Journal offers undergrad research opportunities

By: Jess Larkin ~Copy Editor~

The College of Arts and Sciences presented an opportunity for undergraduate students to have their research published. The Xavier University Journal of Undergraduate Research (XJUR) is an online-based research journal that allows undergraduate students the rare opportunity to exhibit first-rate research in varying disciplines.

The journal gives students the chance to showcase and publish their work prior to graduation. The research that is collected and published by the journal is noted as work that exemplifies the values that Xavier is built upon. This research provides a better understanding of the world, humanity and God and provokes thoughtful consideration upon issues that Xavier students most ardently reflect on in the Core curriculum and the course requirements of individual departments.

Though the journal is primarily linked with the arts and sciences, students from any major may submit their work for consideration. Students may submit either research and/or creative works for deliberation for the journal’s publication.

The journal is currently looking for members of the 2015 editorial board. First semester seniors and juniors are eligible to apply. No prior editorial experience is required to be on the board. Students may apply by Feb. 13.

Dr. Mack Mariani and Dr. Lisa Ottum are holding two info sessions for students interested in the journal at 3 p.m. on Feb. 3 in Gallagher Student Center (GSC) 330, and at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in GSC 251. Any other questions about the board or the journal should be sent to

“One thing I’d like to stress is that XJUR isn’t a ‘science’ thing, nor is it a ‘humanities’ thing,” Ottum said. “Students from all majors should consider applying for EB and/or submitting their work. It’s not a ‘seniors’ thing, either: interested sophomores and juniors should check this opportunity out, too.”

The deadline for submitting research or creative work is April 24. Students may submit their work online at Research papers should be at least 20 to 30 pages in length and in MLA format Students that desire to submit creative work (art, music, photography, etc.) should include a written statement about the piece and its significance.