The Metropolitan Washington Chapter of the ARCS Foundation has played a vital role in sustaining and enhancing scientific study at the university through its generous support of graduate education and research in the STEM fields since 1973. Beginning in 2012, the Chapter began awarding scholarships to Georgetown undergraduates, a move which further highlighted the central place of science in a liberal arts education. A steadfast partner to Georgetown, the Metropolitan Washington Chapter was inducted into the 1789 Society in 2015 for having exceeded $1 million in philanthropic giving to the University. The Chapter was formally recognized with an award and citation at the Spring Faculty Convocation Ceremony on March 31, 2015.

ARCS Scholar Awards provide $15,000 per year to doctoral students engaged in rigorous scientific study leading to completion of a research-based dissertation. Funds may be applied toward stipend, tuition, or research costs during the academic year of award. A listing of our current and past graduate fellows is provided below.

New / Current Scholars:

Patricia Smith Memorial Scholar & Chapter Scholar
Teresa Duncan, Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry 

Dissertation research: conducting research in polymer gels for the cleaning of cultural heritage. Teresa is a continuing ARCS Scholar Award recipient from 2014-15.

Mentor: Dr. Richard Weiss

Awarded for academic years, 2014-15, 2015-16 (Chapter Scholar) and 2016-17 (Patricia Smith Memorial Scholar).

Noama Wheeler Scholar
Laura C. Erickson, Ph.D. candidate in the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience

Dissertation research: conducting research on the functional and structural neural correlates of audiovisual speech processes, including the McGurk effect, and the connectivity of the superior temporalsulcus in humans using various neuroimaging and meta-analytic techniques. Laura also was the recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, which covered her studies for the period, July 2012-May 2015.

Mentors: Dr. Josef Rauschecker and Dr. Peter Turkeltaub

Awarded for academic year, 2015-16.

Laytham Scholar
Erika Raven, Ph.D. candidate in the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience

Dissertation research: uses novel magnetic resonance imaging methodology to study change in myelin microstructure during human adolescent development. Erika also is the recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, which supported her studies for the period, September 2013-August 2016. Erika expects to defend her dissertation in 2017.

Mentor: Dr. John VanMeter

Awarded for academic year, 2016-17. 

Chapter Scholar
Kyle Shattuck, Ph.D. candidate in the Interdiscplinary Program in Neuroscience

Dissertation research: developing functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans to non-invasively measure changes in specific brain metabolites that regulate attention, learning and memory in humans. Kyle expects to complete defend his dissertation in 2017.

Mentor: Dr. John W. VanMeter

Awarded for academic year, 2015-16.

Forster Scholar & Danaher Corporation Scholar
Marina Solomos, Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry

Dissertation research: how solid state materials utilizes template-directed crystallization to selectively grow polymorphs of organic compounds and to elucidate the interfacial template/crystal interactions that control crystal growth, with applications in pharmaceuticals. 

Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Swift

Awarded for academic years, 2015-16 (Forster Scholar) and 2016-17 (Danaher Corporation Scholar).

Chapter Scholar
Bryce Yoshimura, Ph.D. (Physics, 2016)

Dissertation: "Theoretical studies for experimental implementation of quantum computing with trapped ions"

Mentor: Dr. James Freerick

Awarded for academic years, 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16.

Recent ARCS Scholars, 2008-2014:

General Dynamics Scholar & Chapter Scholar
Marguerite Brown, Ph.D. candidate in Physics

Disseration research: studies liquid crystalline ordering under confinement, using microtubules as a model liquid crystal within microfluidic chambers to provide insight into how liquid crystals order within geometries smaller than their persistence length. Perturbing these systems with bubbles will then provide further insight into the fluid, deformative properties of liquid crystals while providing insight into the dynamics of the cells in which the microtubules are found in vivo.

Mentor: Dr. Daniel L. Blair

Awarded for academic years, 2012-13 (General Dynamics) and 2013-14 (Chapter). 

