Featured Recipients


Coleman Warren

Coleman Warren

Rhodes Scholar - 2022

Coleman Warren, an honors industrial engineering and political science senior, was named 1 of 32 Rhodes Scholars in the United States for 2022. A 2021 Truman Scholar, he is committed to a career alleviating childhood hunger in his home state of Arkansas. During his undergraduate studies, he founded a boutique ice cream shop named Simple + Sweet, and its profits benefit local charities that provide meals for hungry children. As a Rhodes Scholar, he will pursue an MPhil in Comparative Social Policy.

Mary Jia

Mary Jia

Goldwater Scholarship - 2022

A junior honors biomedical engineering major, Mary Jia received a 2022 Goldwater Scholarship, naming her one of the top STEM undergraduates committed to a career in research in the nation. Jia is a Bodenhamer Fellow and Arkansas Governor's Distinguished Scholar. Under the guidance of Christopher Nelson, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, her research focuses on developing a prime editing solution for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and she is listed as first author in an article submitted to the Journal of Magnesium and Alloys.


Joseph Roll

Joseph Roll

Goldwater Scholarship - 2022

Joseph Roll is an honors mathematics and physics junior, and he was awarded a 2022 Goldwater Scholarship, highlighting him as one of the nation’s top STEM undergraduates. His primary research examines second harmonic generation of SnS monolayers, and he recently contributed to findings that were published in Advanced Quantum Technologies. He plans to eventually pursue a PhD in theoretical physics, followed by a career in research.


Taylen Day

Taylen Day

Udall Scholarship - 2022

As an aspiring medical doctor within the Native American population, Taylen Day was recognized as a 2022 Udall Scholar. A psychology major, she has actively engaged in the Native American Student Association, assisted in research in the DREAM lab, and worked as the president of the Volunteer Action Center. She plans to work as an OBGYN with Native American women, as well as raise awareness about the medical and mental health issues that Native American women have historically faced.


Hannah Allred

Hannah Allred

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship – 2022

Hannah Allred graduated in May 2022 with a bachelor of arts in Spanish minoring in anthropology. She will complete an English Teaching Assistantship in Galicia, Spain.

On campus, Allred has been heavily involved with the Volunteer Action Center, including serving as both a volunteer and chair of the VAC’s Passionate About Literacy Program. Off campus, Allred was a Latinx recruitment specialist intern for the Girl Scouts Diamonds in Rogers, and a substitute teacher in Fayetteville Public Schools. She plans a career teaching in a bilingual school.


Duru Erkan

Duru Erkan

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship – 2022

Duru Erkan graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts in French and a bachelor of science in biology in May 2022. She is an Honors College Fellow and Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholar. Erkan will be an English Teaching Assistant in Belgium.

On campus, Erkan was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 2021, and she has many extracurricular activities, including the International Culture Team, Inspirational Chorale, and Honors College Advisory Board. She has also volunteered for the Canopy NWA After School Buddy Program, as well as at Washington Regional Medical Center in the Emergency Department. She plans a career as a pediatrician.


Lillie Haddock

Lillie Haddock

Fulbright Research Award – 2022

Lillie Haddock graduated in May 2022 with a master of science in biomedical engineering. She previously received a bachelor of science in biological engineering in May 2019. Her graduate research advisor is Dr. Brian Haggard, professor of biological engineering. Haddock is a finalist for a Research Award to Australia, where she will study policy mechanisms to manage declining water availability in the Murray-Darling River Basin at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Dr. Avril Horne.

Haddock has been a member of the Graduate Society of Women Engineers, the Distinguished Lectures Committee, and Tau Beta Pi. She has presented her work at multiple conferences and is listed as coauthor on an article in Global Change Biology. She has also worked at the Arkansas Water Resources Center and interned with Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. Haddock plans a career in global water security.


Sol Halle

Sol Halle

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship - 2022

Sol Halle graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts in international and global studies and political science, minoring in French, in May 2022. She will be an English Teach Assistant in Madrid, Spain.

