News and Events

Check back often to discover exciting and new things happening in the College of Natural Science and Mathematics at the University of Central Arkansas.

Observatory Public Viewing Wednesday 3/14

The UCA Observatory will be open from 7 pm to 9 pm on Wednesday 3/14/18 for the public to view the night sky through the 14-inch aperture telescope.  Stairs to the observatory are located in the front lobby of Lewis Science Center.

 Please click on Observatory website for details.

Griffin Planetarium Shows

The Griffin Planetarium Public Show for 3/9, 3/10, 3/16, & 3/17 is “From Earth to the Universe”.  The one-hour shows include a tour of the March evening sky, flights around the universe, and the full-dome movie.  “From the Earth to the Universe” encompasses a journey through the solar system, galaxy and the universe.

The planetarium is located in the Conway Corporation for the Sciences.
Doors open at 7:30pm. Show starts promptly at 8 pm.  Admission is free.
For the entire Spring line-up, please visit the Planetarium website.

Chalk Talk Tuesday 3/13

Women in STEM Celebration 3/9/18

The Women and Minorities in STEM class is hosting a Celebration of Women in STEM on Friday, March 9 with speakers in Griffin Planetarium.  A lunch will be served at 11:30 am in Lewis Science Center 100, followed by a panel discussion with diverse STEM professional women.  Also, UCA’s STEM Institute will be hosting an event for central Arkansas high school girls in the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center.  For more details, please see UCA News.  Registration is required for the lunch at

UCA Day of Giving, 3/8/18

“I will be better prepared for a future because of my research.” – Kristen Jones.

UCA’s Day of Giving is Thursday, March 8, 2018.  The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has two different funds from which donors can choose — the CNSM Advancement Undergraduate Research Fund or the CNSM Enhancement Fund.

For more details, please read the full story on UCA News.

Posters at the Capitol Wednesday 2/14!

The University of Central Arkansas will be among a dozen state colleges and universities exhibiting students’ STEM research at the state Capitol Wednesday, Feb. 14.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Arkansas STEM Posters at the Capitol will feature more than 120 undergraduates in Arkansas displaying  posters that highlight their work in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Students will discuss their research — leaving jargon at the door — with the public, elected officials and other students and faculty, allowing attendees to learn more about the STEM field and the students an opportunity to strengthen their communication skills.

Now in its sixth year, the posters at the Capitol event will showcase around 70 different posters. UCA students with majors such as biology, chemistry, computer science, math and physics will be among the presenters.

For more details, please go to UCA’s News website.

STEM Education Seminar

The Mathematics Department is hosting a STEM Education Seminar on Wednesday, 2/7/2018, at 2 pm in the Math and Computer Science Technology building, Room 115.  Please read flyer for details.

First Science Wednesday of 2018!

This month’s Science Wednesday will be “The Science of Space Travel.” Join our distinguished panel as we talk everything from survival to rockets and sort the fact from the fiction surrounding space travel. Event will begin at 6:30pm and end at 7:30pm, allowing time for some informal socialization with the panelists before trivia starts at 8pm.

Panelists this month include:
Dr. Scott Austin – UCA, Physics; Director of Astronomical Facilities
Mr. Ralph Carruth – NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Mr. Terry Wright – UCA, Fine Arts & Communication

Please plan to arrive early as seating is limited.