Current Scholars


The Minnesota Chapter of ARCS Foundation supports scholars from the University of Minnesota. All are selected by their respective schools and meet ARCS Foundation’s high standards of academic excellence.

ARCS Foundation Scholar Awards are presented each October, and provide Scholars with $5,000 per year, for two to three years depending on the specific Award mechanism.

2018 - 2019 Scholars

ARCS Foundation Minnesota is honored to present awards to four outstanding scholars chosen by the scholar selection committees in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering; Computer Science; and Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota.


Elizabeth (Lizzy) Crist
Lizzy Crist in lab


Richard Pyle, MD, Scholar  Award 
Biomedical Engineering
  • Second-year graduate student in Dr. David Wood’s Living Devices Lab
  • Studying cancer cell migration and role in metastisis


  • Be an advocate for individuals, in particular young women, seeking to achieve their full potential, whether that be in the classroom, within the community, or in athletics.

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Colette Rogers

Colette Rogers in lab







MN Chapter Scholar Award
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics
  • Third-year graduate student co- advised by Dr. Anja-Katrin Bielinsky and Dr. Eric Hendrickson
  • Studying DNA replication, DNA damage repair research, and genome engineering


  • Impact human health by inspiring future development of novel strategies for cancer treatment therapies

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Nicholas Heller

Nick Heller







MN Chapter Scholar Award
  • Working with Professor Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos on the development of machine learning algorithms for medical image analysis


  • Develop useful tools for clinical practice, and to aid in the discovery of visual biomarkers for non-invasive diagnoses

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Fredarla (Freddie) Miller

Freddie Miller








Power of 100 Southwest, ARCS Scholar Award
  • Works with Dr. Michael Freeman and helped set up his research lab
  • Studies natural product biosynthesis. 


  • Attend out-of-state conferences during the remainder of her graduate school career.
  • Spend more time mentoring high school students through their independent research projects

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