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.

Dr. Emre Celebi gave an invited talk at the Math Awareness Week

Dr. Emre Celebi, Professor and Chair of Computer Science and Engineering, gave a virtual invited talk entitled “Computer-Aided Diagnosis of Melanoma Using Artificial Intelligence” at the Math Awareness Week (April 4-7), organized by the Department of Mathematics at the Palm Beach State College, FL. The theme of the event was Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence.

Today is #UCADayofGiving!

Dr. Addison pledged to match the first $500 donated to the AURS Fund *and* the first $500 donated to the STEM Student Fund. Double your impact and help our students grow!

Dr. Addison has pledged to match the first $1000 donated for UCA Day of Giving. First $500 each for AURS Fund and STEM Student Fund.
Donate now at or or scan the QR code to be taken directly to the CNSM featured funds page!

When you give, we grow!

Hypatia told us: “The CNSM has provided essential education and exciting opportunities for me to explore physics and flourish as a student. The CNSM allowed me to join in undergraduate research in computational physics, biophysics, atmospheric chemistry, and planetary science. Also, the Society of Physics Student and the Robotics Club have supplemented my education and provided stable connections to my academic community.” Hypatia credits the experiences and support from CNSM for giving them the skills need to intern with NASA Goddard last summer!

When you give, we grow!  Day of Giving is March 10th and your donations will help students continue to thrive at UCA! Follow the link to donate now: #UCADayOfGiving


 Photo for UCA Day of Giving March 10,2022.

Hypatia Meraviglia: Physics and Linguistics

UCA Day of Giving March 10,2022!

When you give, we grow! Want to know how your donation to the STEM Student Fund or AURS on Day of Giving help our students grow and learn?

UCA Day of Giving March 10,2022Paul is an AURS recipient in his senior year with a double major in geography and music. When asked about the impact of his AURS award, he said: “Without the AURS fund, I would have never had the opportunity to perform undergraduate research on such a high caliber, especially during such an unprecedented time.” Participation in undergraduate research is a key component to student growth in CNSM! #cnsm

Science Wednesday: The Science of Vaccines

Science Wednesday: The Science of Vaccines February 23rd, 6:00pm-8:00pm via Zoom.

Faculty Member Publishes New Textbook

Dr. Azida Walker, Physics and Astronomy, has published a new textbook, Physics for Medical Professionals, through Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

“Physics for Medical Professionals is an algebra-based Physics text that can be used to help prepare students for careers in medical diagnostics. Each chapter teaches fundamental physics principles with the use of examples that are more relatable considering the student’s interest to be part of the healthcare industry. The unit chapters start with an introduction that captures the student’s attention and sets the stage for the importance of these concepts to the larger picture. The worked problems in the book show a step-by-step guide to problem solving. Students with absolutely no background in Physics will be able to follow along this process. The goal is the help the students think independently and critically as they apply their knowledge to other word problems. These skills are critical skills to develop to developing a logical approach to problem solving.”

Physics for Medical Professionals


Dr. Alsharif receives federal grant for Cybersecurity research

Dr. Ahmad Alsharif, Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, has been awarded an NSF grant for his project entitled “CRII: SaTC: RUI: Towards Trustworthy and Accountable IoT Data Marketplaces.”The award amount is $169,635, and the performance period is 7/01/2022-06/30/2024.

Dr. Alsharif joined UCA in 2018. He teaches Cybersecurity classes such as Introduction to Cybersecurity (CSEC 2300), Introduction to Number Theory & Cryptography (CSEC 3300), Computer Forensics (CSEC 3320), and Cybersecurity Capstone (CSEC 4490).

Allies in STEM Meetings begin tomorrow February 1, 2022

2022 JMNR Photo Contest is open. Submissions accepted through November 1,2022.

Science Wednesday: The Science of Leadership January 26,2022

Science Wednesday: The Science of Leadership – Jan. 26,2022

From love to sports to science fiction, Science Wednesday is where science meets society. Experts come from the Conway community and events are moderated by a University of Central Arkansas student.

Join us on Zoom for our first Science Wednesday of the semester! On Wednesday, January 26th at 6:30 PM, we’re bringing panelists together from across campus to discuss the Science of Leadership in all forms. The event is informal, and public discussion and questions are highly encouraged.