Each ARCS chapter supports scholars at academic institutions in its local area. Every institution that ARCS partners with undergoes a comprehensive evaluation and is approved by the ARCS National Board. The evaluation process considers the strength of the institution’s degree programs, faculty size and quality, scientific publications, library facilities, test scores, national research grant funding, and faculty membership in professional organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and The Institute of Medicine.
The Northern California Chapter has a University Assessment Committee whose members have no affiliation with any of the recipient schools. If a university or a department within a university does not conform to the standards of the University Assessment Committee, the department or university is dropped from the Chapter’s recipient roster.
Current List of Approved Departments by Universities
"The ARCS award has allowed me to prioritize my coursework and research in a way that would not otherwise be possible. I estimate that without it, I would be working well upwards of 20 hours a week in addition to my scholarly activities and the quality of my work would necessarily suffer. Truly, of any academic recognition I have ever received, the ARCS award is what I am most proud of."
Willie Mae Reese, UC Berkeley
"With your support, I do not have to worry about funding my studies as I acclimate to my new campus and graduate school. I am able to have more independence in choosing my research and can study and contribute to an area that I am passionate about because it is socially relevant science. In the future, I hope to inspire other young scientists to pursue STEM careers."
Elizabeth Crook, UC Santa Cruz
"As I finish my thesis on coral reef research in the ocean sciences, these generous funds have allowed me to focus solely on my dissertation. As a new mom, this focus is extremely valuable, and allows me to spend my spare moments at home with my son rather than putting in extra hours toward my stipends and fees. Your donation has helped me achieve a positive work-life balance, which is something many female scientists strive to attain!"