Graduate School and International Education / Research and Economic Development

Graduate School and International Education / Research and Economic Development

“I am really excited to be helping the Graduate School, International Education, Research and Economic Development units within the University because they represent areas that provide students with critical experiences that employers look for when they seek out bright, talented young people to join their companies. In today’s job market, entrepreneurship, international experience, undergraduate research and/or a graduate degree are all key differentiators for our students. The U of A’s programs in these areas are already competitive with top schools in the nation and we aim to make them even better. Best of all, even modest investments in these programs make a big difference, and that is why Campaign Arkansas is going to be a catalyst for GSIE/RED and the University as a whole.”

- Brian Henley (B.S.I.E. ’86), Committee Chair

The Graduate School and International Education supports the strategic goals of the University of Arkansas to continue as a research university of excellence. We recruit, retain and graduate high-caliber students; advocate for students and student success; facilitate intercultural and international experiences to increase global competencies; and assist in the development of international, interdisciplinary and graduate programs.

Total Goal: $5,000,000

Campaign Committee

Brian Henley, Chair

Tricia Breeger

David Fender

Mary Fenton

Collis Geren

Becky Henley

L. Lee Lane

Donna McLarty

Mack McLarty

Janet Parsch

Lucas Parsch

Derek Poh

Campaign Strategic Objectives

Graduate Student Support

Graduate Student Support

  • Developing need-based scholarships for continuing graduate students
  • Creating fellowships for graduate students in their dissertation year
International Education

International Education

  • Increasing the availability of study abroad scholarship opportunities
  • Developing an international education catastrophic fund
Interdisciplinary Research

Interdisciplinary Research

  • Increasing graduate student and program support to enhance overall growth of interdisciplinary education and research
  • Supporting new projects designed to enhance the university's research and discovery mission through an Innovation and Collaboration Fund
Faculty Support

Faculty Support

  • Providing seed funding for faculty research to solve national and global challenges in the areas of water, food, energy, health care, security, and data analytics
  • Creating faculty fellowships to support interdisciplinary graduate degree programs
Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

  • Developing scholarships for non-Honors students to engage in research experiences with faculty and industry
Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

  • Providing student and faculty support for business plan development and travel to business plan competitions
  • Naming opportunities for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub on the Fayetteville square, in collaboration with other campus units

Key Contacts

Julie Olsen

Julie Olsen
Director of Development
479-575-6975
jkolsen@uark.edu

Kim LaScola Needy

Kim LaScola Needy
Dean
479-575-7762
kneedy@uark.edu

Jim Rankin

Jim Rankin
Vice Provost
479-575-2470
rankinj@uark.edu