Thomas awarded UALR research grant

Friday, November 9, 2018

Rhonda L. Thomas of Berryville was recently awarded a Mentored Signature Experience Research Grant from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The grant is designed to inspire UALR undergraduate students to conduct research and design creative projects that will enrich their academic experience, Thomas’ research project will span the 2018-19 academic year under the tutelage of Dr. Heidi Skurat Harris, Department of Rhetoric and Writing, College of Social Sciences and Communication.

Thomas’ project, Alexander’s Stray Mare: Tracing an Ancestor from Georgia to Pre-territorial Arkansas, traces Thomas' fourth great-grandfather, Alexander Standridge, as a case study to gain insights into motivating factors behind individuals migrating from the trans-Appalachian west to the region of Arkansas territory that became Carroll County.

During the course of the project, Thomas will attend several national conferences, conduct research at the Arkansas State Archives, and create an online digital narrative of her experience and Standridge’s journey. Thomas hopes the results of the research, as well as meta-narrative about the research process, will result in a book when she enters UALR’s graduate program.

Thomas, currently a senior undergraduate majoring in professional and technical writing and minoring in history, will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in 2019.

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