Graduate Students Receive Impactful STEM Award
BioSci graduate students Amanda McQuade and Barbara Waring have been selected to receive Achievement Rewards For College Scientists (ARCS) Scholar Awards for 2019. The ARCS scholar award is intended to provide additional financial support for exceptional graduate students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Amanda McQuade is a graduate student in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. Mentored by Associate Professor Dr. Mathew Blurton-Jones, her research project utilizes stem cells to model a newly identified role for the brain’s immune system in Alzheimer’s disease.
Developmental and Cell Biology graduate student Barbara Waring works with Associate Professor Christine Suetterlin, and Professor Ming Tan from the School of Medicine. Her thesis project focuses on the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, and how the bacterium influences host ciliated cells.
The ARCS’ awards will help both Amanda and Barbara complete their innovative thesis projects, and provide them with the opportunity to network with various other ARCS awardees and alumni. Congratulations to them both!
Founded in 1958 by a group of visionary women volunteers, the ARCS Foundation is a nonprofit national volunteer organization of women seeks to further advance science and technology in the United States by providing financial assistance to exceptional U.S. citizens studying to complete degrees in STEM fields. ARCS works in close collaboration with universities across the U.S., and is comprised of over 1500 women volunteer members of 17 regional foundations, including ones in Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego.