Department: Cellular Biology
The 2011 UGA ARCS Delegation

The 2011 UGA ARCS Delegation

UGA ARCS Scholars 2010-2011

Phillip Callihan
Major Professor: Shelley Hooks
Department: Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences
Elizabeth Driskell
Major Professor: Elizabeth Howerth
Department: Veterinary Pathology
Carly JordanMajor Professor: Boris Streipen
Department: Cellular Biology
Megan McCormick
Major Professor: Ronald Blount
Department: Psychology
Bonney Reed-Knight
Major Professor: Ronald Blount
Department: Psychology
Julie Rushmore - GLOBAL IMPACT
Major Professor: Sonia Altizer/Margie Lee
Department: Ecology/Veterinary Medicine
Alecia Septer
Major Professor: Eric Stabb
Department: Microbiology

UGA ARCS Delegation

UGA ARCS Scholars 2009-2010
Benjamin AustinMajor Professor:Jennifer McDowell
Department: Psychology
Caryn HaleMajor Professor: Michael and Rebecca Terns
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Megan McCormickMajor Professor: Ronald Blount
Department: Psychology
Elizabeth RahnMajor Professor: Andrea Hohmann
Department: Psychology
Michael StramielloMajor Professor: John Wagner
Department: Neuroscience - Physiology and Pharmacology
Carly JordanMajor Professor: Boris Streipen
Department: Cellular Biology
Meagan McManusMajor Professor: James Franklin
Department: Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences
UGA ARCS Scholars 2008-2009
Jillian HurstMajor Professor:Shelley Hooks
Department: Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences
Carly JordanMajor Professor: Boris Streipen
Department: Cellular Biology
Jodell LinderMajor Professor: Daniel Promislow
Department: Genetics
Meagan McManusMajor Professor: James Franklin
Department: Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences
Meghan MitchellMajor Professor: L. Stephen Miller
Department: Psychology
Dawn PennMajor Professor: Ruth Harris/Mary Ann Johnson
Department: Foods and Nutrition
Todd SmithMajor Professor: Timothy Hoover
Department: Microbiology

ARCS Scholars 2009

UGA ARCS Scholars 2007-2008
Geneva DeMarsMajor Professor: J. David Puett
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Sarah EisensteinMajor Professor: Andrea Hohmann
Department: Neuroscience - Psychology
Jillian HurstMajor Professor: Shelley Hooks Pence
Department: Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences
Jodell LinderMajor Professor: Daniel Promislow
Department: Genetics
Dawn PennMajor Professor: Ruth Harris/Mary Ann Johnson
Department: Foods and Nutrition
Norman PollockMajor Professor: Richard Lewis
Department: Foods and Nutrition
Laura WilliamsMajor Professor: Anne Summers
Department: Microbiology

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UGA ARCS Scholars 2006-2007
Christopher BlackMajor Professor: Gary Dudley
Department: Kinesiology
Kara DyckmanMajor Professor: Jennifer McDowell
Department: Psychology
Sarah EisensteinMajor Professor: Andrea Hohmann
Department: Neuroscience - Psychology
Tannia GuitierrezMajor Professor: Andrea Hohmann
Department: Psychology
Ben HasselbringMajor Professor: Duncan Krause
Department: Microbiology
Dawn PennMajor Professor: Ruth Harris/Mary Ann Johnson
Department: Foods and Nutrition
Brianna PetersonMajor Professor: Brian Cummings
Department: Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences
Rebecca TomlinsonMajor Professor: Michael Terns
Department: Genetics
Laura WilliamsMajor Professor: Anne Summers
Department: Microbiology
UGA ARCS Scholars 2005-2006
Christopher BlackMajor Professor: Gary Dudley
Department: Kinesiology
Mathew BondsMajor Professor: Pejman Rohani
Department: Ecology
Pamela BonnerMajor Professor: Lawrence Shimkets
Department: Microbiology
Sarah FinchMajor Professor: Michael Terns
Department: Genetics
Alex HarrisMajor Professor: Adivye Ergul
Department: Clinical Pharmacy
Edward MahoneyMajor Professor: Kevin McCully
Department: Kinesiology
Karen StirrettMajor Professor: Janet Westpheling
Department: Genetics
Richard SuplitaMajor Professor: Andrea Hohmann
Department: Psychology
Rebecca TomlinsonMajor Professor: Michael Terns
Department: Genetics
UGA ARCS Scholars 2004-2005
Mathew BondsMajor Professor: Pejman Rohani
Department: Ecology
Pamela BonnerMajor Professor: Lawrence Shimkets
Department: Microbiology
Vivien DuganMajor Professor: William Davidson
Department: Infectious Diseases
Sarah FinchMajor Professor: Michael Terns
Department: Genetics
Alex HarrisMajor Professor: Adivye Ergul
Department: Clinical Pharmacy
Kimberly HillMajor Professor: Catherine White
Department: Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences
Edward MahoneyMajor Professor: Kevin McCully
Department: Kinesiology
Rebecca TomlinsonMajor Professor: Michael Terns
Department: Genetics
UGA ARCS Scholars 2003-2004
Pamela BonnerMajor Professor: Lawrence Shimkets
Department: Microbiology
Lowell Rayburn CombsMajor Professor: Michael Bender
Department: Genetics
Kimberly HillMajor Professor: Catherine White
Department: Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences
Martin MooreMajor Professor: Katherine Spindler
Department: Genetics
Andrew ReamsMajor Professor: Ellen Neidle
Department: Microbiology
Robert Waldo IIIMajor Professor: Duncan Krause
Department: Microbiology
Sarah FinchMajor Professor: Michael Terns
Department: Genetics
Michael YabsleyMajor Professor: William Davidson
Department: Medical Microbiology and Parasitology
UGA ARCS Scholars 2002-2003
Pamela BonnerMajor Professor: Lawrence Shimkets
Department: Microbiology
Scott CallisonMajor Professor: Mark Jackwood
Department: Medical Microbiology and Parisitology
Lowell Rayburn CombsMajor Professor: Michael Bender
Department: Genetics
Jarrat JordonMajor Professor: Duncan Krause
Department: Microbiology
Martin MooreMajor Professor: Katherine Spindler
Department: Genetics
Andrew ReamsMajor Professor: Ellen Neidle
Department: Microbiology
Julie StantonMajor Professor: Kojo Mensa-Wilmot
Department: Cellular Biology
Robert Waldo IIIMajor Professor: Duncan Krause
Department: Microbiology
UGA ARCS Scholars 2001-2002
Scott CallisonMajor Professor: Mark Jackwood
Department: Medical Microbiology and Parisitology
Nathaniel CosperMajor Professor: Robert Scott
Department: Chemistry
Bolyn FralishMajor Professor: Rick Tarleton
Department: Cellular Biology
Gregory FralishMajor Professor: David Puett
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Jarrat JordanMajor Professor: Duncan Krause
Department: Microbiology
Martin MooreMajor Professor: Katherine Spindler
Department: Genetics
Julie StantonMajor Professor: Kojo Mensa-Wilmot
Department: Cellular Biology
UGA ARCS Scholars 2000-2001
Jason GoldsteinMajor Professor: James Travis
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Amy MedlockMajor Professor: Harry Dailey
Department: Microbiology
Bolyn FralishMajor Professor: Rick Tarleton
Department: Cellular Biology
Alison NairnMajor Professor: Kelley Moremen
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Robert Waldo IIIMajor Professor: Duncan Krause
Department: Microbiology