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“ARCS SUPERNOVA 2024: The Minds of TODAY Creating Solutions for TOMORROW”

This annual signature event of ARCS Foundation Northern California Chapter (NCC) serves as a pivotal platform to celebrate ARCS Scholars and to recognize them as emerging scientists, amplifying the visibility of their pioneering research, and offering them invaluable opportunities for public speaking engagement.

This year, we applaud 84 ARCS NCC Scholars representing a diverse array of disciplines and research interests. These scholars, all US citizens, have been carefully selected from 101 departments across seven esteemed academic institutions: San Francisco State University, Stanford University, and the University of California campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Merced, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz. In addition to the opportunity to celebrate these scholars, SUPERNOVA serves as a symposium, a pivotal platform for showcasing the scholars’ remarkable work and intellect.

SCHOLAR SYMPOSIUM

This website is the online version of the SUPERNOVA symposium. In the Poster Halls, you’ll find each scholar’s biography, a 3-minute video, and a research poster, to gain deeper insights into scholars’ innovative pursuits.

And, you can watch the recordings of the event’s two stimulating scholar roundtables, each moderated by esteemed industry and science education leaders and featuring 4 scholar panelists. The panels discuss current topics of societal interest. This year’s subjects include the importance of science communication and the positive impacts of artificial intelligence use in scientific research.

Explore and be inspired!

SCHOLAR QUOTE

I am sincerely grateful for the generous award from the ARCS Foundation to pursue solving the
mysteries of biological mechanisms. I am particularly excited about the opportunity to present my work
and learn about the work of other ARCS Scholars at the annual symposium.

I strongly believe in the value and importance of science communication and am grateful for the chance
to develop this skill. I am also looking forward to the roundtable discussions…I am eager to hear
different perspectives and expertise regarding relevant topics in science research.

Thank you for helping build a science community with opportunities to both practice communicating our
own science and learn from our peers. Thank you for funding graduate student research to help alleviate
some of the obstacles that are in the way for many who aspire to pursue a PhD and subsequently
promoting diversity in science.

Chloe Ghent
UC San Francisco

Now that I am in graduate school… it is extremely difficult to balance work and school, especially because research is so demanding. I plan to use the money to help support myself so that I do not need to work as much and may redirect my physical and mental energy into school, allowing me to focus more on my thesis project.

Alice Truong
San Francisco State University

It is beautiful to be a part of a community that works together to champion scientific research. My colleagues were incredibly excited to hear that I had received an ARCS Foundation Award, because many past and present members of my lab received support from this award. Thus, I am not only thankful for my award but also for the past awards that funded the work of multiple generations of researchers in my field. I would not be where I am today without their contributions and guidance, and I look forward to continuing our path of discovery.

Camille Derderian
UC San Francisco

SCHOLAR PRESENTATIONS

ROUNDTABLE ONE

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

The Difficulties, Joys & Responsibilities of Science Messaging

7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
11TH FLOOR

Moderators:

Elizabeth Crum
JP Morgan,
Life Sciences Division

Erika Check Hayden
Director,
Science Communication Program
Physical & Biological Sciences Division,
UC Santa Cruz

ARCS Scholar Panelists:

Amin Al-Jamal, SF State University
Camille Derderian, UC San Francisco
Julia Harenčár, UC Santa Cruz
Mallory Harris, Stanford University

 

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ROUNDTABLE TWO

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, A POSITIVE APPROACH

Using Artificial Intelligence in Scientific Research

8:30 PM – 9:15 PM
11TH FLOOR

Moderators:

Simone Bianco, Ph.D.
Director of Computational Biology,
Altos Labs Bay Area Institute of Science

Tony Capra, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
UC San Francisco
School of Medicine
Epidemiology & Biostatistics

ARCS Scholar Panelists:

Ahmad Zaid Abassi, UC Berkeley
Madelyn Broome, UC Santa Cruz
Arabi Seshappan, UC Merced
Tyler Singer-Clark, UC Davis

 

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POSTER HALLS

POSTER HALL 1:

Computer Science & Electrical Engineering

POSTER HALL 2:

Climate, Environment & Ecology

POSTER HALL 3:

Bioengineering

POSTER HALL 4:

Physics, Math & Astronomy

POSTER HALL 5:

Cell, Micro & Molecular Biology

POSTER HALL 6:

Engineering

POSTER HALL 7:

Agriculture, Animal Science & Biology

POSTER HALL 8:

Ocean & Earth Sciences

POSTER HALL 9:

Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysics & Neuroscience

POSTER HALL 10:

Pharmacology & Physiology

ABOUT THE ARCS SCHOLAR AWARD PROGRAM

SUPERNOVA is part of the ARCS Scholar Award Program, our annual initiative to support the research endeavors of exceptional graduate students at our seven partner universities. The Scholar Award Program enables scholars to give maximum attention to their research by receiving meaningful scholar awards, raises the visibility of ARCS Scholars’ research, increases ARCS Scholars’ science communication skills, and connects ARCS Scholars to industry and to each other.

Your gift to the Scholar Award Fund is 100% tax-deductible and 100% unrestricted to the scholars.

Help shape the trajectory of scientific program and transform the life of a young scientist. Make your Scholar Award Fund gift today.

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