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University of Minnesota Department of Neuroscience Approved for Funding from ARCS® Foundation

Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

LaGrange, GA—April 14, 2020. ARCS® Foundation is pleased to announce it has approved adding the Department of Neuroscience within the University of Minnesota Medical School to its approved departments for funding. U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Minnesota’s Neuroscience program tenth among those of other US public universities in 2020.

During ARCS January 2020 National Board Meeting in Tempe, Arizona, the National University Relations Committee approved adding this nationally recognized graduate department for performing world-class brain research to the departments already approved by ARCS. This department marks the 613th approved program of study for ARCS Scholar Award funding across 49 top-ranking US universities for science, technology, engineering, and medical research.

Students and faculty in the Neuroscience graduate program have a wide range of research interests and expertise addressing addiction, neurodegenerative disorders, pain, and neuromodulation to restore lost function. “The impact of these studies includes unraveling how brain cells and circuits work to make decisions, both good and bad,” says Dr. Timothy Ebner, Neuroscience Department Head and Professor.

Some of the more advanced studies identify new therapeutic avenues for neurogenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Researchers also work to restore lost function caused by motor disorders and expand such therapies to other brain conditions.

“ARCS offers a unique opportunity to support and honor our students who are making exciting discoveries in neuroscience,” says Dr. Ebner. “We are both honored and excited about our new relationship with ARCS Foundation.”

To read the full list of ARCS university partners, follow this link.


About ARCS® Foundation: ARCS Foundation is a national nonprofit volunteer women’s organization that promotes US competitiveness by providing financial awards to academically outstanding US citizens studying to complete degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and health disciplines at 49 of the nation’s leading research universities. The organization has awarded more than $115 million to more than 10,500 scholars since 1958. ARCS Foundation Scholars have produced thousands of research publications and patents, secured billions in grant funding, started science-related companies, and played a significant role in teaching and mentoring young people in the STEM pipeline. More information is available at