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Our graduates have gone on to accomplish great things in their respective areas. A few of them are featured below:

Kirt L. Durand, Ph.D'10

Current Occupation: Senior Analytical Chemist (Greensboro, NC). Involved in development of methods to analyze the amount of active ingredients in our products (pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, etc.). Responsible for the company’s inerts program that Quantify and qualify the surfactants and polymers used in our products.

Education: Paul Robeson high school, 2006 (Chicago, IL), Bachelor’s degree in Science UAPB, 2010 (Pine Bluff, AR) and PhD Purdue, 2014 (West Lafayette, IN). Synthesized and reacted radicals to disulfide linked peptides and proteins. In my study I used HPLC and mass spectrometry to characterize peptides and small proteins.

Antonie H. Rice, Ph.D'96

Current Occupation: Assistant Dean of Education and Student Affairs for the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He previously worked at UAPB from 2002-2015 in the Department of Chemistry and Physics and served as Chair of the Chemistry and Physics Department, and Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences during his tenure.

Education: Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry - UAPB (1996), (Pine Bluff, AR); Masters of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry - University of Kansas (1999); Doctorate of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Chemistry - University of Kansas (2002). His research involves chemical modification of taxanes and delivery of anticancer drugs across the blood-brain barrier.

Charvon Cade-Herriotte'10

Current Occupation: Chemical Research at BASF (Wyandotte, Michigan). Involved in Polyurethane Research to fabricate improved high density window gasket foams for transportation industry, produce bonding layer on low surface energy substrates for subsea adhesion, incorporate photochromic molecules into construction sprayfoam for special tagging and R&D safety liaison.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Science UAPB, 2010 (Pine Bluff, AR).

Tajuanna Sims'12

Current Occupation: Project set up manager Q2 solutions, a quintiles quest joint venture. As a project set up manager her job responsibilities include but are not limited to developing the database design requirements which include configuration, programming for full protocols and protocol amendments, and developing and maintaining client design standards. She is also responsible for communicating and coordinating set up activities with clients and internal customers to ensure approvals are met, launch is successful, and a seamless transfer of the project to the Project Manager. She also participates in internal and external audits and coordinate and mentor more junior staff and new hires to the company.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, 2012.

Stephen T. Broughton, MD.'11

Current Occupation: Resident Physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Winston-Salem, North Carolina). Stephen plans to specialize in Cardiology.

Education: Bachelors of Science in Chemistry, UAPB (2011),
(Pine Bluff, AR), Doctor of Medicine, UAMS (2015), (Little Rock, AR).

Jasmine Washington'15

Current Occupation: Graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis, enrolled in the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program

Education: Bachelors of Science in Chemistry, UAPB (2015), (Pine Bluff, AR)

Dr. Ruth JonesRuth D. Jones, Ph.D'94

Current Occupation: Mishap Investigation Specialist at the NASA Safety Center in Huntsville, Alabama

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1994. She received both Doctorate of Philosophy and Masters of Science degrees in Physics/Materials Science in December 2000 and July 1997, respectively from Alabama A & M University, Huntsville, Alabama. She was a 1989 honor graduate of Central High School, West Helena, Arkansas.

Dr. Jones is the second African American woman to receive a Ph. D. in Physics in the state of Alabama, and the first woman to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the prestigious University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The author of numerous articles on optical physics, Dr. Jones is a member of the System Safety Society, Society of Women Engineers, American Physical Society, SPIE and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. One of her goals is to help young people, particularly minorities in small towns, understand the excitement, opportunities and enjoyment in pursuing a technical career.

Benjamin Newton, Ph.D'09

Current Occupation: Research Electronics Engineer, Air Force Research Lab Wright Patterson Air Force Base. 5237 Cooper Rd, Dayton, OH 45433

Education: Bachelors of Science degree in Physics, UAPB (2009), Masters of Science in Microelectronics and Photonics and Doctorate of Philosophy in Microelectronic and Photonics, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (2014)

Whitney LaGrone'11

Current Occupation: Technical Consulting Sr. Analyst: Accenture

Education: B.S in Chemistry, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; M.S in Material Science and Engineering, Norfolk State University

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