Trae Wisecarver, Micah Perry, Reva Humphries, Jason Higgins, and Daniel Degges.

Five University of Arkansas at Monticello students recently braved a late spring snowstorm to present their original research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, held at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. 

The UAM students who attended were Daniel Degges of Hamburg, a junior majoring in history and political science; Jason Higgins of Monticello, a senior majoring in English and history; Micah Perry of Little Rock, a junior political science and modern languages major; Reva Humphries of DeWitt, a junior majoring in political science and criminal Justice; and Trae Wisecarver of Crossett, a senior history major.

The students were accompanied by faculty members Dr. Carol Strong, associate professor of political science, and Dr. Clinton Young, assistant professor of history.

Degges presented a paper entitled “America’s Failed Revolution: A Secret Society’s Involvement in the Aaron Burr Conspiracy.” Higgins gave a talk entitled “Overcoming Vietnam: An Oral History of American Survivors of the Second Indo-China War.” Humphries presented research called “The Silent Screams of a Forbidden Trade: A Theoretical Exploration of the Power (or Lack Thereof) in the Sex Trade.” Perry presented research examining “The Double Edged Sword of Recognizing Emergent Parties Internationally: Oppositional Binaries in American Foreign Policy.” Wisecarver presented a paper entitled “The Battle of Arkansas Post: A Case Study on the Importance of the Trans-Mississippi Theatre in the American Civil War.”

In addition to presenting their research, the UAM students had the chance to meet with graduate school faculty and administrators as well as discuss opportunities for publishing their work. They also attended an international banquet featuring food and entertainment from around the world.

“I’m quite proud of all our students,” said Young. “They all gave well-received presentations. Their acceptance to present at NCUR is proof that the best UAM students are the equals of the best undergraduates at anyuniversity in the country.”

NCUR showcases undergraduate research. Of the 3,431 students who applied to attend NCUR, 2,000 students representing 300 universities were selected to present their research. The conference includes sessions from a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, including social sciences, humanities, the sciences and mathematics, business, engineering, and the arts. NCUR was founded in 1987 to celebrate and promote undergraduate achievement and to help improve undergraduate education.