SEATTLE — WSU Innovators Series will present “Achievement Rewards for College Scientists at WSU: “Enhancing Quality of Life Worldwide,” at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at The Rainier Club, 820 Fourth Avenue, Seattle.
 
Universities today compete to attract and train the nation’s top young scientists. In order to better recruit the best science graduate students, WSU Graduate School joined the ARCS Foundation in 1999 as one of its recipients.
 
ARCS sponsors graduate students in the natural sciences, medicine and engineering. The ARCS fellows receive funding to conduct cutting-edge research, allowing them to focus on their research instead of on their funding.
 
Crystal Montoya and Laura Wayne are two such students who have received ARCS recognition.
 
As top in their fields as undergraduates, Montoya and Wayne received valuable support to pursue their educations and research from the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation.
 

View a two-minute video that features professors Browse and Hines and fellows Montoya and Wayne discussing WSU’s ARC program at

http://theinnovators.wsu.edu/feb7-2008.aspx
 
Both women are currently doctoral students at WSU. Montoya wants to see the end of human suffering from tuberculosis. Wayne envisions the creation of safe and sustainable oils for food, fuel and commercial products.
 
They are two of the 23 ARCS fellows at WSU now working closely with faculty mentors, experts in their areas of research.
 
WSU professors and ARCS mentors John Browse and Stephen A. Hines, along with ARCS fellows Montoya and Wayne will talk about how their research is being shaped by ARCS.
 
ARCS’ generosity enables the brightest students to make critical career decisions by helping them financially, said Howard Grimes, vice president for research and dean of WSU’s graduate school.
 
“Working with some of our most outstanding faculty, ARCS fellows help to conduct ground-breaking research while they develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding they’ll use to change our world,” Grimes said.
 
2008 is a year of celebration for the Seattle Chapter of ARCS as it marks 30 years of continuous support for doctoral students attending Washington’s two premier research universities. One hundred percent of donations to ARCS directly benefit students.