Grad students receive Achievement Awards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Awards


The College is proud to announce that six graduate students from the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences have each won $10,000 scholarships from the ARCS Foundation Northern California Chapter, which awards the funds to academically outstanding United States citizens studying to complete their degrees in science, medicine and engineering.

Michelle Afkhami and Chris Martin of Population Biology, Kristina Bezold and Shannamar Dewey of Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology, and Allison Heagerty and Kimberly VanderWaal of Animal Behavior were honored at a November 5 luncheon at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, along with ARCS winners from five other Northern California universities.

“This generous funding allowed me to expand my dissertation into the cutting-edge field of genomics,” says Martin, who also received an ARCS award last year. “This fellowship is one of the few large grants enabling graduate students to pursue truly independent research, making it a fantastic resource for Northern California students. I'm honored!”

The mission of the all-women foundation is to advance our nation’s competitiveness by strengthening the United States’ capacity for scientific and technological innovation. The ARCS Foundation strategy is to impact scientific advancement by supporting the individual potential of science and technology scholars.

Dawne R. Shell, director of the College of Biological Sciences’ Graduate Academic Programs, says that the ARCS Awards provide invaluable support for many scholarly pursuits. “The foundation funds multiple CBS students every year, enabling them to continue their research, get published, and attend academic conferences where vital professional networking occurs.”

According to the foundation, the Northern California Chapter has raised $15,982,800 million for 2,272 scholars attending six northern California universities (San Francisco State University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Davis, University of California, San Francisco, University of California, Santa Cruz). For the 2012-2013 academic year, $695,500 was distributed to 60 scholars.