A research paper by a University of Arkansas at Monticello student recounting the experiences of Ashley County residents during the Civil War was named Best Undergraduate Essay at the Arkansas Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta national history honor society held recently in Conway.

Roy P. Wisecarver, III, a junior history and English major from Crossett, authored the award winning paper, entitled “Through Hell to Hopelessness: Ashley County, Arkansas in the Civil War.” Wisecarver was one of five UAM students who presented original research papers at the conference, which drew both undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Henderson State, Harding University, UCA, UALR, and Arkansas Tech.

Other students representing UAM were history majors Rebecca Vaught of Lake Village, Jason Higgins and Quinton Morgan of Monticello, and Daniel Degges of Crossett.
Higgins presented an essay entitled “Through the Eyes of a Marine: The War Experiences of Leslie Wayne Hopper.” Morgan gave a presentation entitled “Cultural and Ideological Exchange over the Silk Road.” Vaught, UAM’s Phi Alpha Theta chapter president, presented her research project entitled “Robert Johnson: King/Faust of the Delta Blues.”  Degges presented a paper entitled “The Architect of the Aaron Burr Conspiracy: General James Wilkinson’s Treasonous Designs.”

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.