Eight new OHSU graduate students named as ARCS scholars

ARCS scholars 2017

October 10, 2017

Eight new students from the OHSU School of Medicine Graduate Studies program have been named as ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation Scholars. 

The ARCS Foundation is a national women's group that aids advancement in science and technology by fostering development of new scientists and engineers in the United States. 

Our new OHSU ARCS scholars are:

  • Tim Bates, Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
  • Erik Burlingame, Neuroscience Graduate Program
  • David Jacobs, Program in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Dakota Kliamovich, Program in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Danielle Mathieson, Neuroscience Graduate Program  
  • Kyle Gustafson, Biomedical Engineering Program
  • Charles Heller, Neuroscience Graduate Program 
  • Mollie Marr, Program in Behavioral Neuroscience

ARCS supports exceptional students at top U.S. research universities. Specifically, the Oregon chapter supports students at OHSU, Oregon State University and University of Oregon so they may take on the science challenges of today and tomorrow. 

"The ARCS award has given me confidence that my both my research and extracurricular activities are important and valued by people in my community," said Danielle Mathieson. "The monetary award is also extremely beneficial because now I have more control over my graduate education, and cost is less of a hindrance. I have the power to attend conferences, purchase supplies or deal with normal life costs that could negatively impact the pursuit of my degree. I am enormously grateful to the ARCS Foundation and specifically my donors, Jean and Ralph Quinsey."

The ARCS Foundation Scholar Award of $18,000 is payable over three years, with each award presented in October. 

"The ARCS award is more than money to me; it is both an honor and an opportunity," said Kyle Gustafson. "To be recognized as one of the 'best and brightest U.S. graduate' scholars by this organization is truly confidence-boosting. I am immensely grateful for the ARCS Foundation because they have provided me with the chance to meet motivated, intelligent individuals. The fact that ARCS backs their belief in me monetarily assures me that their recognition and support are sincere.Their annual funding eliminates essentially any financial concerns that I might have as a graduate student, which makes it easier to focus on my research and studies."

"The ARCS award will have an immediate and profound impact on my life," said Mollie Marr. "The first thing you do when money is tight is cut anything extraneous out. In my case, I turned down participation in conferences and workshops that would enhance my studies. I limited where I submitted abstracts knowing that I wouldn't be able to afford the costs of travel. The ARCS award is not only a profound relief, but also a phenomenal gift. Receiving this award is a weight lifted; it is the chance to take a full and deep breath. I am honored to be named an ARCS scholar."

In 12 years, the Oregon chapter has given 201 awards totaling more than $3.2 million to students at the three Oregon universities.

"ARCS scholarships are a key tool for helping OHSU attract top graduate students from around the nation into our doctoral programs," said Allison Fryer, Ph.D., associate dean for graduate studies and professor of medicine, OHSU School of Medicine. "However, ARCS is far more than just financial support. ARCS members take a genuine interest in our students, encouraging them when experiments don't go right, inviting them to dinner, cheering them on as they defend their thesis. It's that kind of wrap-around support that sets ARCS apart and makes a significant difference for students during their graduate school years. We are deeply grateful."  


  • Complete bios and research interests may be found on the ARCS website.
  • Get an overview of the ARCS Oregon Chapter in this video.

Pictured, left to right: Erik Burlingame, Kyle Gustafson, Dakota Kliamovich, David Jacobs, Danielle Mathieson, Mollie Marr, Charles Heller (not pictured: Timothy Bates)