Who We Are

Supporting Science with a Sense of PlaceHawaiian islands as seen from space

With clear dry skies above high mountain peaks, deep seas just offshore and active volcanoes on land and underwater, Hawai‘i is a prime location for scientists seeking to understand the workings of Earth and the universe. As the world's most remote and one of its most diverse land masses (with 10 of the world's 13 climate subzones), the archipelago is an ideal natural laboratory for study of evolutionary and conservation biology, agriculture and sustainable technologies. An equally diverse human environment, rich cultural history and location midway between East and West make the islands an ideal place for advances in health sciences and discoveries inspired by ancient knowledge or driven by international collaborations.

Since its founding in 1974, the Honolulu chapter of ARCS has anually supported about a dozen American doctoral students in the sciences, mathematics, engineering, medicine and nursing at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. We have awarded more than $1.7 million to nearly 600 scholars. These awards are made possible through the endowment and fundraising activities of chapter members—women who believe that science holds answers and who remain committed to promoting U.S. leadership in scientific discoveries and technologial innovations.

Fire Ants Spark Membership

fire ants on chopstick“I believe we play a part in making our world a safer and healthier place to live. My part may include encouraging talented science students to stay in their fields through the awards that we give. ”

Ann Ho joined the Honolulu Chapter after hearing an ARCS Scholar talk about teaching school children to monitor invasive fire ants with peanut butter and a chopstick.

Scholar Alumna Pays it Forward

Pamela Hallock Muller, headshot“ARCS Honolulu Chapter provided recognition that my efforts and education were a worthwhile investment at a time when others could see little future for me.”

1976 Honolulu ARCS Scholar and Tampa Chapter member Pamela Hallock Muller was named one of 25 Top Women Professors in Florida. The University of South Florida marine scientist overcame gender discrimination and has mentored 60 graduate students, 10 of them from underrepresented minorities.