Research in STEM Education Seminar

Biology Seminar 11/3

The next speaker in the Biology Seminar Series is graduate student Nick Dial this Friday, 11/3, at noon in Lewis Science Center Room 172.  He will present the “Ethnobotany of the American Southwest”.

Public Planetarium Shows 11/3 & 11/4

“Secret Lives of Stars” is showing at the Griffin Planetarium this Friday and Saturday night at 8 pm.Doors open at 7:30 pm and admission is free.  Seating limited to the first 94 people.

For a complete listing of show titles, please go to UCA’s Planetarium website.

JMNR Photography Entries Due November 1!

Digital photographs of nature or of humans interacting with nature must be taken in the Jewel Moore Nature Reserve, in the restored creek adjacent to the HPER, in the natural areas behind Lewis Science Center (including Culwell Natural Area and rain garden), or at the Steel Creek field station along the Buffalo River. Photographs of organisms taken from these areas and photographed in the lab may also be submitted (e.g. protists, algae, insects).

Contest is open to all UCA students, faculty, staff and alumni.  Deadline for submission November 1, 2017.

Please read link for submission details:  JMNR Photocontest 4 2 2017

Pre Med Panel Thursday, 11/2

Chemistry Seminar 10/26

Science Outreach at Homecoming 10/28

Saturday, October 28:  
  • 2:00-6:00 p.m. – Join the CNSM student organizations for a tailgate on Bruce Street near Crafton Alumni Pavilion. Jambalaya will be served along with family-friendly STEM activities
  • Tailgating activities include: Jewel Moore Nature Reserve Tours (2:003:004:00, and 5:00); Computer Science Research Demonstrations (2:00-6:00); Chemistry and Physics Demo Shows (2:303:304:30, and 5:30); Griffin Planetarium Shows every 15 minutes (3:00-5:00)
  • All donations made go to support undergraduate student STEM research at UCA

Micah Abrams

The University of Central Arkansas has prided itself on student research over the last decade.

With the increase in student research comes a need for an increase in funds to make that research possible. Thanks to the help of generous alumni like Dr. Micah Abrams, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics now has an endowed scholarship fund ready to offer students these opportunities.

“We have students who do undergraduate research in chemistry, and the knowledge they gain and the relationships they develop with faculty helps lay the building blocks for their future career,” Pat Desrochers, Chair of Chemistry Department said.

Abrams, a 2001 chemistry graduate, went on to receive his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology and completed his postdoctoral research at Virginia Tech. He joined the UCA chemistry faculty as a theoretical chemist beginning in the fall of 2006 and served at UCA for two years. He left UCA for a position in the private sector in the Washington, DC area in 2008.

Abrams still lives in the D.C. metro area where he is currently the CEO and CTO of Raptics, Inc. He and his business partners focus on creating and deploying analytic solutions for customers in the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Intelligence Community (IC). Though he stays very busy, he donates his time and resources to UCA’s Advancement of Undergraduate Research in the Sciences (AURS) fund. Abrams pledged $75,000 in 2016 to both grow the fund and make the fund more attractive to alumni and commercial donations.

“Will Slaton and I recognize the importance of student research to burgeoning young scientists.,” Micah Abrams said. “We want more students at UCA to have the opportunity to focus on student research and be rewarded for their achievements.”

AURS supports students in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. In 2017, the fund awarded $100 to the top student thesis from each department and two $5000 summer research stipends. Starting in 2011, the AURS fund has funded eight summer research stipends and twenty best departmental thesis awards. Some of the past recipients’ research has ranged from “Comparing Efficiency of Roundabouts to Traffic Lights in Conway, Arkansas: A Probabilistic and Simulation Approach” to “E-cadherin expression in prostate cancer cells is modulated by adhesion status.”

“The fund gives students an opportunity to work with UCA faculty in the summer, focus on a research project, and potentially publish the findings in a scientific journal,” said Abrams. “I hope the fund will have a positive and lasting impact on the students who choose to pursue science, technology, engineering, or mathematics at UCA.”

For more information on AURS:

To donate to AURS:

Fish Fry Tailgate, Saturday, 10/14!

Come out this Saturday from 1:00-6:00PM to enjoy a fish fry put on by the UCA chapter of the American Fisheries Society at the CNSM tailgate spot located on Bruce street near the Crafton AlumniPavilion! Cost is $6 per plate that goes to support chapter activities.

CNSM tailgates are a family and kid friendly event. Come on out to help build community!
More details about past and upcoming CNSM tailgates can be found here: