Courtney Thrower


Courtney Thrower of Monticello, a senior political science student at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, presented independent research on international law and state sovereignty at the annual conference of the National Council for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April 3-5 at the University of Kentucky.

The conference provided a forum for research by more than 4,000 undergraduate students from across the United States.

Thrower will receive two degrees when she graduates in May – a bachelor of science in criminal justice and a bachelor of arts in political science. Her research paper, entitled “The Competing Interests of International Law and State Sovereignty: A Legal Conundrum,” looked at ways to resolve competing interests related to military campaigns in the international community. Thrower’s research was done under the supervision of Dr. Carol Strong, associate professor of political science at UAM.

“I couldn’t be more proud of what Courtney has accomplished at UAM,” said Strong. “She has always maintained a high standard because of her work ethic, her enthusiasm for research, and her ability to take constructive criticism. As a first generation college student, she set her goals and worked hard to achieve them, which should serve as an inspiration to others.”

Thrower has been accepted as a Ph.D. candidate in the International Relations Program at the University of Kentucky.