"Each Scholar is actively pursuing research that ranges widely in scope and subject, but each promises to improve our lives," Kohl
One student is studying survival pathways after a heart attack to minimize tissue damage.
At another university, an engineering student is researching viable nuclear fusion power to provide inexpensive, safe and abundant nuclear energy without a net buildup of radioactive waste.
Still another Scholar is focusing on T cells, a major component of the human immune system, exploring factors that can be manipulated for an immune response in the treatment of diseases like cancer and autoimmune disorders like type 1 diabetes.Other areas of research among the Scholars range from studying novel factors in cells that prevent the infection of the HIV virus, to research in semiconductor nanoparticles which could lead to the discovery of new families of molecules to provide insight into the bonding and chemical nature of bulk semiconductors.
A vast variety of critical research is being conducted by this year's honored scholars including, but not limited to, studies in chemical biology, physics, nursing, biological oceanography, cell and molecular biology, computational science, aerospace engineering, materials science and engineering.
"We consider these talented Scholars to be among San Diego's best and brightest, and we are extremely proud to honor their significant accomplishments and their outstanding promise for the future," said ARCS San Diego Chapter President, Candace Kohl, Ph.D. "Each year we are astonished at the creativity and commitment that these Scholars demonstrate in their research laboratories and classrooms."