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ARCS Scholars Drive Innovation

Thirteen students researching areas from medicine to engineering received scholarships totalling more than $90,000.
Scholarship recipients pose with President Hirshman and members of the ARCS foundation.
Scholarship recipients pose with President Hirshman and members of the ARCS foundation.

The San Diego chapter for Achievement Rewards for Colleges Scientists foundation donated $97,500 for student scholarships at an Oct. 22 ceremony.

The foundation, which funds SDSU graduate students studying natural sciences, bio-medicine and engineering, will present students with scholarships for $7,500.

The group of scholarship recipients boasted an impressive repertoire of research topics including anti-cancer drug production to renewable energy sources.

"Understanding research centrality is critical to San Diego State University," said Hirshman. "Research isn't an option or an add on — it's a necessity."

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 joined SDSU President Elliot Hirshman to honor the students.

Scholarship recipients

  • Martis Cowles, cell and molecular biology
  • Lee Frederickson, mechanical engineering
  • Michael Gurney, cell and molecular biology
  • Marcel Hetu, chemistry and biochemistry
  • Vicky Hurless, cell and molecular biology
  • Manna Iwabuchi, chemistry and biochemistry
  • Brandon Kim, cell and molecular biology
  • Sarah McCullough, ecology joint doctorate
  • Timothy Montgomery, chemistry and biochemistry
  • Pearl Quijada, cell and molecular biology
  • Stephen Quistad, cell and molecular biology
  • Stephen Rice, evolutionary biology
  • Julia Rossi, computational science

About Achievement Rewards for College Scientists

Since the San Diego chapter began in 1985, awards totaling more than $7,200,000 have been allocated to students attending San Diego universities.

The foundation’s San Diego Chapter, one of 17 chapters across the country, has provided continued support of SDSU 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 to local universities.

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