Community Scientist Academy

Community Scientist Academy graduates along with UAMS faculty and staff are (l-r): Camille Hart (staff), Charles Moore (back), Carl Farr, Sarah Facen, David Miller (back), Pat Kissire, Virginia Wilhelm, Nicki Spencer (staff), Willie Wade (back), Onie Norman, Larry Taylor, Marvin Hayenga (back), Sylvia Halliburton, Mary Aitken (faculty), Kate Stewart (faculty), Esther Dixon, David Robinson (staff) and Kimberly Moore. (Not pictured: Marilyn Bailey-Jefferson, Freeman McKindra, Suzanne Overgaard and Joy Rockenbach)

Graduates of the first UAMS Community Scientist Academy, with faculty and staff.

The Translational Research Institute established the UAMS Community Scientist Academy to help demystify UAMS research for local citizens and to better prepare them for important volunteer research roles. Volunteers are needed in a variety of capacities, including steering committees, mentoring committees, review committees, research projects, and in other leadership capacities.

Willie Wade of Hot Springs discusses his idea for a research study during a class exercise.

Willie Wade of Hot Springs discusses his idea for a research study during a class exercise.

Participants in the Community Scientist Academy interact with UAMS researchers and community members involved in research in small roundtable discussions and other interactive sessions. They learn:

  • How researchers decide what health issues to study
  • The research process
  • The benefits of individual and community organizations’ involvement in research
  • Ways they can volunteer to help with research such as serving on community advisory boards, community review boards for individual studies, as a community grant reviewer, a research participant, and how a volunteer organization can become involved.

UAMS researchers conduct clinical studies and community-based studies. Its clinical studies are conducted in UAMS’ hospital and clinics across the state, including at its main campus in Little Rock, Northwest Campus, eight Regional Centers, Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, and at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.

To date, 44 Arkansans have graduated from the Community Scientist Academy.

Contact Nicki Spencer for more information on the dates for the next CSA.

Read about the first Community Scientist Academy graduation.

See more graduation photos.