Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholarship

PurposeARCS Foundation logo

The ARCS competitive scholarship rewards excellence in research. Selection is based primarily on the exceptional promise of the nominee to make a significant contribution to the advancement of science, and to the material and intellectual welfare of all people.

Eligibility

  • Outstanding PhD students entering years 1-6
  • U.S. citizens
  • Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: Bioengineering, Biological and Medical Informatics, Biomedical Sciences, Biophysics, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, Epidemiology and Translational Science, Neuroscience, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics, TETRAD
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Programs are encouraged to nominate previous ARCS Scholars for repeat awards.

Required Nomination Documents/Information

1st year Students

  • Undergraduate institution
  • Prior graduate institution, if applicable
  • GPA (most current)
  • One recommendation letter from the student's application OR one recommendation letter from a UCSF faculty member (5 MB limit, PDF file)
  • CV or statement of academic achievements, including abstracts of published papers, all postsecondary honors and activities (from application) - 5 MB limit, PDF file
  • Copy of the transcript submitted with the application (5 MB limit, PDF file)

Students years 2-6

  • Statement of Interest (5 MB limit, PDF file)
  • Formatted CV (5 MB limit, PDF file in CV template format)
  • Unofficial UCSF Transcript (5 MB limit, PDF file)
  • Faculty Letter (5 MB limit, PDF file)
  • PI/Advisor Name

Support

  • Twelve awards
  • $17,500 stipend for 2021-22 over a nine month period (September-May)
  • The award does not include tuition or fees.

Donor/sponsor

Funding for the ARCS Scholarship is provided through a grant from the ARCS Foundation, whose mission is to advance science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding US citizens studying to complete degrees in science, engineering and medical research. Visit the ARCS Foundation website to find out more. The Graduate Division and our students are grateful for this generous support.

Awardees

2021-2022

Annamarie Bustion – Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics
Christopher Carlson – Tetrad
Gauree Shriram Chendke – Bioengineering
Cambria Chou-Freed – Biomedical Sciences
Jessica Cook – Oral and Craniofacial Sciences
Jean Digitale – Epidemiology and Translational Science
Nicholas Elder – Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
Jessica Gaines – Bioengineering
Dominic Grisingher – Biophysics
Sarah Heater – Tetrad
Regan Volk – Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Jiaxi (Jessica) Wang – Biomedical Sciences

2020-2021

Hersh Kumar Bhargava – Biophysics
Jake Bieber – Bioengineering
Christopher Carlson – Tetrad
Jean Digitale – Epidemiology and Translational Science
Nicholas Elder – Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
Ramin Farhad – Oral and Craniofacial Sciences
Laura Gunsalus – Biomedical and Medical Informatics
Sarah Heater – Tetrad
Katerina Rademacher – Neuroscience
Daphne Superville – Biomedical Sciences
Bianca Vora – Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics
Jiaxi Wang – Biomedical Sciences

Learn more about how this and other internal fellowships are awarded.

 


Pictured in group photo above: (left to right) Tara McIntyre, Ryan Boileau, Natalie Korn, Alexander Wolff, Amanda Irish, Austin Hsu, Nerissa Hoglen, Michael Ryan. Not pictured: Seth Axen, R.A. Greenstein, Paul Klauser, Beau Norgeot. (photo by Elizabeth Silva)