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ARCS MN 2020 Scholar Award Webinar - October 21!

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2020

This is the beginning of the year for our new ARCS Scholars and what we, at the Minnesota Chapter of ARCS Foundation, work for all year! We are not only celebrating our Scholars, but also our Scientist of the Year, who will inspire you with her personal story. In this time of COVID-19, we are holding this event as a webinar.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm--7:30 pm

All the funds donated in Minnesota to our Scholar Award fund go directly to the hands of these students. If you’ve made a contribution this year, one of these students will be receiving that money at this event. And, you can follow that student through our website and social media during their studies at the University of Minnesota.

Minnesota Chapter Scholar Awards!

This year we are giving awards to 6 outstanding graduate students in all 6 ARCS-approved departments at the University of Minnesota, including the newly approved Department of Neuroscience. These students have been identified by their departments for their potential to have a great impact on advancing science in their fields.

Minnesota Chapter Scientist of the Year for 2020!

Dr. Rhonda Franklin

Rhonda Franklin, PhD
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, U of MN
IEM Abbott Professor in Innovative Education
IEM Inspire Program Co-Director


Dr. Rhonda Franklin will tell us the fascinating story of her journey as a scientist and how she inspires young people to follow STEM careers. Building on the Minnesota Chapter’s spring webinar about “The Need for Science Advocacy,” we are recognizing Dr. Franklin, not only for her ground-breaking research in radio and microwave engineering, but for her work mentoring and encouraging students to follow careers in science.

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In 2020, Dr. Franklin received one of the inaugural Institute of Engineering in Medicine (IEM) Abbott Professorships in Innovative Education, awarded to the co- directors of the Inspire Program in IEM at the University of Minnesota. The award is intended to help advance the IEM's mission to inspire students from diverse communities in eighth grade through junior college to see themselves in STEM careers in biomedicine and healthcare.