College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Student Research Symposium

College of Liberal Arts (CLA) faculty and students are invited to submit proposals for panels and papers for the 6th Annual College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Student Research Symposium in the Student Center on Thursday, April 19, 2018, 8:00am – 4:00pm.  The symposium will be followed by a reception (4:00pm – 5:00pm) and guest speaker (5:00pm – 6:30pm) in Student Center room #223/224.

Proposals for paper presentations should include an approximately 250-word abstract briefly describing the student’s original research project.  Students may propose research papers that they have written in prior or current courses at UCA or elsewhere related to topics in the liberal arts, humanities, or social sciences.  In proposals submitted by undergraduate and graduate students, the name of a faculty member who will serve as the “advisor” or “mentor” for the research project should be included.

Undergraduate and graduate students submitting proposals should select a preferred time for their presentations in the UCA Student Center on Thursday, April 19th.  If a group of three to four students  have completed research projects on a similar theme, their papers may be submitted as a panel proposal.  This means that those students will present their papers together in one panel.  While students are required to individually submit proposals pertaining to their own research papers, separate proposals for panels should be submitted by faculty members.


Please select the appropriate link below for proposal submissions.

Student Submission Form (paper presentation proposals)

Faculty Submission Form (panel proposals)

Submission Deadline:  Proposals for research paper presentations, including abstracts, are due by Thursday, April 5, 2018.

2018 Symposium Program (Schedule of Panels and Abstracts)

Best Paper Awards:  Moderators (faculty members) may nominate research papers to be presented by students during the symposium for Best Paper Awards – one $100 award for 1st place paper and two $50 awards for runner-up papers.  The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 6th.  Nominations, including a copy of the research paper, should be emailed to Dr. Peter J. Mehl at  Decisions regarding the awards will be made by the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) EDGE Committee prior to the symposium.

Reception and Speaker:  Dr. George Sabo III, Director of the Arkansas Archeological Survey and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas, will talk on the topic, “Carden Bottoms: Indigenous Responses to Early Europeans in Arkansas” at 5:00pm.  All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend a reception for the speaker from 4:00pm to 5:00pm in Student Center #223/224.  The talk will follow the reception in the same room.


Program Co-Chairs:
Dr. Sonya Fritz, Department of English,
Dr. Kristin Okoli, Department of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, and Cultures,

Symposium Coordinators:
Dr. Duncan McKinnon, Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology,
Dr. Michael Kithinji, Department of History,