The Minnesota ARCS Chapter celebrated its Scholar event on October 24, 2019 at the Cargill Building on the University of Minnesota campus. The Chapter honored six Scholars from five departments, which is the most Scholars the Chapter has had at one time.
Additionally, Leslie Martin was recognized for winning the ARCS Light award for her role in obtaining a grant from the Power of 100. This allowed us to fund an additional Scholar.
Professor Robert Tranquillo was also awarded the 2019 Scientist of the Year Award for his 20-year tenure as chair of the Biomedical Engineering department. He talked about the start and growth of the BME department as well as his research. He explained the incredible promise of tissue engineering and showed videos of heart valves and vessels that will possibly help children with heart defects in the future.
The data that he presented showed great promise, and we wish him all the best in his endeavors. Overall, the event was a success and filled with discussion with the Scholars.