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June 9, 2020

Project SEARCH Interns Redirect Efforts During Pandemic

Amy Widner

Group photo of Project SEARCH interns

Every time there’s been a fly-over to show appreciation for the health care workers at UAMS, the interns of Project SEARCH have stepped outside and turned their eyes skyward in solidarity with their former coworkers. “We’re proud of them, for what all they’ve done, because we know it’s hard,” said Heather Keister, whose last internship…


May 22, 2020

Grad School Celebrates Graduates Joining Careers of Lifelong Learning

Amy Widner

Screen shot of Dr. McGehee at virtual hooding

College deans and faculty always go the extra mile to help their students, and this year for UAMS Graduate School Dean Robert E. McGehee Jr., Ph.D., that was literal. Usually “the extra mile” involves writing a last-minute recommendation or providing a glowing reference. This year, McGehee put in the miles by driving around Central Arkansas,…


May 12, 2020

Arkansas INBRE Receives 5-Year Funding of $18.4 Million to Promote Biomedical Research Across Arkansas

Amy Widner

Group portrait of INBRE students

Arkansas INBRE, which promotes biomedical research with programs for undergraduate students and faculty statewide, has seen its federal funding renewed for $18.4 million over the next five years. While the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the lead institution, INBRE grants and programs have impacted nearly all colleges and universities in the state…


April 16, 2020

New Repository Helps Faculty Stay on Tenure Track During COVID-19

Amy Widner

Carol Thrush, Ed.D. with research poster

Before Arkansas had its first COVID-19 case, the reality of the impending pandemic was already setting in for UAMS faculty as cancellations for scientific conferences worldwide were announced one after another like falling dominos. For scientists and academics, presenting to their peers at conferences is one of the main ways other than publications that they…


March 10, 2020

UAMS Students Introduce High School Visitors to Health Care Careers

Spencer Watson

Visiting high school and UAMS medical students gather for a photo during the HPREP event.

More than 80 UAMS student volunteers, mostly from the College of Medicine, welcomed dozens of high school students from across Arkansas to the UAMS main campus Feb. 22 to introduce them to careers in health care. The event, called Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) was presented by the UAMS chapter of the Student…


January 30, 2020

Students Receive Exams, Glasses from UAMS Volunteers on MLK Day

Spencer Watson

UAMS Medical Student John Musser checks the vision of a student who visited JEI on MLK Day.

More than 120 students from Little Rock and the surrounding area got a late Christmas present from volunteers at UAMS on Martin Luther King Jr. Day: the gift of clearer vision. The Third Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Pediatric Vision Outreach event was organized by nonprofit Rural Ophthalmology Optometry Treatment & Screening (ROOTS) and Shepherd’s…


November 25, 2019

Senior Rosa Ruvalcaba Serna named Arkansas Nursing Student of the Year

Spencer Watson

Rosa Ruvalcaba Serna

UAMS College of Nursing senior Rosa Ruvalcaba Serna has been named the Arkansas Nursing Students’ Association (ANSA) Student of the Year. The award was presented last month at the ANSA state convention. “When Erin Salter, one of my classmates, told me I’d been selected, I started getting teary-eyed, because I was not expecting it,” said…


September 25, 2019

Research Induction Ceremony Launches Graduate Students’ Path to Ph.D.

Linda Haymes

Twenty-five UAMS Graduate School students from seven programs received white lab coats Sept. 16, signaling their readiness to begin doctoral research.

Twenty-five UAMS Graduate School students from seven programs received white lab coats Sept. 16, signaling their readiness to begin doctoral research. The donning of new research coats embroidered with their name to celebrate their pursuit of doctoral degrees may seem like a transformative moment happening in an instant. In reality, a lot of work took…


September 11, 2019

Two UAMS Medical Students Awarded Scholarships for Rural Arkansas Primary Care

Benjamin Waldrum

Brasher, of North Little Rock, and Cullum, of Bono, are this year's recipients of the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Primary Care Scholarship.

Two UAMS medical students have each been awarded a $20,000 Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Primary Care Scholarship, which encourages aspiring physicians to pursue primary care practices in rural Arkansas. This year’s recipients are Drake Cullum of Bono, a senior, and Olivia Brasher of North Little Rock, a junior. The scholarship has been presented…


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…



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