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Matthew Treaster Named 2022 ARCS Scholar


Matthew Treaster was one of five UGA Ph.D. students have been recently named 2022 ARCS Scholars. He will receive $7,500 a year. Treaster, a third-year Ph.D. candidate in genetics, is analyzing the evolution of sex chromosomes and genetic sex determination using three-spine stickleback fish. He shared that, while the ARCS application process proved somewhat challenging, it helped him to become a better communicator and explain his work to people beyond the field.

“It feels awesome to receive the award,” Treaster said, “It’s really encouraging to be recognized for my accomplishments, and to know that there are people out there who think the research I’m doing is compelling, impressive and worthy of support.”

The ARCS Foundation is a nationally recognized nonprofit started and run entirely by women. To address the country’s need for new scientists and engineers, the foundation provides unrestricted funding to help the country’s brightest Ph.D. students create new knowledge and innovative technologies. ARCS Scholars are selected annually by qualifying departments of science, engineering and medical research within ARCS’ 51 academic partner universities and colleges.


PhD Candidate, B.S. (2016) Presbyterian College

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