News - Environmental Studies

Vicente Vasquez
August 23, 2022 • Posted in , ,

Vasquez ’22 Finds Calling at Smithsonian Research Institute

When it came to pursuing his professional calling, 2022 University of the Ozarks graduate Vicente Vasquez Velasquez didn’t wait for the opportunity to come to him. He took the initiative. Vasquez is interning as a research assistant at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. The STRI is considered a standard-setting global platform for […]

Murat Atasoy
August 15, 2022 • Posted in ,

Dr. Atasoy Joins Science Faculty

Dr. Murat Atasoy has been named an assistant professor of environmental science at University of the Ozarks. Atasoy has served as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Geoscience at Auburn University since 2021. He previously was an assistant professor ad department head of the Department of Environmental Sciences at Osmaniye Korkut Ata University […]

Hurie Award 2022
May 4, 2022 • Posted in , ,

Vasquez Named 2022 Hurie Award Recipient

University of the Ozarks senior Vicente Vasquez Velasquez, an environmental studies major from Chitre, Panama, is the recipient of the 2022 Hurie Award, given to the outstanding member of the senior class. The award was presented during the University’s annual Honors Day ceremony, held Wednesday, May 4, in the Walton Fine Arts Center. University President […]

Dr. Christie Sampson
April 13, 2022 • Posted in , ,

Dr. Sampson Joins Ozarks as Biology Professor

Dr. Christie L. Sampson, whose academic work has focused on the conservation of endangered species and who most recently taught at University of Calgary and Clemson University, has joined the University of the Ozarks faculty as an assistant professor of biology, beginning the Fall 2022 Semester. Sampson is an Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholar at Calgary […]

Vivien Wambugu

Wambugu Named University’s 2021 Tutor of the Year

Recent graduate Vivien Wambugu has been named the University of the Ozarks’ 2021 Tutor of the Year by the University’s academic services program. The outstanding tutor awards were announced in May and given by academic services based on several factors, including evaluations from students receiving tutoring, GPAs, and staff members’ interactions and observations. Academic services […]

Honors Day

Outstanding Students Recognized During Honors Day Ceremony

University of the Ozarks administrators and faculty presented the University’s top academic and division awards during the 64th annual Honors Day ceremony, held Wednesday afternoon via Zoom. Petron Brown, a theatre and environmental studies major from Nassau, The Bahamas, was the recipient of the 2021 Wiley Lin Hurie Memorial Award, presented to the outstanding senior […]


Windel Planning to Make Impact Through Environmental Law

University of the Ozarks senior Maddy Windel is passionate about making a difference in the environment and she believes the best way to do that is through a career in law and policy. The political science and philosophy major and environmental studies minor from Deer, Ark., plans to pursue a career in environmental administrative law […]

Science Center

Construction Begins on Wilson Science Center

Construction began this week on the University of the Ozarks’ new $18.1 million science center, the largest single capital construction project in University history. The Thomas and Frances Wilson Science Center is expected to be completed by next January, in time for the Spring 2022 Semester. The project includes a complete renovation of the current […]