Arkansas Short Takes

Welcome to the home of Arkansas Short Takes, where you will find a series of short videos featuring stories about outstanding students, faculty and special points of pride at the University of Arkansas.


For more than 150 years, the primary purpose of the University of Arkansas has been to improve the lives of every Arkansan. In 2023, the university celebrated record enrollment of Arkansans, and 98% of Arkansans who applied for scholarship support received a scholarship or other financial award. Chancellor Charles Robinson, Vice Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admission Suzanne McCray, alumna Ayana Gray and students Amelia Southern Uribe, Erick Soto and Jenna Klewsaat share what makes the U of A unique, as the campus looks forward to the next 150 years and focuses on student success, research excellence and strengthening its position as an employer of choice.


The Fayetteville Traverse recreational trail connects the University of Arkansas with the rest of the region and provides a source of natural beauty for the students, faculty and staff who utilize it. Designed to be accessible for all, the trail offers many scenic spots for biking, running and walking and are unique to the U of A. 这是一个 trail for all ages and abilities and is also one of the only natural surface trails designed for adaptive cyclists in the state of Arkansas. 阅读更多关于 开拓者.


Alumna Ayana Gray is a best-selling author, and the first chapter of her story began as a student at the University of Arkansas. Since publishing her original novel in 2021, she can often be found touring the country, signing copies of her “Beasts of Prey” trilogy series at local bookstores or libraries. When she returns to Fayetteville, though, she’s reminded of where it all began, including the two key experiences she had as a student that inspired her to build a new world for readers.

The Heart of Student Success

The student success team in The Cordia Harrington Center for Excellence (The CORD) at the University of Arkansas is passionate about helping students grow, so they can meet the rigors of academic life and life after graduation. 这是一个 place where students, faculty and staff work together to not only ensure success but a sense of belonging 也. Hear firsthand how the team is dedicated to Arkansas and how this space has become the heart of student success on campus.

Determined to Succeed

University of Arkansas student Erick Soto was the recipient of the McDonald’s HACER Scholarship – an achievement that helped jumpstart his journey at the U of A as a first-generation college student. Since then, he’s found a way to help other students as a mentor in the Freshman Commuter Student Success Program, where he enjoys sharing his own experiences and motivating his peers to persevere through life’s challenges. Soto believes, “If you’re determined to succeed, I think you’ll accomplish anything 你让自己.”

Lights, Camera, Insects!

University of Arkansas researchers are helping protect valuable crops with a prototype of an insect trap that can help farmers monitor and identify potential pests more 有效地. The trap, developed by researchers Ashley Dowling and Khoa Luu, captures footage of insects, uses artificial intelligence to identify them and sends real-time data back to the farmers. It also eliminates the need for manual monitoring, allowing farmers to make decisions on the fly and take the appropriate measures to counteract 潜在的损害.


Every summer since 2015, University of Arkansas Assistant Professor Tameka Bailey returns to the Arkansas Delta determined to inspire a new cohort of students to love science and envision the opportunities available in the field. What started as a camp at the Dumas Community Center has evolved into a weeklong immersive experience involving a field trip to Fayetteville, tours of the campus and hands-on lab work. 以来 inception, students from her inaugural class have gone on to enroll at the U of A and embrace the life-changing opportunities introduced to them by her outreach.

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