U of A Graduate School to Launch Bridge Program for Underrepresented Students

The RISE program will provide incoming graduate students from historically underrepresented populations with an introduction to graduate education at the University of Arkansas.
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The RISE program will provide incoming graduate students from historically underrepresented populations with an introduction to graduate education at the University of Arkansas.

The University of Arkansas Graduate School is launching a bridge program for students from underrepresented populations. The Razorgrad Institute for Success and Engagement (RISE) program will provide incoming graduate students from historically underrepresented populations with an intellectual, professional and social introduction to the University of Arkansas as they transition into graduate education.

"I am excited to launch this bridge program and believe it will strengthen graduate education on our campus and better prepare our underrepresented students to be successful in graduate school," said Kim Needy, dean of the Graduate School and International Education.

During this week-long summer institute in early August, RISE participants will attend seminars focused on professional development, academic skills and personal growth. The program organizers recognize the challenge of balancing work with personal life and are proactively look for ways to help graduate students do well at both aspects of their lives.

The RISE program will not only benefit incoming graduate students, but will also enrich the University of Arkansas community by bringing greater numbers of students from diverse backgrounds to campus.

To participate, students must be admitted to the University of Arkansas and be nominated for the program by the graduate coordinator for their department or program by April 15. Interested graduate coordinators should email the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Student Support to learn more about the nomination process.

Contacts

Laura Moix, assistant director graduate fellowships and student support
Graduate School and International Education
479-575-7038, gradsupport@uark.edu

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