Undergraduate Research Fellows

Academic Year 2018-2019

 

Morgan Burke

Morgan Burke is from Sheridan, Arkansas. She is a senior majoring in biology and minoring in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. After graduating, she hopes to attend a masters program in education. This is her second year as a research fellow for ACRE. In her first year, she researched school choice in Arkansas. Currently, she is focused on examining the relationship between administration spending and student outcomes in Arkansas.

 

 

Dango Kumwenda

Dango is from Malawi. He graduated from UCA in 2017 with a BBA degree in economics. He is currently pursuing an MBA degree at UCA. His current research is focused on the effects of minimum wage.

 

 

 

Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore is from Greenwood, Arkansas. He is a senior majoring in economics and minoring in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. His research examines the effects of occupational licensing laws on economic recovery.

 


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.