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Asad Akhter

  • MAJOR:

    Biology and chemistry

  • LIKES:

    Presenting science research at national conferences

  • AT UALR:

    SGA Senator of the Year 2012 and a University Science Scholar


Asad Akhter

Asad Akhter, whose research on carbon nanotube arrays has garnered attention at national and state conferences, is double majoring in biology and chemistry.

His research “Novel Fabrication of Carbon Nanotube Arrays” at UALR received funding from a National Science Foundation grant.

Akhter shone at the highly competitive Arkansas IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) conference in Fayetteville last October, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health to strengthen biomedical research and promote coordination of resources between selected states.

Under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Berry of UALR’s chemistry department, Akhter also presented at the Materials Research Society National Conference in Boston in December 2013.

“I took Dr. Berry for organic chemistry, and the moment I was in his class I saw how enthusiastic he was about chemistry and just about teaching in general,” said Akhter.

“He (Dr. Berry) genuinely seems happy with what he does, and that is something I think any student should try to emulate in whatever career path they may choose.”

The fourth-year Donaghey scholar was elected vice president of the UALR Chapter of the American Chemical Society and is a member of the University Science Scholars program at UALR.

In 2012, he earned recognition as the Student Government Association Senator of the Year. He also earned Most Outstanding Organic Chemistry Student by the UALR Chapter of the American Chemistry Society for the 2011-12 academic year.

His dream job? To be an oncologist and work with kids.

Akhter said he chose UALR based on recommendations from friends and after seeing the successes of others who have attended.