Campus: San Francisco State University -- March 5, 2004
SFSU Science Students Honored with Scholarships
Seven master's students in the College of Science and Engineering at
San Francisco State University were honored during a ceremony last month
with highly selective scholarships from the ARCS Foundation, which is
dedicated to "helping the best and brightest" U.S. undergraduate
and graduate students in the natural sciences, medicine and engineering.
When Sputnik I, the world's first artificial satellite, was launched
in 1957 it started more than the now legendary "space race"
between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. It prompted four Los Angeles women to
bolster science education and create the Achievement Rewards for College
Scientists (ARCS) Foundation, which decades later continues to support
science students at universities such as SF State.
The highly selective ARCS scholarships are awarded at only 45 colleges
and universities in the U.S., and only seven in Northern California.
SFSU has participated in the scholarship program since 1991, receiving
about a half dozen awards annually. This year, seven master's students
in the College of Science and Engineering (COSE) were honored with Northern
California ARCS Foundation scholarships of $5,000 each at an awards
luncheon held Feb. 6 in San Francisco.
The scholarship recipients -- who were recommended to ARCS by COSE faculty
based on strong academic records and needs -- represent the departments
of mathematics, physics and astronomy, chemistry and biochemistry and
biology. They are:
- David Ai of Foster City (mathematics), who is conducting research
in the invariant theory subfield of computational commutative algebra;
- Karen Aiken of San Francisco (physics and astronomy), who is hunting
for very distant quasars, the star-like sources of radio wave emissions
that reveal the existence of black holes;
- Jennifer Carah of San Francisco (biology), who is pursuing research
in plant ecology, rarity, conservation and restoration;
- Leslie Lazarotti of San Francisco (biology), who is studying the
processes behind habitat succession and how one environmental community
shifts into another;
- Julie Patricia Nygard of San Francisco (conservation biology), who
is examining the impacts of an invasive species (argentine ants) on
a natural system (Northern California willow trees);
- Jessica Posada of San Francisco (cell and molecular biology), whose
research is focused on the molecular genetic basis of plant-pathogen
- Diana Shem of Albany (chemistry), who is conducting a computational
study of the catalysis of an enzyme involved in the synthesis of DNA.
Since its founding in 1971, the Northern California ARCS chapter has
raised nearly $10 million for 1,726 scholars attending seven northern
California universities. In addition to San Francisco State University,
the Northern California institutions include Stanford University, University
of San Francisco, and UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCSF and UC Santa Cruz.
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