Chapter Scholar
Patrick Cox, Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience 

Dissertation research: looking at cognitive bottlenecks in the brain, and how the human brain can learn toperform multiple tasks simultaneously, using a tight integration of human functionalbrain imaging, electroencephalography, behavioral techniques, and computationalmodeling.

Mentor: Dr. Maximilian Riesenhuber

Awarded for academic year, 2014-15.

Chapter Scholar
Ilana Grace Goldberg, Ph.D. (Chemistry, 2011)

Dissertation: "Directed Crystal Growth and Solid-State Analysis of the Secondary Explosives RDX and HMX"

Mentor: Dr. Jennifer A. Swift

Awarded for academic years, 2008-09, 2009-10, and 2010-11.

Chapter Scholar
Augusta (Hofstead-Duffy) Levendorf, Ph.D. (Chemistry, 2013)

Dissertation: "Exploring the Structure-Activity Relationship of Platinum and Platinum-based Electro-catalysts for the Methanol Electro-oxidation"

Mentor: Dr. YuYe Tong

Awarded for academic year, 2012-13.

Chapter Scholar
Monique Koppel, Ph.D. (Chemistry, 2014)

Dissertation: "Metal and Non-Metal Catalyzed Beta-Alkylation of Secondary Alcohols: Scope and Mechanism"

Mentor: Dr. Bahram Moasser

Awarded for academic years, 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12.

Chapter Scholar
Eric Patterson, Ph.D. (Biology, 2012)

Dissertation: "Ecological and Life History Factors Influence Habitat and Tool Use in Wild Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops sp.)"

Mentor: Dr. Janet Mann

Awarded for academic years, 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12.

Chapter Scholar
Katy Sherlach, Ph.D. (Chemistry, 2014)

Dissertation: "Assessing Antimalarial Cidality in Plasmodium falciparum Parasites"

Mentor: Dr. Paul D. Roepe

Awarded for academic year, 2011-12.

Chapter Scholar
Casey Shuptrine, Ph.D. (Tumor Biology, 2015)

Dissertation: "The Molecular Determinants of Tumor Cell Modulation of Immune Selection"

Mentors: Dr. Louis M. Weiner and Dr. Anton Wellstein

Awarded for academic year, 2014-15.

Chapter Scholar
Steven Spangenberg, M.S. (Chemistry, 2015)

Dissertation research: conducted research in solid state organic chemistry to elucidate the dehydration mechanism(s) of crystalline hydrates, and how doping effects can be used to rationally tailor the physical properties of these materials. 

Mentor: Dr. Jennifer A. Swift 

Awarded for academic year, 2014-15.

Mars Foundation Scholar & Chapter Scholar
Theodore (Trey) Picou III, Ph.D. candidate in Biology

Dissertation research: studies both the fluid and cellular mechanics involved in the intestinal parasite Giardia lamblia’s attachment mechanism, as well as a characterization of the host’s intestinal mucus environment and its effects on parasite attachment.

Mentor: Dr. Heidi Elmendorf

Awarded for academic years, 2012-13 (Mars Foundation) and 2013-14 (Chapter).

Chapter Scholar
Amanda Zirzow, Ph.D. candidate in Biology (Withdrawn, 2013)

Dissertation research: used a high-throughput genetic screen to study cellular and sub-cellular mechanics of pathogenic yeast to target genes for potent therapeutics.

Mentor: Dr. Anne G. Rosenwald

Awarded for academic year, 2013-14.

ARCS Scholar Awards Alumni, 1975-2007:


Brendan L. Brelsford, Ph.D.

