High Schoolers Conduct Research with UALR Mentors

High school students from 11 schools across Arkansas presented research projects in high-level math and science disciplines, the results of their participation in UALR’s High School Research Program.

The program pairs high schoolers with a UALR scientist for one-on-one mentoring in a focused research environment. The mentoring guides the academic high achieving students in selecting the high school courses needed to pursue future careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

In addition, the program provides informal peer mentoring by engaging students in faculty research projects. That allows high schoolers to establish early contact with college students and professors in specific areas of their interest, said Vernard Henley, director of education outreach and diversity in UALR’s Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology.

The three-week residential experience comes at no cost to the participants.

Students and their high schools are:

  • Shelton Hale of Parkview High School.
  • William Anthony of Huntville High School and the Arkansas Science, Math, and the Arts High School.
  • Stephen Sivils, Arkadelphia High School.
  • Priyanka Murali of Little Rock Central.
  • Karan Batra of Bentonville High School.
  • Jesse Thomason of Ouachita High School and ASMSA.
  • Megan Trett of Viola High School and ASMSA.
  • Andrew Seel from Parkview and ASMSA.
  • Helio Liu, Little Rock Central.
  • Jake Berry of Searcy High School and ASMSA.
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