A research paper by a University of Arkansas at Monticello student investigating a crucial Civil War battle in Arkansas was named Best Paper on Arkansas History at the Arkansas Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta national history honor society held recently in Searcy.

Roy P. Wisecarver, III, a senior history major from Crossett, authored the award winning paper, entitled “A Perfect Hurricane of Shot and Shell: The Battle of Arkansas Post.”

Wisecarver was one of four UAM students who presented original research papers at the conference, which drew both undergraduate and graduate students from Harding University, the University of Central Arkansas, and Arkansas Tech.

Other students representing UAM were history majors Daniel Degges of Crossett, Hilary Hatley of Monticello, and Jason Higgins of Star City.

Degges presented a paper entitled “The Mexican Association: The Secret Society behind the Aaron Burr Conspiracy.”  Hatley presented a paper entitled “The Planter Elite and Yeomen Farmers in Drew County, Arkansas.”  Higgins presented an essay entitled “Overcoming Vietnam: An Oral History of American Survivors of the Second Indo-China War.”

Phi Alpha Theta was founded at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1921. Members must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and earn at least 12 credit hours in history. UAM’s Alpha Nu Zeta chapter has received the Best Chapter Award for four consecutive years for institutions with enrollments between 3,000 and 6,000.