ARCS Foundation’s highest honor for volunteer work is given annually to a member from each chapter. This year the ARCS Light Awardee from the Minnesota Chapter is Judith L. Benham, Ph.D.
Judy served as President of ARCS Foundation Minnesota Chapter 2011-2014. She is being honored for her leadership as Vice President of University Relations. She has worked tirelessly to organize unique and informative events that have been very successful in promoting the Minnesota Chapter and it's Scholars. She has fostered deep relationships with the University of Minnesota and other science-focused organizations, such as the Science Museum of Minnesota. She also was a committee member and a key contributor to the PATS Learning Portal used by all ARCS Chapters.
Judy is retired from her position as Business Director in the 3M Industrial Services & Solutions Division. Her nearly 30-year career included chemical research, research management, and business management in multiple divisions, with professional expertise that encompassed R&D and operations management, strategic & technical planning, and change management.
Judy also served as Chair of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on International Activities (IAC) (2010-2012), Chair of the ACS Board of Directors (2007-09), and as a member of the ACS Board of Directors (2004-09). A member of ACS since 1969, Judy has been active in Society business, serving on numerous committees and as chair of the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry. In recognition of her many contributions, she was named ACS Fellow in 2010. Her current activities focus on globalization and STEM education.
Judy received her BA in chemistry from the University of Rochester, and her Doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Thank you for your tireless work for the MN Chapter, Judy!