College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Student Research Symposium

Undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Central Arkansas (as well as other colleges and universities in the state of Arkansas) are invited to submit proposals to present their research papers during the 6th Annual College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Student Research Symposium at UCA on Thursday, April 19, 2018.  The symposium will take place in the UCA Student Center between 8:00am and 4:00pm.  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.


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,