The editorial team of the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal has announced that at noon on April 30, the VURJ will go live with its first issue in six years after nearly two years of planning and preparation. The journal functions as a valuable platform to publish articles demonstrating the wide array of research being done by Vanderbilt students as part of either their undergraduate progress or as the final, culminating piece of their Immersion Vanderbilt plan.
Offered online as an e-journal, the new issue of the VURJ features 11 articles highlighting research from several disciplines and areas of campus: the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, political sciences and education, with many papers combining methods of study from different fields. Articles were peer-reviewed and edited by a team of 57 undergraduates who were supervised, trained and mentored by 20 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. The articles were then copy-edited and put into layout design by six undergraduates.
The VURJ worked closely with the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries, Dr. Ruth Kleinpell in the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Director of the Office of Immersion Resources Carolyn Floyd and The Writing Studio. The VURJ editorial team will open the submission cycle again in fall 2021.