Just the Facts: Graduate School and International Education

Who We Are

  • Graduate School
    • Fellowships and Student Support
    • Recruitment and Admissions
    • Retention and Graduation
  • International Education
    • Recruitment and Admissions
    • International Students and Scholars
    • Rome Center
    • Sponsored Student Programs
    • Spring International Language Center
    • Study Abroad and International Exchange 
  • Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs
  • Testing Services

What We Do

We advocate for students and student success. We recruit, retain and graduate students who ask tough questions, drive innovation, break barriers, explore every angle and solve complex problems. We foster excellence by preparing our students to contribute to a global society.

We keep a global perspective. We draw strength from diversity by facilitating opportunities for students from Arkansas, the nation and the world to learn from each other and discover together.

We approach complex problems from multiple angles. We develop interdisciplinary graduate programs that bring a holistic perspective to both old and new challenges.

We lead change, and our future has never been brighter.

Graduate School

The Graduate School at the University of Arkansas has a reputation for producing some of the most influential leaders and researchers of our time. Our students work with experts in their fields who are striving to answer today’s most challenging questions. They are at the forefront of discovery and are committed to enriching the global community.

Making an Impact

  • 4,161 graduate students enrolled
  • 1,539 graduate assistants
  • 527 teaching assistants
  • 510 travel grants awarded
  • 130 graduate programs
  • 15% under-represented graduate students
  • Graduate student enrollment has trended up from around 3,750 in 2011 to 4,275 in 2016
  • Graduate degrees awarded have increased from around 1,275 in 2010-11 to 1,337 in 2015-16

Graduate Student Research

  • Breaking Barriers
    • Doctoral Academy Fellow Nasya Sturdivant is working to build an artificial blood-brain barrier. Her research could lead to the development of drugs that treat traumatic brain injury, as well as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
  • Fleeing to Fault Zones
    • Distinguished Doctoral Fellow Bradley Wilson’s research shows that Syrian refugees who have fled to Turkey have settled in areas with long histories of deadly earthquakes. Yet, those refugees are not accounted for in population models used for earthquake risk assessments. He is devising his own population model, which will increase the accuracy of natural hazard forecasts and help emergency responders be better prepared. 
  • Model Behavior
    • Research by doctoral student Jessica Morris focuses on the effects of along-wind dispersion on the release of hazardous gases into the atmosphere. Her models are used to develop guidelines for emergency response measures.

By the Numbers

  • 261 doctoral fellows
  • 7 Southern Regional Education Board Scholars
  • 13 NSF Graduate Research Fellows
  • 50 Benjamin Franklin Lever Fellows

The Path to a Brighter Future Starts Here

  • Graduate Student Enrollment has gradually increased over the past four years, but slightly decreased in fall 2017
  • Graduate degrees awarded has stayed reletively constant over the past five years

International Education

Students from Australia to Vietnam, Bolivia to Yemen, Croatia to Zambia and everywhere in between call the University of Arkansas home. Our international students have diverse backgrounds, but they share the common goal of wanting to receive a quality education from a university known for its academic and research excellence.

Hospitality is at the heart of our mission. We strive to create an engaging campus life by providing international education seminars, intercultural training, cultural immersions and country specific workshops.

A Global Perspective

  • 1,461 international student enrolled
  • 311 international scholars
  • 212 sponsored students
  • 120 countries represented
  • 50 Fulbright Scholars enrolled
  • 18% international graduate students

International Education Highlights

  • Panamanian Pride
    • The University of Arkansas is home to more Panamanian students than any other college or university in the nation.
  • A Roman Holiday
    • A record-high 145 University of Arkansas students spent part of the 2015-16 academic year at the university’s Rome Center. The Italian campus will celebrate 30 years of partnership with the University of Arkansas in spring 2018.
  • Forming Friendships
    • The university’s iFriend program has been recognized nationally for its success in facilitating cross-cultural friendships between international students and members of the Northwest Arkansas community.

Study Abroad

  • More than 1,000 students studied abroad during the 2016-17 academic year, visiting nearly 50 countries
  • 35 study abroad programs were faculty-led
  • 61 faculty members developed study abroad opportunities for students
  • Faculty and staff made nearly 1,000 international trips during 2016, visiting more than 50 countries
  • Nearly 50 exchange students call our campus home

Interdisciplinary Programs

We are strong believers that complex problems must often be approached from multiple angles. This mindset has led to the development of six interdisciplinary graduate degree programs that, together with the appropriate research centers, require collaboration among all of the university’s colleges.

