2020 Summer STEM Academy at UCA June 15-19, 2020.

COVID-19 update: Due to the evolving situation with the spread of the novel coronavirus and recommendations encouraging social distancing, the Summer STEM Academy at UCA is exploring potential contingency plans. This website will be updated with any new information or changes based on consultation with the Arkansas Department of Education and UCA, and all applicants will be contacted directly should any changes be made. 

The 2020 Summer STEM Academy @ UCA is a one-week research immersion experience for students entering grades 9 – 11.  In three complementary courses (1) microbiology;  (2) experimental design and empirical modeling; and (3) data analysis and visualization; students will design, implement and analyze data from their own experiments focused on the identification of novel antibacterial substances.  Participants will have an opportunity to present their research at the end of the week.  The program is funded by AEGIS grant from the Arkansas Department of Education and is organized by the Department of Mathematics and the STEM Institute at UCA.

The program is free to participants and lunch will be provided.  Apply below!


Microbiology:  Students will work in small groups to design their own experiments focused on the identification of novel antibacterial substances, with guidance from Dr. Krista Peppers, Biology faculty.

Experimental Design and Empirical Modeling:  Be introduced to statistical modeling and utilize those tools to develop and analyze your own experiments with Dr. Todd Abel, Mathematics faculty.

Data Analysis & Visualization:  Develop computer programming skills and tools to analyze and visualize data with Dr. Mark Doderer, Computer Science faculty.

Daily Schedule

8:45 – 9:15      Morning Meeting
9:15 – 10:45    Microbiology
11:00 – 12:30  Experimental Design and Empirical Modeling
12:30 – 1:15    Lunch provided by Academy
1:30 – 3:00      Data Analysis & Visualization
Presentations Friday, June 19  3:00 – 4:00.

For more information contact:
Dr. Ramesh Garimella,Chair
Department of Mathematics
Phone: 501-450-3147
Email: rameshg@uca.edu

2020 Summer STEM Academy Poster
Application for 2020 STEM Academy