Undergraduate Research Fellows

Academic Year 2019-2020

 

Erica Smith

Erica Smith is from Vilonia, Arkansas. She is a senior majoring in Economics and is considering a career in the global supply chain after graduation. Her current research is examining the effect of target economic development incentives on factors such as economic growth, poverty, and employment. She is being mentored by Dr. Weici Yuan.

 

Macy Scheck

Macy Scheck is from Grand Junction, Colorado. He is a senior majoring in Economics and minoring German. His research is examining the effect of severance taxes on natural gas production and investment. Dr. Mike Casey is his faculty mentor.

 

Elsa Mattson

Elsa Mattson is from Conway, Arkansas, She is a junior major in Economics, MIS, and Chinese. After graduating she may attend school for an MBA or pursue a career in business. She is currently researching state occupational licensing requirements and the impact such requirements have on choosing a location for a business. Dr. Tom Snyder is her faculty mentor.

 

Zakree Massey

Zak Massey is from Perryville, Arkansas. He is a senior majoring in Economics. His current research is considering whether the scope of practice of nurse practitioners in the state is too limited and contributing to the state’s shortage of medical care. He is being mentored by Dr. David Mitchell.

 

Ryan Jackson

Ryan Jackson is from Pea Ridge, Arkansas. He is a senior and majoring in Economics. After graduating he plans to pursue a business career in Northwest Arkansas. He is currently researching the connection between the licensing burden of nursing home administrators and elder abuse cases. Alex Kanode is his mentor.

 

Tanner Corley

Tanner Corley is from Bismarck, Arkansas. He is a junior with a double major in History and Political Science. After graduating he plans to attend graduate school studying history. His current research concerns the licensing of barbers in Arkansas and the effects that the state licensing board has had on the development of the profession. Dr. Marcus Witcher is his mentor.

 


 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.