Student Research & Travel

The UCA Department of Geography supports student participation in research and field studies. These experiences are important components of preparing students for the practice of Geographic techniques after graduation. In the future, this page will provide information about current research projects, upcoming or potential opportunities, and requests for travel funding from the Department.

Current Research Projects

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Research Opportunities
Dardanelle Dam Tourism Feasibility Study

The City of Dardanelle is investigating the potential of building a new Arkansas River crossing for bikes and pedestrians between Russellville and Dardanelle. Dr. O’Connell will lead a group investigating the current status of recreation participation in the area and the impacts the proposed project may have on the city and the park. This mirrors a study done for Morrilton last fall. A 10-hour per week student research position is included in this project, pending final approval of the budget. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact Dr. O’Connell.

Upcoming Conferences
  • American Association of Geographers Annual ConferenceDenver, Colorado: April 6-10, 2020. Registration ongoing; price increases on 11/20/19 and 1/31/20; paper registration ends 11/20/19; poster registration end 1/31/19. More Info.
  • American Association of Geographers Southwest Regional ConferenceNorman, Oklahoma: Fall 2020. Exact dates and registration information to be announced. More Info.
Request for Travel Support

Students interested in traveling to an off-campus academic conference should submit the information requested in the following form. All fields are required. In the absence of an existing formal abstract, students should use the Abstract field to summarize their project; this does not need to be the abstract submitted when officially registering for a conference, but should have the approval of your faculty advisor or research supervisor. Projects may be related to work on a formal faculty research agenda or a project generated as part of normal coursework. Estimated travel costs should be itemized to the degree possible. Submission of a request does not guarantee funding for travel.

The following form requires a email address for access. If you have trouble accessing the form on this page, please use this direct link. If you cannot access either version, contact Dr. O’Connell at