First Issue Due in April
By Edwin L. Aguirre
Undergraduate students involved in research will now have a place to publish their papers.
The UMass Lowell Journal of Undergraduate Research (UMLJUR), published through the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, will accept abridged journal-format papers on studies the students conducted on campus, such as senior research, directed studies, capstone projects and summer research. These papers will be peer-reviewed by student-editors and faculty members. Accepted papers will be published online biannually, and select papers will be printed annually as hard copy.
“This publication is a great opportunity for students to showcase their work and to gain experience with the peer-reviewed journal process,” says Vice Provost for Research Julie Chen. The planned launch date for the printed issue is April 23.
The journal is founded by biology seniors Robert DeMatteo and Denis Jakuj and biology alum Daniel Warden, who will also serve as chief editors. Other editors include biology junior Nathan Manalo and biology seniors Raymond Lam and Brian Gablaski.
“The UMLJUR is the first journal of its kind in the UMass system that incorporates all fields of research,” says DeMatteo. “We feel that there isn’t enough awareness as to the quantity, quality and diversity of research being conducted at the undergraduate level, and we hope this publication will change that.”
He says to date, 24 departments representing all five colleges within the University are participating.
“Research is an exciting and rewarding experience as an undergraduate and we hope this publication will encourage more students to become involved,” says DeMatteo.