Interdisciplinary Quick Facts

Why Interdisciplinary?

At the University of Arkansas, 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, bring a holistic perspective to both old and new challenges in a variety of research areas.

 Our Programs

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Environmental Dynamics
  • Microelectronics-Photonics
  • Public Policy
  • Space and Planetary Sciences
  • Statistics and Analytics

Points of Pride

  • The Cell and Molecular Biology program is the largest doctoral program on campus.
  • Cell and Molecular Biology program participants authored articles in nearly 50 peer-reviewed publications and gave more than 100 oral presentations.
  • Students in the Environmental Dynamics program were invited to the White House to brief the President’s climate adviser.
  • A record number of students in the Microelectronics-Photonics program took the doctoral candidacy exam.
  • Students in the Public Policy program authored 16 peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • A record number of Space and Planetary Science students gave oral presentations at the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.
  • Enrollment in the Statistics and Analytics program has nearly tripled since its creation in 2014.
  • The first students graduated from the Statistics and Analytics program, since the program’s creation in 2014.

 Sponsored Research

  • Cell and Molecular Biology faculty and students recorded nearly $19 million in continuing grant support and more than $3 million in new grant support.
  • Environmental Dynamics faculty earned more than $3 million in external funding.
  • Public Policy students and faculty were collaborators on more than $5 million in grant funding.
  • Space and Planetary Science faculty and students received nearly $2 million in grant funding.

 By the Numbers

  • 262 students enrolled in interdisciplinary programs (fall 2016)
  • More than 500 program alumni
  • 35 disciplines incorporated into programs

All data is reflective of the 2015-16 academic year, unless otherwise noted