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.

2021-2022 Board of Directors

Co-Presidents: Jacqueline Maly (chapter affairs), Cheryl Ernst (national affairs)
Vice President - Membership: Patricia (Patty) Lee
Treasurer: Susan Moore
Recording Secretary: Roslyn (Roz) Pearson
Corresponding Secretary: Sui-Lan Ellsworth
Communications: Jessica (Jessie) Radovich
Data Administrator: Mandy Chen
University Relations: Cheryl Ernst
Immediate Past President: Sui-Lan Ellsworth

Our 2021-2022 Calendar

Save the Dates (Note: Programs will be conducted online until the pandemic eases):
Sept. 2 - Scientist of the Year Pau Hana Talk
Nov. 14–20 - Ho Ho Ho-liday Online Auction and Climate Change Survival Panel
Feb. 7 - Heart of Gold Fundraiser
Apr. 16 - ARCS Scholars Symposium
May 2 - ARCS Scholar Recognition and General Member Meeting
June 9 - Pau Hana Talk on Taro Farming and Hawaiian Stilts (tentative)

Download the Complete Calendar
File2021-2022Calendar.docx

Scholar Matsuda Wins Prestigious Coral Conservation Fellowship

Shayle Matsuda at ocean overlook“The increasing frequency and severity of global coral bleaching events, the devastation to reef ecosystems and the communities who rely on them led to my dedication to coral reef conservation.”

As a University of Hawai‘i at Manoa doctoral candidate, 2019 Honolulu ARCS Scholar Shayle Matsuda pioneered new molecular techniques to study symbioses between coral, algae and bacteria. He continues that work as part of an international coral reef restoration project under a 2021 David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship—a premier postdoctoral program in conservation science that supports early-career scientists and seeks solutions to the most pressing conservation challenges.

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