ARCS spring retreat in New Orleans was a wonderful combination of good food, good fellowship and interesting science. Our focus was the effect of Hurricane Katrina on this historic city, its many issues involved with water, and the efforts to rebuild the man-made elements while protecting the ecology of the area. Evenings were devoted to cocktails, dinner and jazz. Everyone agreed that visiting the World War II Museum was one of the highlights of the trip.
Some of our group stayed an extra day and journeyed to LIGO on Monday for a special tour. Located about 85 miles from NOLA., LIGO is at the cutting edge of physics and astronomy. Their collaborators won the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics for the detection of gravitational waves from merging black holes and merging neutron stars.
Thanks from Alum Eliot Quon, Postdoctoral Researcher at National Renewable Energy Laboratory
ARCS Foundation has been a highlight of my academic career thus far, thank you for the support!
Thanks from Alum Courtney Pollard, III, MD, PhD, MedStar Harbor Hospital, Baltimore
Let me start by saying how thankful I am for being selected as an ARCS scholar. I consider it one of my greatest achievements thus far and I am immensely proud to count myself as one of the amazing group of students that your organization selected to receive this award. I want you ladies to know you are doing an outstanding job! You all are embarked on a truly altruistic endeavor and it is my fervent prayer that this organization thrives for years to come.
Thanks from Alum Collette Miller, Postdoctoral Fellow at US Environmental Protection Agency
"Thank you all for reaching out and the support over the years. It's been a rocky few years following the passing of my doctoral research mentor a few weeks prior to my dissertation defense. Trying to rebound from his loss, finishing my dissertation, and figuring out where to go from there was challenging to say the least ... Thank you again for your support. Honestly I did not know how much I would have ended up relying on the generous gift that the Atlanta Chapter of ARCS Foundation provided when it was first received. However, it was vital in helping me launch a new chapter in my career when I found my plans collapse when my mentor passed. Again, THANK YOU!"