Student Highlights

Vince Shemwell

Vince Shemwell was awarded a 2011 Summer Fellowship to participate in the Young Scholars Program at the Howard and Edna Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College (in Northfield, MN). The award covers lodging and dining expenses for the duration of the (two-month) residence, and includes conducting research and meeting regularly with Kierkegaard scholar Dr. Gordon Marino–as well as studying Danish.

For more details see: Kierkegaard program


Brandon Hamilton

Brandon Hamilton graduated with a BA in philosophy in 2008 and spent 2009-2010 in Calcutta, India as a Fulbright Scholar studying the problem of consciousness and its resolution in Advaita Vedanta, which is an issue he first encountered in Dr. Eshleman’s Eastern Thought class. He plans to apply to PhD programs in philosophy.

Brandon grew up in Garfield, Arkansas, and came to UALR at seventeen. In addition to philosophy, Brandon spent much of his time studying Tabla, an Indian percussion instrument.

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Stephanie Hinojosa

Stephanie graduated in 2009 and received a Future Visions Global Grant sponsored by Rotary International. This $30,000 award will enable Stephanie to pursue an MA in Applied Ethics at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.

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Amy Brawner-Bishop

Amy is currenlty pursuing a Masters in Early Childhood Education at UALR, finding that philosophy comes naturally to children who never hesitate to ask “why?” or “why not?” On a recent trip to the Netherlands, she made a pilgrimage to Anne Frank’s hideaway. Amy graduated in 2008 with a major in Philosophy and a minor in Religious Studies.


Molly Peters-Stanley

Molly is currently a student at the Heinz School for Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). She graduated in Liberal Arts with a focus on urban studies and federal taxation policy. While in Little Rock, she served as Arkansas’ representative to the Southern Energy Alliance and conducted policy research for Metroplan Council of Governments.


Clint Lancaster

Clint Lancaster graduated in 2008 with a degree in philosophy. After UALR, he matriculated to the Bowen School of Law where he quickly rose to the top of his class. In addition to apprenticing for the Bowen Law Review (a student-edited law journal), Clint interned at Wright, Lindsey, & Jennings L.L.P. and is currently an intern at Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates, & Woodyard, P.L.L.C.

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Josh Ogle

Josh recently delivered a paper at Henderson.
If you would like to see the abstract: Abstract.pdf

Michael Jolley

Religious Studies minor Michael Jolley is among 11 students in the United States and Canada who have been awarded the Google Lime Scholarship for students with disabilities. Michael will receive a $10,000 scholarship for the 2010–11 academic year and has been invited to attend an all-expenses-paid retreat at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA in 2011. Scholarships were awarded based on the strength of candidates’ academic background, leadership and passion for computer science. For more information about Lime and this scholarship, go to: