FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Samille Palm, a junior theatre student at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has been chosen for the prestigious George Washington Carver Research Program and will be studying this summer at the University of Arkansas.
The George Washington Carver Research Program is a recruitment initiative to identify superior undergraduate students of Historically Black Colleges and Universities & Hispanic Serving Institutions for selected internship positions at the University of Arkansas. Running May 19 through July 12, interns will work directly with a faculty mentor and be exposed to various aspects of graduate study. Interns who successfully complete the program will receive a competitive research stipend, compensation for room, board, and travel.
According to UAPB Director of Theatre Cheryl Collins, Palm, a Dallas native, has been a stellar student in many areas: she was nominated for the distinguished Irene Ryan Scholarship awarded by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her work in the UAPB theatre production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone; she was the stage manager for their production of Do Lord Remember Me which won first place at the National Association of Speech and Dramatic Arts last year; she played the lead (Ti Moune) in their fall production of the musical Once On This Island which she also helped choreograph; and is excellent in the light booth as well.
“She is more than a triple threat,” said Collins. “The Carver Program is highly competitive, but I am not surprised that she was chosen from a field of candidates from all over the country. I am so proud of her.”
When reached for comment, Samille stated, “This is the beginning of a new journey in my career. I am very excited and honored and will endeavor to do my best. I truly want to bring honor to UAPB Theatre. “
For more information about the theatre program at UAPB, call (870)575-8802.