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ARCS Foundation scholarship supports outstanding UCSC computer science graduate student

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Nathan Whitehead, a Ph.D. student in computer science at UC Santa Cruz, has received a scholarship from the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation for the 2005-06 academic year. Nathan is studying computer security, focusing on security policies and mechanisms such as virtual machines and type checking.

This year's ARCS scholars will be recognized at the annual ARCS Foundation Luncheon in San Francisco on Wednesday, October 19. The featured speaker will be Zach W. Hall, president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Overall nine UC Santa Cruz graduate students have received scholarships worth a total of $100,000 from the ARCS Foundation. The Northern California chapter of the ARCS Foundation is the most generous provider of annual private awards to the UCSC campus and has provided more than $1 million in scholarships to 197 scholars at UCSC.

The ARCS Foundation, founded in 1958, is a national organization that provides scholarships and fellowships for the country's most promising science, medical, and engineering students. This year's ARCS scholars at UCSC represent the Science Communication Program and the Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics; Computer Science; Earth Sciences; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Environmental Toxicology; Mathematics; and Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology.