Involve Students

Student participation in the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas

The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas would like to involve college and university students in the creation of the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas. This is an unprecedented opportunity for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students to gain experience in publishing, research, and Arkansas history while contributing to one of the largest and most comprehensive academic projects our state has undertaken.

Students can participate in the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas in five possible ways:

1. Adapting research papers into CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas entries.

Under faculty supervision, students may submit the subjects of their research as possible CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas entries. Supervising faculty must first submit students’ topics to the Editor for approval. If accepted as a potential author of that entry, the student will follow the same editorial procedures as all CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas authors, including editorial review, requests to rewrite, fact checking, and final approval of the text. Students will be credited as the authors of their work in all versions of the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas.

Faculty members interested in having their students adapt research papers into CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas entries are encouraged to contact Guy Lancaster, Editor, as soon as possible since many topics have already been assigned: glancaster@cals.org / (501) 320-5753.

2. Independent studies in fact checking.

Independent studies in fact checking for the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas will be supervised by the appropriate faculty member as part of standard coursework. Students will be asked to research and verify the accuracy of entries following project guidelines and will be credited for their work in all versions of the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Independent studies in fact checking are unpaid. The number of students allowed to take the course is at the discretion of the faculty member.

Faculty interested in offering an independent study in fact checking should contact Guy Lancaster, Editor, as soon as possible since many topics have already been assigned: glancaster@cals.org / (501) 320-5753.

3. Independent studies in writing.

Independent studies in writing for the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas will be supervised by the appropriate faculty member as part of standard coursework. Students will be asked to write entries on topics agreed upon by the Editor, faculty member, and student. Students’ entries will be subjected to the same editorial procedures as all other CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas entries, including editorial review, requests to rewrite, fact checking, and final approval of the text. Students will be credited as the authors of their work in all versions of the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Independent studies in writing are unpaid. The number of students allowed to take the course is at the discretion of the faculty member.

Faculty interested in offering an independent study in writing should contact Guy Lancaster, Editor, as soon as possible since many topics have already been assigned: glancaster@cals.org / (501) 320-5753.

4. Internships with the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas (two available per semester).

Interns will work closely with the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas’s staff historian and senior editor on the editorial and organizational work of the project (eight hours/week). Among their duties will be historical research, writing and editing entries, and office work.

Internships are the most “hands on” way for students to be involved in the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas, and interns will need to come into the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas offices in Little Rock on a regular basis.

Click here to print the current internship application.

Click here to print a flyer to post.

5. Volunteering for the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas apart from coursework.

The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas has numerous opportunities for volunteers, including fact checking, writing, digitizing documents, office work, and publicity. Students are welcome to volunteer their time on their own, outside the academic setting. For office work and some other volunteer activities, they will need to come into the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas offices in Little Rock. Fact checking, writing, and digitizing can be done off site. All volunteers will be listed and thanked in the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas.

We hope you will agree that the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is not only a valuable resource for our state, but also a wonderful opportunity for college and university students in Arkansas to gain experience and contacts in their fields of study.

For more information, please contact:

Guy Lancaster, Editor
glancaster@cals.org
(501) 320-5753