Outreach

High School Research Program

Arnab Dey, the student mentored by Dr. Jinxiang Xi during the 2010 High School Research Program, was selected as the overall first place winner at the 2011 West Central Science Fair at ASMSA (Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts). His project, which Dr. Xi mentored last summer, was selected to go to the 2011 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Los Angeles.

Engineering Scholars Program

esp2To help stimulate interest in engineering and develop a strong pipeline of students interested in pursuing engineering disciplines as undergraduates, Dr. Seshadri Mohan in 2008 founded the Engineering Scholars Program (ESP) at UALR. Dr. Mohan defined the program and successfully procured grants from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority, and supported in part by the National Science Foundation, to launch the program .

The objective of ESP is to increase the number of students entering engineering programs in Arkansas through exposure to hands-on engineering projects, plant trips, and interaction with industry engineers. In addition, the two-week residential summer program includes counseling and advising sessions to assist students in preparing for college. During the three years since its launch, 55 high school students have spent two weeks at UALR, studying with professors, training in engineering laboratories and working on robot projects.

esp1The exposure to engineering and counseling and advising sessions helps high school students make informed choices on appropriate course work during their high school years for pursuing future careers in engineering.

The objective of ESP is to increase the number of students entering engineering programs in Arkansas through exposure to hands-on engineering projects, plant trips, and interaction with industry engineers. In addition, the two-week residential summer program includes counseling and advising sessions to assist students in preparing for college. During the three years since its launch, 55 high school students have spent two weeks at UALR, studying with professors, training in engineering laboratories and working on robot projects.

The exposure to engineering and counseling and advising sessions helps high school students make informed choices on appropriate course work during their high school years for pursuing future careers in engineering.