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Science Scholarships Awarded

Twelve students researching areas from medicine to engineering received scholarships totalling $90,000.
Robin Luby, president of the local Achievement Rewards for Colleges Scientists chapter, presents SDSU a ceremonial check in support of science and engineering scholarships for students.
Robin Luby, president of the local Achievement Rewards for Colleges Scientists chapter, presents SDSU a ceremonial check in support of science and engineering scholarships for students.

The San Diego chapter for Achievement Rewards for Colleges Scientists foundation donated $90,000 for student scholarships at an Oct. 26 ceremony.

Students will receive scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $15,000.

The scholarship foundation funds students studying natural sciences, medicine and engineering.

About the ceremony

The unique ceremony brought donors and scholarship recipients together, providing students an opportunity to share the focus of their research and academic interests at SDSU.

Leaders of the foundation, including Robin Luby, chapter president, Diane Chalmers, chapter vice president of university relations and Barbara Hartung, SDSU liasion, joined SDSU President Elliot Hirshman to honor the students.

Scholarship recipients

  • Martis Cowles, cell and molecular biology
  • Charles Granger, physics
  • Michael Gurney, cell and molecular biology
  • Marcel Hetu, biochemistry
  • Manna Iwabuchi, analytical chemistry
  • Pearl Quijada, cell and molecular biology
  • Chelsea Rochman, ecology
  • Johnny Ruedas, cell and molecular biology
  • Lucie Sharpsten, cell and molecular biology
  • Ginger Tsueng, cell and molecular biology
  • Stanley Walls, cell and molecular biology
  • Robert Wilson, chemistry and biochemistry

Quijada was recently featured in a video about novel heart-disease research.

About Achievement Rewards for Colleges Scientists

Since the San Diego chapter began in 1985, 966 awards totaling $7,187,000 have been allocated to students attending San Diego universities. For academic year 2011-2012, the San Diego Chapter awarded $405,000 to 56 foundation scholars.  

The foundation’s San Diego Chapter, one of 17 chapters across the country, has provided continued support of San Diego State University students studying to complete degrees in science and engineering since 1988.

The nonprofit, all-women, volunteer organization is dedicated to helping the best and brightest U.S. graduate and undergraduate science, engineering and medical students. The organization was formed nationally in 1958 in response to Sputnik and the lack of U.S. supremacy in the technology race.
 
All of the members contribute funds toward these scholarships which are awarded locally to local universities.

In addition to member donations, contributions come from corporations, foundations and other individuals.

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