The ARCS Light Award is a distinctive honor awarded to a member who has given the highest quality of long-term service to ARCS Foundation. One ARCS Light may be chosen by her Chapter each year, though there is no requirement that the award be given every year. The ARCS Light is honored at the Chapter's annual meeting and at the ARCS Foundation National Annual Meeting.
A candidate for the ARCS Light Award must have been an active member for at least three years, have served on a variety of committees as well as on the Chapter Board, have given continuous service that has had a positive impact on the ARCS Foundation, have demonstrated a willingness to serve, have respect for ARCS Foundation leadership and membership, and be an exemplary representative of ARCS Foundation to her fellow members and to the community.
The Illinois Chapter of the ARCS Foundation is proud to honor all of the ARCS Light Honorees who have represented us over the years. As an example of the excellence of character and contribution to the ARCS Foundation, we are listing the following women, each of whom was an ARCS Light; and each of whom is a current member or supporter of ARCS Foundation Illinois.
Patricia Sheridan Caruso
Joanne Benazzi Friedland
Ruth Anne Unik
2022-2023 Illinois Chapter ARCS Light Award Recipient
Kate Timmerman is the executive director of the Chicago Quantum Exchange, a catalyst for advancing academic and industrial efforts in the science and engineering of quantum information. The Exchange is a collaboration between the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northwestern University and more than 30 industry partners. With the Exchange, Kate fosters emerging research partnerships, builds education and workforce development initiatives, and is growing the Chicagoland quantum economy. She is currently a board member of P33, a private sector initiative to turbocharge Chicago’s tech economy; ARCS Illinois, which supports Illinois graduate scholars by providing financial awards in STEM; and chairs the advisory board of QuSTEAM, an NSF initiative to build a national undergraduate curriculum for quantum information science and engineering. Kate earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, Davis and her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College.