UAPB Theatre student wins Carver Internship


Samille Palm, a junior theatre student at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, has been chosen for the George Washington Carver Research Program and will be studying this summer at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

The Carver 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 U of A.

Running May 19 through July 12, interns will work 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.

“This is the beginning of a new journey in my career,” Palm said. “I am very excited and honored and will endeavor to do my best. I truly want to bring honor to UAPB Theatre.”

UAPB Director of Theatre Cheryl Collins said she is proud of Palm.

“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.”

Palm, a Dallas native, was also nominated for the 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 does excellent work in the light booth.