Two Engineering Grad Students Win ARCS Scholarships

Oct. 21, 2019 - Two Samueli School graduate students, Chloe Groome and Bryce Wilson, are recipients of the ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation Scholar Awards. The two are among 10 UC Irvine students this year to win the fellowship award – $10,000 over two years – that recognizes academically superior doctoral students exhibiting outstanding promise as scientists, researchers and leaders.

Groome is a third-year doctoral student in materials science and engineering and is advised by Regina Ragan. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics from UCLA, then interned at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for a year before working at Intel as an emulation test engineer.  Her research at UCI involves using computer simulations to explore how single atoms of cheap metals can be stabilized to replace expensive platinum in hydrogen fuel cells and automotive catalytic converters.

“I’m thrilled to do cutting-edge research that will pave the way for more affordable, efficient and sustainable energy production and transportation,” said Groome. “This award will make it easier to communicate my research to an international audience and push the work even further. The dream is a post-fossil fuel society.”

Wilson is a third-year doctoral student in chemical and biomolecular engineering, working under the mentorship of both Vasan Venugopalan and Elliot Botvinick. Wilson earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from UC San Diego, where he graduated magna cum laude. At UCI, he is focused on the development of an optical platform capable of exploring mechanotransduction in 3D microenvironments.

“I am grateful for the introduction to the ARCS community, which will give me the networking opportunities that I need to continue to grow as a researcher,” said Wilson. 

Both students are NSF Graduate Research fellows and believe strongly in the importance of science communication. They work as writers for the Loh Down on Science syndicated radio segments that communicate science to a wide audience with humor and insight.

The ARCS Foundation is a unique, nonprofit national volunteer organization. It is comprised of women dedicated to providing scholarships to academically outstanding U.S. citizens studying to complete their degrees in science, medicine and engineering, thereby contributing to the worldwide advancement of science and technology.

– Lori Brandt

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