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.

Professional Shopper

Think your holiday shopping starts early? U of A grad Mandy Kordsmeier’s holiday season never ends. Picking the items that will be on the shelves of one of the world’s largest retailers requires many trips around the world – a professional shopping spree that starts 18 months before your holiday season.

Best in Sight and Sound

Like the Razorback football team, the Razorback Marching Band puts in a lot of work to get ready for each game. Many may not be aware of that, but we can all appreciate why the band is often called “The Best in Sight and Sound.”

Time Scanners

National Geographic International and PBS turned to researchers from the University’s Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies to explore the world in a unique way, teaching us new things about the some of the world’s oldest landmarks.

Military Friendly

How does one of our nation’s veterans learn to become a student again – and succeed? A student-veteran at the University of Arkansas shares his story and shows why the U of A is one of the nation’s most Military Friendly institutions.

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Full Access

First generation college students and low income students don't always have a clear path to college. It's not even on the radar for some. The College Access Initiative at the University of Arkansas reaches out to these students, visiting high schools and bringing students to campus, while providing the tools and guidance needed to help empower them to apply, enroll, and graduate from college.

Transitioning to College

Making the transition to college can be tough on students as they work to make new connections, meet new friends and find out where to turn for support when needed. New Student & Family Programs offers that support in many ways, ensuring that new students experience a fulfilling and successful first year on campus.

Career Starters

University of Arkansas students interested in video production, graphic design, and social media careers are gaining real-world job experience while helping other students stay connected on campus. The UA Productions team offers this rare combination as it develops creative communications efforts for fellow students. After watching this behind-the-scenes feature, check out a sampling of UA Productions videos created for students by students.

Tradition of Scholarship

The University of Arkansas has an impressive track record of students earning prestigious scholarships and awards including being recognized as one of the nation's top producers of Goldwater Scholarship recipients since 2005. These awards provide U of A students with millions of dollars every year, helping them study abroad, secure graduate funding and gain valuable professional experience.

Diverse Opportunities

The George Washington Carver Research Program at the U of A exposes undergraduates from historically black, tribal and Latino serving colleges to the graduate level experience, while increasing campus diversity. For nearly 20 years, the initiative has provided these students the opportunity to work with mentors to conduct their own research projects and helped them decide if graduate school is right for them. 

Where Entrepreneurs Get Started

Many believe the University of Arkansas is home to the most successful entrepreneurship program in the world with a teacher known nationally as "The Coach" for her ability to help students and faculty turn scientific discovery, research and ideas into start-up companies. Find out what makes Carol Reeves and the U of A entrepreneurship program so strong in this short video.

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