Goal: Advancing Country's Global Technological
Representatives of the ARCS
Foundation Metropolitan Washington chapter
visited the Homewood campus recently to meet with students
benefited from its funding. Seated: Toni Schierling, ARCS
Poehler, JHU vice provost for research; and Antoinette
Delaney, ARCS vice
president for scholarships and university relations.
Trenkle and Christina Alves, former ARCS Scholars; and
John Sivey, Bridget Wildt and Stephen Martin. All five
recipients are in the
By Brian Shields
Special to The Gazette
For nearly three decades, a select few talented Johns
Hopkins graduate students in engineering
and science have received research support each year from
the ARCS Foundation, whose acronym
stands for Achievement Rewards for College Scientists.
Every fall, the university's vice provost for
research seeks nominations of potential ARCS Scholars from
faculty members and recommends three
or four to the foundation. For the 2008 academic year,
three will be selected to receive one-year
grants of $15,000.
"We are committed to supporting students whose core
research in the hard sciences and
engineering disciplines could feasibly serve as a
breakthrough technology or discovery, with the
fundamental goal of advancing our country's global
technological competitiveness," said Toni Schierling,
president of the ARCS Metro Washington chapter, which funds
awards at Johns Hopkins, Georgetown,
George Washington, the University of Maryland, College Park
and the University of Virginia. The all-
volunteer foundation raises the funds from corporations and
individuals and channels 100 percent of
the dollars to scholarship support.
The three current ARCS Scholars are doctoral students
in the Whiting School of Engineering.
Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering,
John Sivey is researching
herbicides and their long-term effects; specifically, he's
attempting to predict the effects of
chloroacetamide herbicides and herbicide analogues, which
are used all over the globe, and then
determine how to increase the safety of these chemicals
without sacrificing their herbicidal
Bridget Wildt, in Materials
Science and Engineering, is studying the sub-cellular
detachment of cells on solid substrates, an area of inquiry
that has potential applications in fields
ranging from tissue engineering to medical implants. Her
grant is fully funded by the Boeing Corp.
Stephen Martin's research involves a part of the world
few people will ever see. Martin works on
a team in Mechanical
Engineering that is developing navigation systems for
remotely operated robots
that will enable oceanographers and others to explore the
deepest reaches of the ocean. His focus is
on development of a high-level controller to perform the
job of a pilot on autonomous underwater
vehicles, and on controllers to enable these vehicles to
perform accurate low-speed maneuvers.
The importance of philanthropic funding, particularly
in a climate marked by flat or declining
federal research funds, cannot be overstated, Poehler said,
particularly for young scientists like
Sivey, Wildt and Martin who are all exploring novel ideas.
Students in engineering and the natural
sciences who are interested in the 2008-2009 ARCS Scholars
nomination process should contact their
advisers for more information.
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