Scholar Selection Process

How Honolulu ARCS Scholars are Chosen

The Honolulu Chapter annually supports about a dozen ARCS Scholars through proceeds from endowed funds, donations and chapter fundraising. In early spring, the board determines the number of awards and an allocation committee designates the disciplines to be supported that year. Major donors may designate a preferred field within approved disciplines at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

The chapter notifies officials in the university's Graduate Division, who coordinate with the designated units to selecting recipients from qualified candidates. The selection process may vary by unit, with some requiring applications or presentations.

To be eliglble to receive an ARCS Scholar Award, nominees must:

  • be a U.S. citizen
  • be a full-time doctoral student in good standing
  • plan to continue academic or research activity in the coming year
  • allow UH and ARCS to publish biographical information and photos
  • agree to notify the chapter about achievements

As unrestricted awards, funds may be used in any way that advances scholars' research, including equipment, travel and educational or living expenses. They do not qualify as scholarships for tax purposes.

For more information, contact ARCS Foundation, Honolulu Chapter.

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