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A journal for undergraduates, by undergraduates

February 26, 2014
By Marissa Isgreen

Showcase outstanding undergraduate work. Connect the worldwide community of college undergraduates. Publish a professional peer-reviewed journal. That is the mission of the Journal for Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence at Colorado State University.

The Journal for Undergraduate Research and Scholarly ExcellenceA global, peer-reviewed journal

The Journal for Undergraduate Research, or JUR, is entirely produced by undergraduate students, and features research, creative writing, and art. Now in its fourth volume, the Journal is almost 100 pages long and includes a diverse collection of entries from undergraduate students at CSU, across the U.S. and around the world.

In addition to providing a platform for students to be published, JUR also teaches students about the publication process from start to finish through internships as editors, operations associates or as “referees” who review submissions. Publication in JUR is also a great way for CSU Honors students to showcase their senior thesis.

The Journal is reviewed by undergraduates, graduates and professional referees to ensure each submission is of high quality. Increasing its international collaboration and reach, JUR also has affiliate and satellite editors in four countries outside the U.S., including India, Australia, Mexico and China. JUR is registered with the Library of Congress, and is supported by CSU’s Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry in The Institute for Learning and Teaching.

Student leadership

The Journal is under the leadership of Editor-in-chief Deanna Cox, a junior in CSU’s  Warner College of Natural Resources double majoring in natural resource management and journalism and technical communication. She began working at JUR in 2012 as an associate editor and became Editor-in-chief in May 2013.

“I initially came to JUR to blend my love of science and research with my passion for writing and editing, but I stayed because of the remarkable people that work here,” Cox said.

As Editor-in-chief, Cox manages the publication process from start to finish and has a wide range of responsibilities. She oversees a staff of national and international editors as well as operations staff committed to marketing, advertising, design and social media. Producing the Journal is a collaborative, team-based effort that Cox describes as “a group project students actually want to be a part of.”

Another Warner College student at JUR is Associate Editor Thomas Luckie, who joined the Journal in August 2013 because he has always been passionate about communication and sharing ideas. As part of the editorial team, Luckie guides authors through the review process to ensure their submissions are the best they can be. He also makes edits to articles, accepts or denies submissions and contacts referees to review submissions.

As a senior geology major, Luckie is able to tap into his natural resource studies to provide research paper review expertise in areas such as natural resources, natural sciences and math.

Validation and experience

Students don’t always get the opportunity to be published in a peer-reviewed journal as undergraduates. So, having a journal dedicated to them provides valuable exposure and validates their research while highlighting students’ critical thinking, creativity and professionalism.

“A publication on a resume will make a student standout among other applicants when applying for jobs or graduate school,” Luckie said. “The fact that this work has all been done by undergraduates, not only the articles but also the publication, is astounding.”

Get involved

JUR has a variety of opportunities for students, faculty, and alumni to get involved.

Undergraduate students interested in having their work published are encouraged to submit their original work to JUR using the online submission form.

Graduate students, faculty and alumni are also able to get involved by volunteering as potential referees. For more information on how to volunteer, visit:

For any other questions, email Deanna Cox at