Advancing Science in America Foundation

Since 1958 when Advancing Science in America Foundation created the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) in Los Angeles, the organization has been an invaluable partner in one of the key components of the BRI’s mission: to provide the resources and support necessary to maximize the academic abilities and research accomplishments of neuroscience graduate students.

BRI Director Chris Evans says, “In the past, the students ARCS has supported have developed into outstanding researchers that continue to contribute to our understanding of and possible cures for brain disorders and injury. Because ARCS resources are allotted to individuals rather than tied to specific research projects, young scholars have been given the freedom to truly explore where their interests lie by training with UCLA faculty at the frontier of neuroscience research.”

Former ARCS scholar Kate Wassum, PhD, is now a BRI member and UCLA assistant professor in the department of psychology, where she is studying the neurochemistry of decision-making. At the time Wassum received the  ARCS award, she was uncertain of what the focus of her research would be. Eventually, Wassum focused on the mechanisms governing reward and motivation in the brain.

Jeffrey Bronstein, MD, PhD, is another former ARCS scholar. Now UCLA professor of molecular toxicology, neurology, Director of the UCLA Movement Clinic, and a BRI member, Bronstein’s work has been groundbreaking in the clinical and basic science of Parkinson’s disease. “I can think of no other organization that has contributed so unselfishly to foster and influence science and technology across the United States,” he says.