Bumpers College and the U of A hosted the Arkansas Lighthouse Summer Enrichment Academy last summer, and many of the seventh and eighth graders who participated are now members of the first chapter of Arkansas Junior MANRRS and will interact with and will be supervised by students in U of the MANRRS RSO of A.
The U of A Chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Allied Sciences and Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences have successfully partnered with Arkansas Lighthouse Charter Schools to create an Arkansas Junior MANRRS Chapter.
Students from the U of A chapter, an official student organization registered at the university, will partner with the junior club and serve as mentors for the younger group, which includes K-12 students.
The junior chapter is one of 19 across the country. The MANRRS Junior Program is designed to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and mathematics, or STEAM. The goal is to encourage students in grades 7 to 12 to attend university and pursue studies in agriculture, natural resources and environmental sciences.
The goal of the U of A MANRRS, Bumpers College, and Arkansas Junior MANRRS partnership is to provide an opportunity to augment historically underrepresented K-12 students with direct exposure to a land-grant university and a mentoring through the U of A’s MANRRS, improving diversity in underrepresented fields of agriculture and related sciences by dispelling agriculture “myths” and exposing underrepresented K-12 students Grade 12 to important “soft skills,” applied research, and opportunities to present at regional and national conferences.
“The overall goal is to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing studies in agricultural fields and to expand the community of diverse Arkansas agricultural leaders to foster broader representation and mentors for future students,” said Jacquelyn Wiersma-Mosley, professor of human development. and Family Sciences, and U of A Club Advisor. “Our partnership between Junior MANRRS and U of A MANRRS is playing a key role in expanding Arkansas State’s research capabilities agriculture and in support of its land-grant mission.”
Wendell Scales, Deputy Director of Innovation at ALCS, is the Junior Club’s lead advisor.
“The creation of the state’s first junior MANRRS is a monumental step forward as we develop an innovative pathway for our scholars,” Scales said. “I thank Dr. Deacue Fields, Dr. Jacquelyn Wiersma-Mosley, Katie Dilley, Terrius Bruce and Ian A. Smith. They have supported our vision and understand that mentorship plays an equally important role in shaping our future leaders. “
Many members of the Arkansas Junior Chapter attended an Arkansas Lighthouse Summer Enrichment Academy hosted by Bumpers College this summer. A group of seventh and eighth graders from ALCS Jacksonville and Pine Bluff spent three days on campus receiving hands-on learning experiences, exposure to technical and scientific operations and procedures related to agriculture, and to environmental humanities, social networking, an introduction to the college’s majors and career opportunities and possibilities, an introduction to campus life and traditions, and a white coat closing ceremony.
The U of A’s MANRRS chapter, which is one of 60 nationally, is housed at Bumpers College but is open to all college students. The aim of the group is to provide academic support, networking opportunities and career development. Jacquelyn Wiersma-Mosley, professor of human development and family sciences, is the club’s advisor.
“Establishing a MANRRS program for juniors in Arkansas has been a top priority for Bumpers College,” said Katie Dilley, undergraduate recruitment coordinator for the college. “This is an incredible opportunity for historically underrepresented K-12 students to have first-hand learning experiences with agriculture and related sciences, and to network with the vast community of MANRRS, where students will be mentored by people like them who are working to make a stronger, more diverse future in their career fields.Bumpers College programs have a global impact in the industries most critical to life, and these students now have a front-row seat to learning about these programs long before they head off to college or their careers.
Scales, Mosley and Dilley led the effort to establish the junior group, which is the first in Arkansas.
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