Becoming a Member

Members of ARCS® Foundation Utah are women philanthropists committed to advancing science in America. Women who join our Chapter do so to contribute to the support of outstanding engineering students at the University of Utah (U of U).    ARCS Foundation Utah is one of 17 ARCS Foundation Chapters nationwide. The Utah Chapter, one of the newest, currently has 30 members dedicated to making a difference in students’ lives and in the future of America.

Activities throughout the year provide members with opportunities to learn more about scientific research and advances, including presentations by our scholars.  We enjoy the company of other forward-thinking and interesting women who commit their time, money and talents.

Member Benefits 

  • Be a catalyst to the scientific, technological, medical and economic development of the state of Utah
  • Make a difference in the lives of outstanding American students
  • Attend lectures and social events that include behind-the-scenes visits to sites of cutting-edge scientific and technological research
  • Participate in scientific field trips to venues not generally open to the public
  • Meet and mingle with ARCS Foundation Scholars, scientists and university faculty
  • Develop friendships with other women leaders in Utah

Field trips and programs are popular with members and their guests. Examples of scientific programs are touring the University of Utah's Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute (SCI), the U of U Moran Eye Center, and the U of U CARMA Center. Members received an in-depth tour of the L-3 Communications West facility in Salt Lake City and enjoyed a reception, program and tour of the Warnock collection of Native American Art & Artifacts at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Our tour guides were John E. and Marva Warnock. John received his PhD in electrical engineering (computer science) at the U of U and co-founded Adobe Systems. We also attend the annual Gould Distinguished Lecture on Technology and the Quality of Life held annually at the U of U.

The Chapter also hosts informal nonscientific events like our visit to the “Don't Fence Me In” contemporary quilt show at the Park City Kimball Arts Center.

Each year the Utah Chapter plans to present scholar awards at the Scholar Awards Luncheon. Our first Scholar Awards Luncheon was held October 5, 2010. The keynote speaker was Dr. Paul LaStayo, associate professor in the U of U Department of Physical Therapy and director of the Skeletal Muscle Exercise Research Facility (SMERF). Dr. LaStayo was an ARCS Scholar in Arizona and attributes ARCS Foundation support as the critical component in helping him initiate his work involving the enhancement of muscle function in elderly populations. The Utah Chapter gave three scholar awards to Shannon Hanson, civil & environmental engineering; Nicholas Nolta, bioengineering; and Joshua Sewell, chemical engineering.

 The Membership Process 

Membership in ARCS Foundation Utah is open to all women who commit to our mission. Membership requires an annual $100 dues payment and an annual $500 donation to fund scholar awards. Members are encouraged to attend events and work on committees.  To join the ARCS Utah, click on the "Join ARCS" button at the top of the page or send your check to the address below with your name and contact information.

 Paying Dues 

In order to notify our university partners of the number of awards to be made we request that the membership fee be paid by January 31 of each year, however payments are accepted up until June 15.   Current members may renew their membership by clicking on the "Join ARCS" button at the top of this page, sending a check to the ARCS Utah secretary or by using the buttons below to make a payment in full or set up regular payments using your credit card. Note that credit card payments include the credit card processing charges.

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