The University of Arizona

First-Year UA Minority Student Retention Rate Highest Ever

UANews | February 7, 2014
The first-year retention rate for ethnic minorities who were first-time freshmen in fall 2012 was 80.9 percent. Student diversity also is up. During the fall semester, more than 36 percent of students were minorities, up from 34.9 percent during the fall of 2012 and 24.4 percent a decade ago.

UA Wind Quintet is Finalist in National Competition

UANews | January 30, 2014
Members of the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet at the UA are preparing to perform in the national Collegiate Chamber Music Finals, which will be held in Chicago in March. The UA School of Music group became a national finalist after winning the Southwest division of the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chamber Music Competition.

UA, Google Creating Digital Maps to Help Preserve Cultural Heritage of Russian Community

UANews | January 29, 2014
Through a collaboration with Google Earth Outreach, a UA anthropologist and a doctoral student are helping create customized digital maps of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, where members of an indigenous community are in danger of losing their language. By capturing geographic and cultural information specific to the Itelmen people, the maps will hopefully help preserve their culture and empower them politically.

Three UA Students Picked for Internships at Winter Olympics

UANews | January 27, 2014
Three UA students are headed to Sochi to work as interns at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Joseph Shaw, Desiree Piazza and Heather Smyser will complete for-credit internships with NBCUniversal. All three students are fluent in Russian and are either pursuing or have already earned degrees from the UA Department of Russian and Slavic Studies. NBCUniversal approached the UA because of its strong programs in Russian language and culture.

UA Conference for Undergrad Research Celebrates 25th Year

UANews | January 17, 2014
More than 2,000 students have been involved in the Undergraduate Biology Research Program over its history, authoring or co-authoring more than 900 scholarly articles and giving more than 1,000 presentations at scientific conferences.The flagship UBRP program is one example of the UA's commitment to 100 percent student engagement through opportunities that give undergraduates real-world experience via internships, service learning, study abroad and involvement in UA research.

$1.3M Given to UA for Mining Safety Research

UANews | January 6, 2014
Recognized for offering programs in the full range of disciplines related to mineral resources, the UA has earned a risk management and training effectiveness grants to aid in improving mining safety. All told, the grant funding amounts to more than $1.3 million from the Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health.

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