The Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation has awarded two students from the University of Maryland College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences with scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year. Each scholar is a merit award winner currently pursuing significant research in the sciences. The honorees attended a reception at the Great Hall and Auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences headquarters building in the District of Columbia on Oct. 23, 2014.
This year's scholars include:
- Eleanor Gillette, Lockheed Martin Scholar, Ph.D. candidate in chemistry and biochemistry
Gillette combines high-performance computing, precision nanostructure fabrication and electrochemical testing to investigate the possibilities and limitations of nanoscale electrode structures for electrochemical energy storage systems, such as batteries and supercapacitors. Gillette received her bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a second year scholar.
- Rachel Lee, JCM Foundation Scholar, Ph.D. candidate in physics
Lee uses physics techniques to measure the collective migration of cells and the dynamics of collectively migrating cells to determine how cancer cells spread throughout the body. Lee received bachelor of science degrees in physics and chemical engineering from the University of Arkansas. She is a second year scholar.
UMD students Colin M. Gore (materials science and engineering), Christopher E. Hendricks (mechanical engineering), Omid D. Rahmanian (bioengineering), Bernadette Cannon (aerospace engineering) and Anna Whittaker (civil and environmental engineering) also received scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Since 1998, 65 University of Maryland students have been designated ARCS Scholars, receiving nearly $1 million in support from the Metro Washington chapter of ARCS for their outstanding work. Visit the ARCS website to learn more about the ARCS scholar program, including requirements for application.
The full list of 2014-2015 regional scholars can be found here.
About the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland educates more than 7,000 future scientific leaders in its undergraduate and graduate programs each year. The college's 10 departments and more than a dozen interdisciplinary research centers foster scientific discovery with annual sponsored research funding exceeding $150 million.