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2012-13 ARCS Scholars

Six NAU doctoral students were awarded Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) scholarships of $7,000 each for the 2012-13 academic year, providing funds for field work, lab analyses, travel, equipment and reference works, and otherwise unaffordable aspects of their research.

The ARCS Foundation was established 53 years ago with a unique vision of what America needs to remain technologically strong and internationally competitive. A graduate student applying for the ARCS scholarship must have a high scholastic record; proven ability in natural science, medicine or engineering; and be a citizen of the United States. Applications are accepted for the Phoenix chapter each December. If interested in applying, contact your department chair.


Ryan Fitch

Ryan Fitch

Ralph Matteucci Endowment Scholar
Forestry

Research Interests: Economic trade-offs between wildfire suppression costs and fuel treatments, and understanding the benefits of investment in natural capital to shape future policies for wildland fire and fuel management.

Brenda Harrop

Brenda Harrop

ARCS Scholar
Biology

Research Interests: Nutrient dynamics in streams and the contributions of microorganisms to these processes, and studying nitrogen cycling in aquatic systems and using a variety of approaches to better understand the microbial communities involved.

Lucy Mullin Kerhoulas

Lucy Mullin Kerhoulas

Lauber Endowment Scholar
Biology

Research Interests: How land management and climate affect forest health and productivity, regional water yield, and carbon sequestration in ponderosa pine forests.

Louis Lamit

Louis (Jamie) Lamit

ARCS/Windrow Endowment Scholar
Biology

Research Interests: Investigating the positive effects of endophytic fungi associated with the bark of cottonwood trees and documenting rare endophyte species. They are known to protect a variety of plants from stresses of temperature and disease and can be directly beneficial to humans because of the chemicals they produce.

Theresa McHugh

Theresa McHugh

The Marley Foundation Scholar in memory of Mr. Milton "Bud" Webb
Biology

Research Interests: The soil nitrogen cycle in an Arizona grassland that experiences sharp contrasts in precipitation patterns. The impact of the monsoon rains on soil microbial population dynamics and nitrogen mineralization rates affects plant growth and, in turn, Arizona ranchers.

Robert Strahan

Robert Strahan

ARCS/Libby Endowment Scholar
Forest Science

Research Interests: Statistical and simulation modeling to explain and predict plant population and community responses to climate, competition, and historical disturbance. Benefits are of value for scientists and managers concerned with conservation biology and ecology in the Southwest.