Thursday, May 3, 2012

Extry!  Extry!  Read all about it!  The URJ 2012 and other campus journals will be available to the general public on Friday, May 4, in IUSB's Schurz Library  near the Circulation Desk.  Come get your copy, or two!

Friday, April 20, 2012

A preview of the URJ

Here it is, a preview of the cover you will see on the 2012 edition of IUSB's Undergraduate Research Journal!  Copies of the URJ will be readily available by the end of April and will be displayed for easy pick-up at various locations around campus.  Take a look, you just might see the name of someone you know inside!

Just as the name indicates, this entire project was brought to fruition by our team of student-authors and student-editors.  The editors-in-chief are very proud of this manifestation of our peers' hard work.  Congratulations to all!

You can read more about the URJ in IUSB's campus newspaper, The Preface, as well other student-run campus publications and IUSB's annual Undergraduate Research Conference.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Congratulations, Regrets, and Future Directions

To those who submitted:
Thank you for your patience during our review process. You will receive email notices today on whether or not your submissions will be included in this year's journal. We have spent the last few weeks reviewing your papers, and, during this time, we have learned so much and have enjoyed reading each one. The process of determining finally which articles to include in this year's journal was not easy. Even in the papers we chose not to publish, we saw a lot of potential, and we encourage all of you to continue sharing and pursuing your projects and interests through the other research opportunities available to you on campus (please see below).

To the authors of our accepted submissions, congratulations! We look forward to working with you. We hope the rest of you will continue to use the URJ as a resource in your research endeavors. Please feel free to email us ( for information or guidance on the research opportunities listed below or on other research-related campus activities.

Thank you again for your interest in the URJ.

the Editors-in-Chief

  • The Undergraduate Research Conference is April 13. Abstract submissions are due March 30. Contact Prof. David Blouin,
  • The SMART Program at IUSB provides research travel grants, summer research fellowships, etc. See
  • Student Publications are now hiring editors for the 2012-2013 school year. Here is the ad:
Now Hiring Editors for 2012-13 Student Publications:

New Views on Gender, Analecta, Undergraduate Research Journal, History Journal

The Publications Board is now accepting applications for the position of Editor for each of our student journals: New Views on Gender, Analecta, the Undergraduate Research Journal, and the History Journal. Duties include: advertising for submissions, reading and deciding on submitted work to be included in the issue, finding and working with an artist on the cover and design, creating a file of the final issue to send to the publisher, working with the publisher to make sure the journal is available in April, etc. This is a paid position.

Deadline to apply: Monday April 2, 2012

To apply, please submit a formal letter of application that describes your interest and experience. Email the letter to the faculty advisor of the appropriate journal:

For New Views on Gender, please contact Prof. Christina Gerken at:
For Analecta, please contact Prof. Clayton Michaels at:
              For the Undergraduate Research Journal, please contact Prof. Tom Clark at:
                      For the History Journal, please contact Prof. Yosuke Nirei at:

Friday, February 3, 2012

Submission Deadline: Hours to Go!

Are you making a mad dash trying to organize your entry for the URJ 2012?  Relax, the hard part is over; you already wrote the research paper!

IUSB students can find all Submission Guidelines, general instructions, common FAQs, and the "fillable" Faculty-Instructor Checklist on the school's electronic bulletin board.  It was delivered to your IUSB-based e-mail account on Monday, January 30 and on Wednesday, February 1, and are "downloadable" from that site, in addition to the instructions for downloading the Faculty-Instructor Checklist from GoogleDocs in a previous post (below).  You can also view the Submission Guideline and FAQs in previous posts here and as documents on our Facebook page.

It is the student-author's responsibility to organize his/her entire submission in accordance with these requirements and to deliver it, with the completed Faculty-Instructor Checklist, to by 11:59pm tonight, Friday, February 3.

We look forward to reading your submissions!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

URJ Submission Deadline is Feb. 3

The deadline for all authored submissions is 11:59 p.m. of Friday, February 3, 2012. Early submissions will be happily accepted.

Want to enter your research paper?  Here is what you need to know:

Submission Requirements:
  • Double-spaced Microsoft Word document using 12-point, Times New Roman font and 1-inch margins on all sides.
  • Numbered pages, but author's name not to be displayed on each page.
  • Written text is 4-15 pages in length, excluding the cover sheet and works cited/bibliography page(s).
  • Contains only the most relevant graphics and photos (highest quality and resolution available), each properly cited.
  • For aspects of formatting & citations not otherwise specified, the paper uses a style that is appropriate to the author's discipline (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).  The aim is to honor the standards of writing already established within each field.
  • Include a cover sheet with the title, author’s name(s), at least two contacts for each author (an IUSB e-mail address and a phone number), and a brief abstract of no more than 200 words.  This cover sheet will be used in lieu of a title page despite the conventions of your particular formatting style.   
  • Include a properly formatted bibliography or Works Cited page with a suggested minimum of three sources.  Please note:  as a multidisciplinary journal, the URJ recognizes that the nature of engaging in research may differ amongst various academic fields.  This is why we suggest a minimum of  three sources.  (You may e-mail for any clarification.)
  • Include a Faculty-Instructor Checklist that has been completed by a faculty person or instructor in the field of study from which your paper originates. Copy and paste the following link into your browser to download a copy of the Faculty-Instructor Checklist: <>. For the fillable version of the pdf checklist, you will need to click "File" and select "Download Original."
How/Where to Submit:
All submissions will be electronic, with the fewest attachments possible (i.e., one Word document and one .pdf checklist) in one e-mail, sent to
It is the author’s responsibility to prepare and organize her/his official entry to the URJ. The submission deadline is Friday, February 3, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. You may submit your research at any time before the deadline, and are encouraged to do so.

Submission Guidelines:
The URJ aims to publish the best of undergraduate research writing in every volume. We have the distinct pleasure of granting students the opportunity to express their ideas to a broader academic audience. It is expected that submissions convey the subject matter clearly and use terminology which would not alienate the intended audience. The editors expect to find substance, clarity, and cohesiveness in submissions. We ask ourselves if the paper poses a research question that is investigated with solid evidence and coherent argumentation. The author is expected to arrive at valid conclusions given the data and evidence presented by exhibiting the following attributes of high-caliber research writing, and will be evaluated according these criteria:
  • Innovative Contribution or Interpretation – the extent to which the submission contains original research or novel ideas which engage with and/or contribute to others’ research.
  • Rich Content– bringing forth various techniques, results, research data, or publishable findings within the article presented cohesively and referenced as appropriate.
  • Topical Fluency– the author exhibits not only knowledge of the material facts or theories, but also the ability to engage in a salient discussion of the issues with the reading audience.

Our publication is committed to highlighting quality research and praising our colleagues for their academic success.  The final published journal will be written, compiled, and edited by undergrads, and will showcase the exemplary scholarship of IUSB’s student body.

Thank you for supporting and contributing to
IU South Bend’s Undergraduate Research Journal 2012.