"An Affair to Remember, Celebrating the Minds of the Future"

On Thursday, April 28, 2022, the 8th annual Scholar Symposium was held at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Celebrating 52 years of ARCS NCC advancing science in American, and we also proudly welcomed our 7th academic partner, UC Merced! The evenings’ focus were the 76 ARCS Scholars from our Northern California partner universities. These ‘minds of the future’ were honored in part by showcasing their work at the Symposium. ARCS Scholars presented their research via poster displays facilitating the interaction of ARCS members and guests for a deeper dive into scholars’ work.

See below for an in-depth look the scholar’s work. This year’s Symposium also featured 5 round tables whose participants included ARCS Scholars from the 2021-22 cohort and moderators who are industry and science education leaders.

Symposium 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Stimulating Roundtables  |  Scholar Presentations


Poster Hall 1:

Computer Science & Engineering

Poster Hall 2:

Climate, Environment, & Ecology

Poster Hall 3:


Poster Hall 4:

Physics, Math, & Astronomy

Poster Hall 5:

Cell, Micro, & Molecular Biology

Poster Hall 6:

Agriculture, Animal Science, & Biology

Poster Hall 7: Ocean & Earth Sciences

Ocean & Earth Sciences

Poster Hall 8:

Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysics, & Neuroscience

Poster Hall 9:

Pharmacology & Physiology


I’m honored to be a 2021-2022 ARCS scholar. This award helped fund my move across the country and pay for tuition at my dream graduate program—the UC Santa Cruz Science Communication Program. Thanks to the ARCS Foundation’s support, I will have the education and alumni network to successfully launch my science journalism career. I’m now one step closer to achieving my goals of making science more accessible, investigating issues of bioethics, and evolving artistic forms of journalism.

McKenzie Prillaman
University of California, Santa Cruz

I am honored to be recognized as an ARCS scholar. ARCS seeks to sponsor bright students with the goal of fostering the next generation of scientific progress. As a young scientist, constantly wrestling with self-doubt and imposter syndrome, recognition by such an acclaimed organization gives me confidence that I am on the right track in my scientific career. ARCS sees my potential as a scientist, and I am so very grateful that the support of ARCS foundation provides me the flexibility to pursue my scientific interests.

Peter Andrew
University of California, Davis

As a graduate student in a new lab, funding from the ARCS award alleviated strain on myself and my mentor, allowing us to gather important data instead of focusing all our time on seeking funding. I have been able to perform experiments which are not only fundamental to my PhD work but lay the groundwork for future students to come. This data will allow us to develop improved innate immunotherapeutics which balance the need for affordability and specificity to the individual.

Regan Volk
University of California, San Francisco

Without ARCS, I could have faced funding instability, jeopardizing my ability to stay in the Bay Area and learn from some of the best scientists in the world. I see the ARCS award as an investment in my future as a scientist, and I’m grateful to the ARCS donors and organizers for supporting young scholars like myself for over fifty years.

Abigal “Abby” Harris
University of California, Berkeley


The 2022 ARCS Scholar Symposium, now in its 8th year, was established by the Northern California Chapter of ARCS Foundation, one of 15 Chapters nationwide. It features the research of current Northern California ARCS Scholars, graduate students in STEM and medical research at San Francisco State University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Merced.

Founded in 1970, ARCS NCC has funded more than $23.6 million in ARCS Scholar Awards that have made a difference in the lives of 2,900 scholars as well as their future careers in science. As science advocates, ARCS members are proud to help keep the STEM pipeline full by providing financial support to these young scientists that we call “The Minds of the Future.” We are also proud that for the past two consecutive years, we have given over $1 million to our universities and that we are “on track” to fund $1.150 million for this next academic year (2021-2022) as we make awards to our newest partner UC Merced. Doing so despite the pandemic. 

“The brilliance and curious minds of ARCS scholars at work gives hope and promise for our increasingly complex and problem filled future. They are seeking THAT which will make life better on this planet—and beyond. To support them through ARCS gives me a great personal sense of purpose and satisfaction. Plus, they are quite remarkable when you get to know them, even a teensy bit.”

Jerry Di Vecchio

ARCS Scholar Relations Co-chair

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