Scholar Research and Accolades

2020-21 ARCS-MWC Scholar Award Reception (SAR)

ARCS-MWC hosted the Scholar Awards Reception (SAR) March 30, 2021.  This annual event celebrates the ARCS MWC scholars and their cutting-edge STEM research, with the certainty that one day the scholars will be leaders in their fields.   The scholars represented the following five universities:  Georgetown University(GU), George Washington University (GWU), Johns Hopkins University (JHU), University of Maryland (UMD), and University of Virginia (UVA).   

The SAR, typically held in the Great Hall of the National Academy of Sciences, was held virtually because of the pandemic. The event program included:  five scholar panels moderated by past ARCS scholars; comments by keynote speaker Dr. Sudip Parikh, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science introduced by Dr. Marcia McNutt, President of NAS and past ARCS MWC Eagle Awardee; and remarks from senior administrators from the five partner universities.

Videos of the event are provided below:

Watch the full event here: 2020-21 Scholar Awards Reception

Georgetown Scholar panel moderated by UVA ARCS scholar alum Ori Fox featuring GU scholars:  Megan Barefoot, Daniel O’Brien, and Nicole Wagner.  Presentation of the ARCS Medals conducted by Dr. Billy Jack, GU Vice Provost for Research.(

GWU scholar panel moderated by GWU ARCS scholar alum Michelle Bailey featuring GWU scholars:  Benjamin Bowman, Isaiah King, and Laith Samarah.  Presentation of the ARCS Medals conducted by Dr. Rumana Riffat, GWU Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. (

JHU scholar panel moderated by UVA ARCS scholar alum Ori Fox featuring JHU scholars:  Savannah Est-Witte, Adam Li, and Alexandra Rindone.  Presentation of the ARCS Medals conducted by Dr. Denis Wirtz, JHU Vice Provost for Research. (

UMD scholar panel moderated by GWU ARCS scholar alum Alyssa King featuring UMD scholars: Laura Paquin, Julia Sell, and Michael Zuzak.  Presentation of the ARCS Medals conducted by Dr. Jelena Srebric, UMD Clark School of Engineering Interim Associate Dean for Research (

UVA scholar panel moderated by GU ARCS scholar alum Kristen Bloschock featuring UVA scholars:  Audrey Brown, Samantha Perez, and Michaela Rikard.  Presentation of the ARCS Medals conducted by Dr.  Phillip Trella, UVA Associate Vice Provost and Director of the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.  (

Keynote speaker Dr. Sudip Parikh, CEO of AAAS; including live Q&A moderated by  Elli Nesbitt, Co-President of ARCS MWC. (

John Hickey, JHU, named Siebel Scholar for 2019 

John Hickey was one of five Johns Hopkins University (JHU) engineering students were recently named Siebel Scholars for 2019.  This annual award recognizes nearly 100 of the top graduate students from universities across the nation who are studying in the fields of business, bioengineering, computer science, and energy science.

The JHU newsletter stated that "Hickey, a PhD candidate at in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has received numerous awards, including $20,000 from the Johns Hopkins Idea Lab competition to implement public health campaigns in Baltimore and a $25,000 grant to assist teams in commercializing their research. He is vice president of the nonprofit MEP and created the mobile app T-crunchto increase student feedback in academic classes. He has received NIH, NSF, and ARCS Foundation, Metro Washington Chapteraward to engineer biomaterial artificial lymph nodes and cells for immunotherapy.

Passionate about teaching and community outreach, Hickey has taught at Towson University and at Johns Hopkins, where he created and taught three undergraduate and master's-level immunoengineering courses and served as a teaching-as-research fellow. He mentored 12 students, and together they produced eight publications and 31 presentations with multiple research awards.


Perrin, Falkner, UVA, ARCS MWC Clark Construction Undergraduate Scholar on Sustainability


Perrin Falkner, University of Virginia, ARCS MWC Clark Construction Undergraduate Scholar presented a poster on her work in sustainability. Perrin Falkner's on sustainability in public infrastructure at the American Society of Civil Engineering in partnership with the World Bank. Through the Policy Internship Program (PIP) at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), Perrin was selected to work as one of the science and technology policy interns at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), the Department of Energyís Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), and  the National Rural Electric Cooperative (NRECA) last year.


Erika Raven, Georgetown University Scholar Receives Postdoctoral Fellowship

Erika Raven, ARCS Laytham Scholar and fifth year doctoral candidate in Neuroscience, was awarded the prestigious Marshall Sherfield Postdoctoral Fellowship to the United Kingdom. Erika was recently notified of the award following her panel interview earlier this month.

The fellowship will provide Erika with access to cutting-edge science and engineering research taking place in the UK, as well as the opportunity to collaborate and learn from experts in her field. We are very excited for Erika and the opportunities this fellowship presents for her future as a young investigator and scholar. 

Georgetown University Press Release on Erika Raven

Omid Rahmanian Receives Exceptional Recognition

Omid Rahmanian, a first year ARCS Scholar from the University of Maryland for the 2013-14 academic year, has received exceptional recognition from the university.  Within the field of Physical Sciences, he was awarded the 2012 University of Maryland Invention of the Year.  This competition, which celebrated its 26th year of such awards, is hosted by the Clark School of Engineering and is judged by an independent panel of experts; recognition is focused for key inventions in the fields of Information, Life and Physical Sciences.  For the 2012 competition, there were over 150 submissions.

The invention sponsored by Omid Rahmanian is a means to allow rapid and inexpensive proto-typing of micro fluidic devices.  For more information on this research ("Method for Fabricating Plastic Microfluidic Devices by Selective Solvent Swelling").
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Omid Rahmanian honored at the UMD Invention of the Year Award
MML researchers develop microscale technologies for applications


Colin Gore Wins Highest Honor from Electrochemical Society

The Student Chapter of The Electrochemical Society (ECS) at the University of Maryland, co-founded by 2nd Year ARCS Scholar/Lockheed Martin Scholar, Colin Gore, recently won the highest honor that ECS gives to a student group.  This award for "Outstanding Student Chapter" was a significant recognition for the multiple activities and corporate/scientific interfaces achieved by this organization.  This was particularly notable since this was the first year of activities for the Chapter on the UMD campus.  Colin Gore currently is President of the Chapter. 

For further details:
Electrochemical Society Student Chapter Wins Chapter Award