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UNI launches undergraduate scientific research journal

July 30, 2002
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Cliff Chancey, editor, American Journal of Undergraduate Research, (319) 273-2425
James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently launched the 'American Journal of Undergraduate Research,' a refereed journal of the pure and applied sciences. It will be published quarterly.

According to Cliff Chancey, head of UNI's Department of Physics, and the journal's editor, undergraduate science students are increasingly involved in scientific research.

'Our university places a premium on undergraduate field experience,' explained Chancey. 'Twenty or 30 years ago, undergraduate students weren't as often included in research. During the past decade, we've found that faculty members around the world are mentoring more and more undergraduate researchers and including them as authors on their research articles in standard literature.'

According to Chancey, the journal has four purposes: 1) Help undergraduate researchers become better scientists by helping them become better writers and expositors of science; 2) Provide a forum that is broader than a single discipline; 3) Encourage submissions from undergraduates engaged in scientific or technical research wherever they may be in the world; and 4) Offer a review process that provides an assessment of research beyond that provided on individual college campuses.

College faculty across the United States and from several countries formed a network to produce the first issue. The American Journal of Undergraduate Research is on the Web at www.ajur.uni.edu. The June 2002 issue contains instructions for submissions. To subscribe, contact Chancey at c.chancey@uni.edu.