She has been involved with National Model United Nations, being named Outstanding Delegate in 2019, as well as Student Congress Debate. In 2021, she was named an En Voz Alta Mentee with the Women’s Action for New Directions organization. Recently, Halle completed a virtual internship with the U.S. Department of State. Halle plans a career in the Foreign Service.


Charlie Rodgers

Charlie Rodgers

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship - 2022

Charlie Rodgers graduated summa cum laude in December 2021 with a bachelor of science in exercise science, minoring in psychology. He is a Finalist for an English Teaching Assistantship in Czech Republic.

He has been a research assistant of the Exercise is Medicine Research Group, and was awarded a 2021 Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship to support his undergraduate research. He has also served as distribution leader for Razorback Food Recovery, vice chair of Honors College of Education and Health Professions, and vice president of the Pre-Physical Therapy Club. Off campus he has interned with Big Brothers Big Sisters NWA, and worked as a camp counselor in North Carolina. He plans to pursue a PhD in epidemiology.


Chloë Benton

Chloë Benton

GEM Fellowship – 2022

Honors physics senior Chloë Benton was named a 2022 GEM PhD Science and Engineering Fellow. Through her Employer Fellowship, she will intern with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory before commencing her PhD studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Under the guidance of Dr. Bret Lehmer, associate professor of physics, she researched how X-ray binary (XRB) populations vary in galaxies over a range of physics conditions through rich data sets taken from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. She plans a career as a US Science Ambassador, and she hopes to be a representative for black women in the field of physics.


Lucas Bellaiche

Lucas Bellaiche

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship - 2022

Lucas Bellaiche graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in psychology and a B.S. in mathematics in 2021. A Sturgis Fellow, he conducted research with Elizabeth Margulis, now a professor of music at Princeton University, and Darya Zabelina, assistant professor of psychology at the U of A.

As a Ph.D. student in cognitive neuroscience at Duke University, he researches the neuroscience of creativity and emotion. He plans a career either as a research professor or in industry at the intersection of art and science.


Gianna Busch

Gianna Busch

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship - 2022

Gianna Busch graduated summa cum laude with a B.S.Bm.E. in biomedical engineering in 2021. An Honors College Fellow, she conducted undergraduate research with Kyle Quinn, associate professor of biomedical engineering. Currently a Ph.D. student in bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, she researches single-cell metabolic heterogeneity in cancer. She plans a career in industry research and development or government research.


Sarah Heissenberger

Sarah Heissenberger

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship - 2022

Sarah Heissenberger is pursuing a Ph.D. in biology. Before coming to the U of A, she completed a B.Sc. in biology at Keene State College in New Hampshire.

In her program, she has two co-advisors: Sarah DuRant, associate professor of biology, and Carolyn Bauer, assistant professor of physiological ecology, Swarthmore College.

Her research focuses on how drought influences individual physiology, social dynamics and maternal effects in an arid-adapted mammal native to Chile, the common degu. She plans a career studying the effects of climate change on individual physiology and behavior at a non-profit or within the federal government.


Kaylee Henry

Kaylee Henry

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship - 2022

Kaylee Henry graduated with a B.S. in mathematics and a B.S.Bm.E. in biomedical engineering in 2020. Her undergraduate research mentors were Morten Jensen, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and Hanna Jensen, assistant professor of clinical research at UAMS.

She is currently a Ph.D. student at Northwestern University where she researches optimizing parameter settings for deep brain stimulation devices. She plans a career overseeing a government research lab at the National Institutes of Health.


Mikayla Tolliver

Mikayla Tolliver

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship - 2022

Mikayla Tolliver is pursuing a Ph.D. in experimental psychology with a focus in social neuroscience. Before coming to the U of A, she completed a B.S. in psychological science from Oklahoma State University.

With her research advisor, Anastasia Makhanova, assistant professor of psychology, she investigates the influence of hormonal contraceptives on biobehavioral processes in women, and her research recently received a $10,000 grant from the Women's Giving Circle on campus.

She plans a career as a professor at an R1 university, or in industry researching women’s health and fertility.