Our programs in Cell and Molecular Biology, Environmental Dynamics, Microelectronics-Photonics, Public Policy, Space and Planetary Sciences and Statistics and Analytics bring a holistic perspective to both old and new challenges in a variety of research areas.

Points of Pride

  • The Cell and Molecular Biology program is the largest Ph.D. program on campus.
  • $1.6 million in new grants and $2 million in continuing grants were awarded to microelectronics-phontonics faculty in 2016, directly impacting students
  • Students in environmental dynamics were invited to the White House to brief the president's climate advisor
  • Since 2015, public policy faculty and students have collaborated on more than $10 million in grant fudning
  • A record number of space and planetary sciences students presented at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
  • Microelectronics-photonics students authored or co-authored 90 publications or presentations and had 3 patent disclosures in 2016
  • Enrollment in the statistics and analytics program has nearly tripled since its creation in 2014
  • Cell and molecular biology program participants reported $2.4 million in continuing grant fudning and $5 million in new grants in 2016
  • Environmental dynamics students have been directly involved with more than $1 million in external grants

Outstanding Interdisciplinary Students

  • A deorbiter designed by Morgan Roddy, a Doctoral Academy Fellow, won second place in a student design competition at the University Nanosatellite Engineering Consortium’s Global Meeting. Roddy is one of a select few of University of Arkansas researchers contributing  to the development of a CubeSat, which NASA will launch into space between 2018 and 2020.
  • Electa Hare-Redcorn was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar. Her research focuses on indigenous food sovereignty, health and agriculture policy that benefits ancestral and contemporary tribes.
  • Sara Port, a Doctoral Academy Fellow, earned a NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes internship, a Sturgis International Fellowship and a Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship to support her research of Venus’ atmosphere.
  • Ellen Czaplinski earned a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship. In addition to assisting with tuition and providing a stipend, the fellowship supports Czaplinski’s research expenses. Her research centers on understanding the compositional structure of Saturn’s lakes.
  • Dennis Lozada is developing wheat with a higher grain yield. His work earned him a Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholarship Program fellowship.
  • Jenny Burgman was awarded a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant. Burgman’s research focuses on the utilization of rodent microwear as a climate proxy.

Leap of Faith Alters Doctoral Student's Career Plans

Dennis Lozada wanted to be a medical doctor. But, a leap of faith brought him to Fayetteville to study wheat – a crop he had never even seen until he began graduate school at the University of Arkansas. With no regrets, Lozada said the decision was one of the best of his life.

Since childhood, Lozada has had a passion for helping others. He spent most his life thinking the best way to channel that passion was to become a medical doctor. However, after working with the International Rice Research Institute as an undergraduate, Lozada’s career plans changed.

“When I saw first-hand the importance of agriculture, I knew that was the sector I needed to be in,” he said.

Lozada refocused his undergraduate research on rice and intended to pursue that same research focus in graduate school. But, when University of Arkansas professor Esten Mason pitched him the idea of studying wheat breeding in the university’s cell and molecular biology program, he took the chance and again changed his course.

“Things have definitely turned out differently than I expected them to, but I’m enjoying it,” he said.

Lozada is trying to breed wheat that has a higher grain yield and is adaptable to a wider range of climate environments than current wheat varieties. He works with 240 wheat varieties to identify regions in the wheat genome that affect variation for grain yield and adaptation traits. By doing so, he could potentially identify wheat varieties that have higher yield and productivity in target environments.

The significance of his research earned Lozada a Monsanto Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program fellowship, which is valued at $100,000. The fellowship will afford him the opportunity to conduct research at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico.

Lozada is still in the early stages of his research, but is excited for what is ahead and its potential impact.

“Wheat is one of the most important crops in the world,” he said. “Knowing that the results of my research could potentially impact farmers and consumers by producing better crops for more people is something that is encouraging for me.”

Testing Services

We provide high quality testing services for students, graduates, professionals and members of the community. We are driven with the desire to help examinees reach their academic and professional goals in a standardized setting that promotes honesty, integrity and fairness. We subscribe to the National College Testing Association Professional Standards and Guidelines with the objective of administering tests in a pleasant and technologically advanced environment.

A Year in Review

  • The director of Testing Services was awarded the 2016 Service Recognition Award from the National College Testing Association.
  • Testing Services earned national certification from the National College Testing Association.
  • Members of the Testing Services office partnered with colleges and units across campus to assist with proctoring and administering exams.
  • Testing Services administered tests to more than 14,000 students, prospective students and members of the community.

Home of Fulbright

The University of Arkansas is the home to J. William Fulbright - former university president, United States senator and creator of the Fulbright Scholar Program. Fulbright’s vision of peace through education guides the mission of the Graduate School and International Education.