June 13, 2018
For the eighth year in a row, nearly 30 rising high school juniors from Georgia, Oregon, Alaska and across the nation are visiting the University of Arkansas to take part in the Math, Science and Engineering Academy pre-college outreach program — known as M-SEA — in partnership with Fort Valley State University in Georgia.
The students were welcomed to campus by Yvette Murphy-Erby, vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion; Todd Shields, dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences; Pat Koski, associate dean of the Graduate School and International Education; Department of Geosciences professor emeritus Van Brahana and professor Steve Boss; as well as Chancellor Joe Steinmetz.
“I believe the willingness of our upper administration to participate in this welcome event demonstrates their sincere commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion on our campus,” said Jo Ann Kvamme, assistant director of the of Environmental Dynamics Program and co-coordinator of the M-SEA program.
Students then learned about the admission process, visited the U of A’s Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education, visited the Honors College, and attended classes in geosciences taught by Van Brahana and Steve Boss, and electrical engineering classes taught by Robert Saunders. The students also participated in field trips to Savoy Research to learn about geology and hydrology, to the Harry D. Mattison Power Plant to learn about electrical engineering and power generation, and to Walmart Corporate Headquarters in Bentonville to learn about ‘big data’, marketing, cyber security and new innovations.
Each year the M-SEA program culminates with the students creating and performing songs, skits and clever dialog that demonstrate the complex principles they have learned in the classroom and field.
The 2018 M-SEA performance is free and open to the public. It will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 15, in Giffels Auditorium on the second floor of Old Main.
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