Physics, 2011

2007-08, 2008-09

Leah B. Casabianca, Ph.D. Chemistry, 2008 2006-07, 2007-08
Kristen P. Bloschock, Ph.D. Physics, 2007 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07
Scott T. Mough, Ph.D. Chemistry, 2011 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06
Amanda M. Munson, Ph.D. Biology, 2005 2002-03, 2003-04
Ryan E. Sours, Ph.D. Chemistry, 2004 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03
Catherine T. Santal ---- 2000-01
Dianne M. Snow ---- 1999-00
Hugh D. Moulding, Ph.D. Neuroscience, 2002


David J. Abdallah, Ph.D.

Chemistry, 2000

Marie L. Sandrock, Ph.D. Chemistry, 2000


Eric M. Hernandez, Ph.D. Neuroscience, 2004 1998-99
Kristopher J. Bough, Ph.D. Biology, 1999


Michael J. Pishvaian, Ph.D. Anatomy, 2001 1997-98
Petra S. Buc, M.S. Biology, 1991 1997-98
Jordan D. Stockton, Ph.D. Chemistry, 2001 1996-97
Jason W. Allen, Ph.D. Neuroscience, 2000 1996-97
Richard E. Frye, Ph.D. Physics, 1998 1995-96
Brian T. Rasley, Ph.D. Chemistry, 1998 1995-96
Kenneth R. McGaffin, Ph.D. Tumor Biology, 1999 1995-96
Michael A. Hickey, M.S. Biology, 1997 1995-96
Michael G. Espey, Ph.D. Biology, 1995 1994-95
Lilee Cuff, Ph.D. Chemistry, 1995 1994-95
Anthony C. Tradico ---- 1993-94
James J. Doherty, Ph.D. Biology, 1994 1993-94
Kent C. New, Ph.D. Microbiology, 1998 1992-93, 1993-94
Diana C. Glick, Ph.D. Chemistry, 1995 1992-93
Julianne C. Clifford, Ph.D. Biology, 1994 1992-93
Rita A. Ward, Ph.D. Biology, 1993 1991-92
Thomas C. Waidner, Ph.D. Chemistry, 1992 1991-92
Jonathan Kil  ---- 1991-92
Brent T. Harris, Ph.D. Pharmacology, 1995 1990-91
Stephen J. Gaudet, Ph.D. Biology, 1991 1990-91
Eefei Chen, Ph.D. Chemistry, 1993 1990-91
Ann M. McDermott, Ph.D. Biology, 1991 1989-90
James F. Kirby, Ph.D. Chemistry, 1993 1989-90
Constance Knauer, Ph.D. Chemistry, 2000 1988-89
Sunita V. Cooke, Ph.D. Biology, 1991 1988-89
Wendy I. White, Ph.D. Biology, 1989 1987-88
David M. Northrop, Ph.D. Chemistry, 1991 1987-88
Nancy L. Morris, Ph.D. Chemistry, 1989 1986-87
Mary E. Hooker, Ph.D. Biology, 1987 1986-87
Richard J. Cohen, M.S. Physics, 1986 1985-86
Bruce J. Acken, Ph.D. Chemistry, 1987 1983-84
John W. Wolf, Ph.D. Physics, 1988 1984-85
Jeri A. Boose, Ph.D. Biology, 1986 1984-85
James A. Warshaw, Ph.D. Chemistry, 1987 1983-84
Christopher E. Killian, Ph.D. Biology, 1985 1983-84
Geraldine M. Franklin ---- 1982-83
Stephen C. Chalberg, Ph.D. Chemistry, 1983 1981-82
John A. Ives-Halperin, Ph.D. Biology, 1985 1980-81
Francis J. Hornicek, Ph.D. Physics, 1983 1980-81, 1982-83
John M. Hackney, Ph.D. Biology, 1984 1979-80
Michael M. Kornbluth ---- 1978-79
Andrea C. Hall, Ph.D. Biology, 1981 1978-79
James R. Waterman, M.S. Physics, 1980 1977-78
Suzanne E. Ziska, Ph.D. Biology, 1984 1977-78
James F. Garvey ---- 1977-78
Elizabeth Hepler ---- 1975-76