Undergraduate Research Fellows

Academic Year 2017-2018


Dylan Jones

Dylan Jones is from Greers Ferry, Arkansas. He is a senior majoring in Mathematics with a concentration in Data Science and minoring in Economics. His research focuses on government incentives and whether or not Arkansas’s job creation tax credits increase job opportunities throughout the state.




Morgan Burke

Morgan Burke is from Sheridan, Arkansas. She is a junior majoring in biology and minoring in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. After graduating, she hopes to attend a masters program in education. She is researching school choice in Arkansas.




Christopher Talley

Christopher Talley is from Huntsville, Arkansas. He is majoring in Geography and minoring in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. Chris will graduate in the spring of 2018. His research is a case study of Kickstarter as a comparison to other traditional forms of funding. The data he receives will be compared on a national and state level, as a potential alternative to funding methods such as bank loans or credit cards.



Aaron Newell

Aaron Newell is a senior from Vilonia, Arkansas. He is a double major in Economics and Public Administration. After graduation, he intends to obtain a Master’s in Business Administration or Health Administration to pursue a career in Healthcare Management. Aaron’s current research is focused on K-12 school choice in Arkansas, including the effects of charter schools on student performance and delinquency. His research paper “The Effects of Charter Schools on Disciplinary Infractions in Traditional Public Schools: Evidence from Arkansas” has been submitted to Education, Finance and Policy.

Op-ed: How Charter Schools Improve Student Outcomes printed April 30, 2018 in the Log Cabin Democrat.



Academic Year 2016-2017

Ashley Wofford: is from Conway, Arkansas. She graduated from UCA with a Bachelor’s degree in History with double minors in Honor’s Interdisciplinary Studies and English. She hopes to one day attend law school with focus in property law. Her research is over a form of land ownership known as tenancy in common, often referred to as “heir property.” She is using GIS and county courthouse title records to understand the effects of the recently passed Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act in land valuation of heirs’ property as well as gaging the economic consequences of ineffective land management of heirs’ property.

Letter to the Editor: Property and its Heirs printed April 5, 2017 in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Colton Johnson is from Vilonia, Arkansas. He is a University of Central Arkansas graduate with a degree in Economics and a minor in Honor’s Interdisciplinary Studies. After graduating, he moved to Texas with hopes to pursue real estate investing. His research for ACRE was over the effects of public convenience and necessity laws, as well as certificates of need as these laws pertain to “utility” industries. Specifically in Arkansas, he is studying the effects of these laws upon the taxi cab industry.

Hannah James is from Monticello, Arkansas. She graduated UCA with a Finance degree and was member of the Schedler Honors College. Her research interests are in economics and banking. For the 2016–2017 school year, her research focused on agricultural lending by community banks in Arkansas and the effects that the decreasing number of community banks could have on the Arkansas economy. Her research uses qualitative data taken from surveys along with already published material and econometrics. She is now in a PhD program at the University of Mississippi.

Letter to the Editor: Community Banks Thrive in Arkansas printed March 1, 2017 in Pine Bluff’s The Commercial.

Letter to the Editor: Make Data Accessible printed April 15, 2017 in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Issac Sims is from Little Rock, Arkansas. While at UCA he studied geography and economics. His research focused on the concentration of homicides on the north and south side of Interstate 630 in Little Rock, also known as the Wilbur Mills Freeway. The east-to-west corridor is known as a racial and socioeconomic dividing line in the city, and his research focuses on the occurrence of homicides before and after the freeway’s completion in 1985. Isaac plans to obtain a masters in city planning.

Letter to the Editor: Reconnect to the City printed April 4, 2017 in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.