About ARCS Honolulu Chapter

Honolulu Women Leaders on a Mission

Women gathered for holiday teaARCS Foundation Honolulu Chapter is an all-volunteer, non-profit orgnization that provides financial support to outstanding University of Hawai‘i students pursuing graduate studies and conducting research in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health.

Our members come from community, business, government and education sectors, united by our keen interest in things scientific and our strong commitment to advancing U.S. leadership in STEM fields … not to mention our delight in good company and fun events.

Join us! Contact Vice President for Membership Patty Lee at 808-261-1361 or arcshonolulu@gmail.com for more information.

Meet some of our exceptional members who have received ARCS Angel and ARCS Light Awards or read about our latest ARCS Scholars.

2022-2023 Board of Directors

Co-Presidents: Jacqueline Maly (chapter affairs), Cheryl Ernst (national affairs)
Vice President - Membership: Patricia (Patty) Lee
Co-Vice President - Membership: Jane Sbhoonmaker
Treasurer: Susan Moore
Recording Secretary: Roslyn (Roz) Pearson
Corresponding Secretary: Sui-Lan Ellsworth
Communications: Jessica (Jessie) Radovich
Scholar Relations: Mandy Chen
University Relations Director: Cheryl Ernst
Co-University Relations Director: Patricia (Patty) Fryer
Hospitality Director: Wendy Lagareta

Our 2022-2023 Calendar
Save the Dates (Note: Programs will be conduc"ted online until the pandemic eases):
Sept. 13 - Scholar alumna Dr. Heidi Hammel on New Views of the Cosmos with the James Webb Space "Telescope"
Oct. 18 - 2022 Scientist of the Year talk by Dr. Rachel Novotny on "Children's Healthy Living in the Pacific
Nov TBD - Hawaiian Stilts and Taro Fields
Feb. 13 - Heart of Gold Fundraiser Luncheon
Apr. TBD - ARCS Scholars Symposium
May 2 - ARCS Scholar Award Dinner
Download the Complete Calendar
PDF icon2022-2023Calendar.pdf


Scholar Alum Lectures as Hologram

Christopher Shuler holographic imageHonolulu's 2018 ARCS Scholar of the Year Chris Shuler gave the inaugural 3D hologram lecture on the University of Hawai‘i's HaloCampus, live streaming information about his research on sustainable water resources to American Samoa.

Honolulu Scholar Recognized for Work on Selenium and Psychiatric Disorders

Alexandru Sasuclark headshot“My research, if successful, would add a new diagnostic toolset for medical professionals to assess risk for those already at a high risk for developing neuropsychiatric disorders.”

Honolulu ARCS Scholar Alexandru Sasuclark received Best Poster Presentation at the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s 2021 Annual Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Symposium. The George and Virginia Starbuck ARCS Award receipient studies the role of selenium in development of particular neurons in the brain and the perineuronal net structures that surround them. Disruption in their development is characteristic of many neurodevelopmental diseases. A University of Hawai‘i at Manoa PhD candidate in Cell and Molecular Biology, Alexandru aspires to a career in industry pursuing treatments for neurological ailments.

Read about his inspiration or watch his video