From Grad School to Startup
While working toward advanced degrees, UA graduate students are also producing new knowledge, marketing products, and forming companies that address significant challenges facing our state, nation and world.
UA Student Wins Cash and Prizes on 'Wheel of Fortune'
UA senior Steven Palmer, who grew up watching “Wheel of Fortune,” recently earned a spot as a contestant on the popular game show. Palmer, who appeared on the show this week, took home $11,283 in cash and prizes, which included a trip for two to Hawaii.
Two UA Professors Appointed Regents' Professors
UA professors Mary C. Stiner and Jonathan T. Overpeck have been appointed as Regents' Professors, an honor reserved for faculty members whose exceptional achievements merit national and international distinction.
The UA has a long-standing reputation for being a top producer of Peace Corps volunteers, having supplied more than 1,500 Wildcats to the organization since 1961. This week, the University is inviting students to learn more about service opportunities during the annual Peace Corps Fair.
The Honors Research Expo will showcase the discoveries of undergraduate researchers from across campus. This year, students will share their work in areas such as the effects of hypertension on memory, adaptability in indigenous communities, fault blocks at Kartchner Caverns and modern applications of acupuncture.
UA junior Philipp von Bieberstein is doing independent study research on the medicinal plant Withania somnifera, a member of the tomato family that contains a potential anti-tumor agent. He is comparing growth of the plant in hydroponic versus aeroponic systems. Student-initiated research projects let undergrads delve into their own particular interests, he says. "Unlike in a classroom setting, you learn by actually planning everything."
Industry executives from Nike, Target and PetSmart will visit campus later this month for a conference aimed at helping students leverage their unique millennial talents to advance their careers. The conference, which is coordinated by the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the UA, also will address the value of diversity in the workplace.
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.
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.