Forensics

The School of Communication houses the UCA Forensics team, which has scholarships available for students majoring or minoring in Communication or Public Relations.  Look for the application under the directory (Forensics) or contact the Director, School of Communication for additional information.

The Forensic tournament schedule for this academic year (2016/2017) is as follows:

Sept. 30-Oct. 2: University of Arkansas at Monticello
Oct. 7-9: Carl Albert State College (Poteau, OK) (tentative, but will probably happen)
Nov. 11-13: LSU-Shreveport
Nov. 18-20: Northwestern State University
Jan. 27-29: Southern Forensics Championship (Univ. of Southern Mississippi)
Feb. 10-12: University of Oklahoma
Feb. 24-26: Arkansas Tech University
Mar. 23-26: IPDA Championship at Arkansas Tech
Apr. 17: Madison Cup at James Madison University (also tentative)

UCA Forensics Scholarship Overview

The University of Central Arkansas Forensics Team offers scholarships to students who plan to study in the field of communication and who have demonstrated excellence in debate, forensics, or competitive speech.

UCA Forensics is a member of the International Public Debate Association (IPDA). IPDA is an extemporaneous form of debate that emphasizes “real world” persuasion skills. While the format is very popular in the mid-South, it is quickly becoming a popular format across the country. The team also competes in tournaments that offer individual events sanctioned by the American Forensics Association. The events include limited preparation speeches, platform speeches, and interpretive events. UCA Forensics has had much success over the last few years. The team won its third Arkansas state overall championship in January 2016. Last season, the team earned third place at the IPDA National Championship and first place in the Team IPDA Championship.

Scholarships are available to incoming first-year students, transfer students, and current UCA undergraduates. To be eligible for a scholarship, a student must:

  • Have demonstrated excellence in debate, forensics, or competitive speech (this may include debate, oratory, interpretative events, legislative simulations, mock trial, or similar events);
  • Upon enrolling at UCA, declare a major or a minor in communication or public relations;
  • Plan to compete as a member of the UCA Forensics Team; and
  • Carry at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA in high school coursework (for current high school students or UCA transfers with less than 24 hours) or at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA in college coursework (for current University students).

To maintain eligibility for the scholarship, students must:

  • Be an active member of UCA Forensics. Active membership includes attending practices and competing in at least four tournaments per semester (with mandatory attendance at tournaments hosted at UCA, regional and national championships, and other tournaments to be determined by the Director of Forensics);
  • Show progress toward a minor or major in communication or public relations by enrolling in at least one course contributing to that minor or major each semester; and
  • Maintain at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA.

To apply, please fill out the attached application. The deadline is April 1 for the fall semeter but we will start considering applications as we receive them. If you have any questions about the application or about UCA Debate and Forensics, please feel free to contact me at amcmullen@uca.edu or (501) 852-0695.

Sincerely,

Anthony L. McMullen, J.D.

Assistant Professor of Business Law

Director of Forensics

 

UCA Debate and Forensics Scholarship Application

 

Name: ______________________________________________________________________________

 

Street Address: _______________________________________________________________________

 

Phone #: _______________________________   Email: _______________________________________

 

Current school/college: ____________________________________________       GPA: ______________

 

Current or Anticipated Major/Minor: _____________________________________________________

(Scholarship recipients must declare a major or minor in communication or public relations.)

 

In which events do you have experience (please provide specific events/styles)?

(     )        Debate: _______________________________________________________________________

(     )        Individual events: _______________________________________________________________

(     )        Legislative simulations (Student Congress, Model UN, etc.):______________________________

(     )        Mock Trial (attorney or witness?): __________________________________________________

(     )        Other competitive speech activity: __________________________________________________

Please include with your application:

  • Two letters of recommendation (one should be from a present or former coach); and
  • A resume (the resume should show the applicant’s history of excellence or potential in debate, oratory, interpretative events, legislative simulations, and/or similar events).

Please submit this application and accompanying materials via email to kfelkins@uca.edu or to the address below. Email submissions are preferred, but please submit all documents in .pdf format. Applications for the Fall Semester are due on April 1, but applicants are encouraged to submit as soon as possible.

School of Communication
University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Avenue
Win Thompson Hall, Room 311
Conway, AR 72035