ARCS Foundation Builds Partnership to Advance Science


ARCS FoundationTwo events this fall celebrated the growing partnership between Oregon State University and the Portland Chapter of the ARCS Foundation.

One of the fastest-growing chapters of the national ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Sciences) organization, the Portland chapter supports doctoral students at OSU and Oregon Health and Science University who are doing cutting-edge research in science, engineering, and medicine.

More than 100 members strong, this group of women philanthropists is supporting two dozen Oregon State students this year. In just 10 years, the chapter has made awards totalling more more than $2 million to OSU and OSHU students.

At the OSU President’s Dinner on November 7, ARCS Foundation Portland was honored among 15 new members of the Milton Harris Society. This donor community consists of alumni, friends, private foundations, and corporate partners whose lifetime giving to the university exceeds $1 million.

On October 22 the chapter held its annual luncheon where members met with ARCS Scholars for 2013-14. In his keynote address Mark Abbott, dean of OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, discussed the world’s changing oceans and what these changes mean for humanity and ecosystems.

ARCS Foundation Portland made its first four awards to graduate students in OSU’s College of Engineering in 2008. Two years later the organization also began to support Oregon State students from forestry and earth, ocean, and atmospheric sciences.

Only U.S. universities whose departments are ranked in the top 100 nationally are eligible to receive ARCS Foundation scholar awards. After receiving support for three years, ARCS Scholars from the organization’s 17 chapters go on to become scientific leaders throughout the nation. Two are currently on the Oregon State faculty: pelagic (open-ocean) ecologist Kelly Benoit-Bird and Eric Walkingshaw in computer science.

“ARCS Foundation believes that investments in American scientists studying in Oregon State University’s premier doctoral programs in science and engineering build a vital pipeline of intellectual capital for our businesses, a healthy environment, and our general well-being,” stated Portland chapter president Jean Josephson. She is pictured with OSU president Ed Ray and OSU Foundation president and CEO Mike Goodwin at the 2013 President’s Dinner.

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