Graduate School


September 12, 2019

Graduate Student Explores Potential of Handheld DNA/RNA Sequencers in Outbreaks

Amy Widner

Alkam at lab bench with sequencer

Imagine there’s an outbreak of an infectious disease. Could health officials on the ground harness the power of new handheld DNA and RNA sequencers to monitor outbreaks in real-time and quickly contain them? This question lies at the heart of research published in the journal Infection, Genetics and Evolution by UAMS graduate student Duah Alkam….


August 6, 2019

Undergraduates Learn By Doing at Summer Research Symposium

Amy Widner

Two male students presenting research at poster

Learning by doing and reinforcing concepts through presentation — those practices were the core lessons on display at the eighth annual Central Arkansas Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at UAMS. About 115 undergraduate students from across Arkansas and the nation gathered in the I. Dodd Wilson Education Building to give poster presentations and oral presentations on…


July 26, 2019

Summer Undergraduate Researchers Get First Taste of Real Science

Amy Widner

Group shot of students

Twelve undergraduate students from across the United States worked in real labs, doing real research this summer at UAMS — many of them for the first time. The Summer Undergraduate Research Program to Increase Diversity in Research is hosted annually by the UAMS Graduate School and Center for Diversity Affairs and is funded by the…


May 29, 2019

Graduate School Brunch Celebrates Student Support Networks

Amy Widner

Dr. McGehee at the podium, with part of crowd visible

The Graduate School Commencement Brunch is an annual event that celebrates family — both in the traditional and non-traditional sense. Each year, students finishing their Ph.D., M.S. and certificate programs through the UAMS Graduate School meet for a casual brunch. The food is plentiful, but the formal agenda is sparse — in contrast to the…


May 20, 2019

UAMS Graduates 864 Health Care Professionals

Spencer Watson

Sharanda Williams (center), director of Academic Affairs in the UAMS College of Medicine, stands as marshal with students ready to receive their diplomas.

Degrees and certificates were awarded to 864 graduates of the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) five colleges and graduate school May 18 during a commencement ceremony at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. Degrees were presented to 165 in the College of Medicine, 229 in the College of Nursing, 111 in the College of…


March 14, 2019

Nobel Laureate Says Teamwork, Relationships, Social Involvement Vital for Scientists

Amy Widner

Scientist at podium addressing large crowd

Science is about relationships, Nobel laureate Harold Varmus, M.D., told the standing-room-only crowd at Student Research Day. The work is collegial, the results are meant to be shared, and its discoveries are inseparably linked to a wider social and political context.


March 6, 2019

UAMS Graduate Student Receives Prestigious NCI Fellowship

Susan Van Dusen

UAMS Graduate School student has received a fellowship from the National Cancer Institute to support his melanoma research.

A prestigious fellowship from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will allow UAMS Graduate School student Brian Koss to advance his melanoma research.


February 19, 2019

Nobel Laureate, Cancer Expert to Give Distinguished Lecture

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Varmus

The public is invited to hear Nobel laureate Harold Varmus, M.D., an expert in cancer biology and former director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI), at 8:30 a.m. March 12 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The free lecture, “Cancer Research: Then and Now,” will be…


November 1, 2018

Graduate School Career Day Celebrates Multitude of Career Paths

Amy Widner

Dr. Berg giving presentation

The UAMS Graduate School Career Day for Biomedical Sciences is an annual way to celebrate the variety and excitement of a career path made available by a doctoral degree in biomedical sciences. About 160 undergraduate and graduate students and faculty from UAMS, Arkansas and surrounding states attended the Oct. 18 event, which featured six speakers,…


October 1, 2018

Research Induction Ceremony Marks Formal Beginning to Ph.D. Path

Amy Widner

Student helped into white coat

One minute they were all students — the next, they were scientists.

It’s a little bit of magic that happens annually at the UAMS Graduate School’s Research Induction Ceremony, when Ph.D. candidates from a variety of disciplines put on the white lab coats that symbolize their dedication to science.