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The ARCS® Foundation has added the University of California Merced to its growing list of approved academic partners, as well as the biomedical informatics program at Arizona State University.

LAGRANGE, Ga., April 5, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The University of California Merced is the 50th and final institution added to the list of approved academic partners of the ARCS Foundation. UC Merced is known for the excellence of its graduate program and its achievements in STEM research.

The tenth campus, and the newest of University of California system, UC Merced has proven itself as a leading STEM research university since its founding in 2005. The campus is in the San Joaquin Valleyone of California fastest growing regions. UC Merced has the most diverse student population of all University of California Campus.

The ARCS Foundation Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the addition of UC Merced for scholarship funding. The three accredited departments within the institution are: Environmental Systems, Physics, and Cognitive and Information Sciences. The first scholarships for students graduating from these programs will be awarded in the fall of 2022.

“The Board of Trustees has been extremely impressed with UC Merced’s high academic standing, research excellence, and dedication to serving a diverse student body,” said the ARCS National President. Caron Ogg declared.

“We are honored to be named an ARCS Partner,” said UC Merced Chancellor Juan Sanchez Munoz noted. The approval “demonstrates the organization’s confidence in our emergence as a preeminent national research institution.”

UC Merced’s Environmental Systems graduate program trains students to solve the problems facing the planet—water, soil, climate energy, and resources—by viewing the Earth as a system. integrated.

The graduate program in physics includes research in the traditional disciplines of physics and related interdisciplinary fields.

The Cognitive and Information Science (CIS) doctoral program provides students with an interdisciplinary education in cognitive science with an emphasis on computation, technology, and applications.

The approval process as an ARCS University Partner is rigorous. It includes assessment of graduate program strength, faculty size and quality, national rankings, and national research grant funding, among other criteria.

The ARCS Foundation Board of Trustees also approved the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Arizona State University (USS). This new field of multidisciplinary research involves the generation, acquisition, management and analysis of biomedical and health data, and their translation into information and knowledge to improve the health of individuals and populations.

“The Phoenix Chapter is very excited to potentially fund students in this program, which is an interdisciplinary tour de force with biology, computer science, engineering, epidemiology, math, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, public health, and statistics among the component sciences”, ARCS Phoenix Chapter President Jill Bray states.

Currently, twenty students are enrolled in the doctoral program in biomedical informatics.

The Department of Biomedical Informatics is the second program of Arizona State University to be approved by ARCS National. Earlier this year, ASU’s Speech and Hearing Sciences program was approved for funding by the ARCS National Board of Directors.


About the ARCS® Foundation: The ARCS Foundation is a national women’s nonprofit volunteer organization that promotes America’s competitiveness by providing financial awards to academically outstanding U.S. citizens who study for degrees. in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and health disciplines at 50 of the country’s leading research universities. The organization has awarded more than $120 million to more than 10,900 scholars since 1958. ARCS Foundation Scholars have produced thousands of research publications and patents, secured billions in grants, launched science-related businesses, and played important roles in teaching and youth mentorship in the STEM pipeline. More information is available at

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