Graduate School


February 8, 2024

Doctoral Student Development Program At UAMS Granted $1.8 Million

Nathan Tidwell

Antiño Allen and Billy Thomas

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been awarded more than $1.8 million to continue its Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program through 2028. Created in 2009 through a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, IMSD’s goal is to increase the number of doctoral graduates from…


December 14, 2023

Graduate School Awards Reception Showcases Faculty, Student Achievements

Nathan Tidwell

Graduate School dean Sean Taverna

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Graduate School recognized faculty and student successes at its Winter Awards Reception on Dec. 7 — and ushered in a new era. Sean Taverna, Ph.D., presided over his first official event as Graduate School dean since succeeding Robert E. McGehee, Jr., Ph.D., on Nov. 1. McGehee had…


November 13, 2023

Sean Taverna, Ph.D., Joins UAMS as Graduate School Dean

Nathan Tidwell

Sean Taverna, Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Sean Taverna, Ph.D., is the new dean of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Graduate School. He succeeds Robert E. McGehee, Jr., Ph.D., who retired after serving as dean since 2004. A cancer researcher and molecular scientist with a successful track record as a graduate student mentor, leader and recruiter,…


October 5, 2023

Presentation of White Lab Coats Signifies the Next Step for Doctoral Candidates

Nathan Tidwell

Kevin Chappell

The progression from student to researcher was the theme of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Graduate School’s annual research induction ceremony. Faculty, family, mentors, program directors and students gathered Sept. 11 at the I. Dodd Wilson Education Building. Students were presented with white lab coats, an acknowledgement of passing the Ph.D. qualifying…


September 22, 2023

UAMS’ Initiative to Maximize Student Development Expands Access to Biomedical Sciences

Nathan Tidwell

IMSD Students

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program plays a key role in preparing students enrolled in the Graduate School’s biomedical science doctoral programs for success. Created in 2009 through a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), IMSD’s goal is to increase the number…


August 29, 2023

UAMS Hosts Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Nathan Tidwell

SURP Group Photo

Ten students from nine different colleges and universities gained research experience and mentoring during the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). SURP is a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)-funded effort in the UAMS Graduate School. The program, which ran from May 22-July 21, is aimed…


August 23, 2023

Enthusiastic Scholars Talk Science at Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium

Nathan Tidwell

Rishiraj Pandya

Students from 41 colleges and universities across the nation recently attended the 10th Annual Arkansas Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The symposium celebrated achievements by undergraduates pursuing research in a wide range of biomedical-related topics. The UAMS Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology organized and sponsored the…


June 5, 2023

UAMS’ Antiño Allen, Ph.D., Receives Radiation Research Society Award

David Robinson

Antiño R. Allen, Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher Antiño R. Allen, Ph.D., is the 2023 recipient of the Michael Fry Award from the Radiation Research Society.


May 25, 2023

UAMS Graduate School Celebrates at Brunch

Nathan Tidwell

Dr. Robert McGehee

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Graduate School held a Commencement Day brunch May 20 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Little Rock. The brunch, attended by faculty, family, staff, and students, preceded UAMS’ commencement later in the day and celebrated the Class of 2023. Graduate School Dean Robert E. McGehee, Jr., Ph.D.,…


May 12, 2023

UAMS Graduate School Spring Reception Highlights Faculty, Staff, Students

Nathan Tidwell

Photo of Dr. McGehee

The Graduate School at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) held its Spring Awards Reception on April 20 and celebrated faculty, staff and students for their achievements. It was the final awards reception for Robert E. McGehee, Jr., Ph.D., dean of the UAMS Graduate School, who is retiring May 20, the day of…



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