Inaugural Seattle University Undergraduate Research Journal

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
June 1, 2017

The Seattle University Undergraduate Research Journal (SUURJ) made its debut on May 12, 2017. As noted in the inaugural letter from the editors, Molly Clark Hillard, PhD; Emma Foster; Jane Kidder; and Hannah Rips, “What you are reading is the result of over a year of dreaming, planning, and hard work. SUURJ is the joint effort of collaborators and friends—students, faculty, and administration— across the university. For this reason, it has many origin stories, many points of embarkation.”

A joint project of the College of Arts and Sciences, the English Department, the Office of Sponsored Research Programs, and the office of the Provost, SUURJ is an online journal published annually, in May of each year.

“I congratulate everyone who participated in this remarkable achievement,” said David Powers, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “I am very proud of our students and faculty. In addition to demonstrating our commitment to excellence in research and writing, SUURJ allows students learn critical skills in online publishing.”

SUURJ was developed to highlight the research achievements of Seattle University undergraduate students through a peer-reviewed online publication. It is also designed to provide an editorial apprenticeship experience for students through a credit-bearing program that trains students to share stewardship of the journal.

Editors will take one 5-credit pedagogy class in fall to train them in the skills needed to form and edit an interdisciplinary journal. They will take part in the selection of essays and projects for that year’s issue. In winter, they will apply to take a 2-credit practicum class in which they edit the selected manuscripts, together with faculty content and style reviewers. In spring, they will take a 3-credit practicum class in which they design, publish, and market the online issue of the journal.

Contributors will undergo a content and style editorial process during winter of each year. During this term, they will meet, preferably in person, with two members of our team. The first meeting is with a faculty peer reviewer to strengthen the content areas of their manuscript. The second meeting is with a student editor to strengthen the style areas of the project.

Read the first issue here.

Learn more about the Seattle University Undergraduate Research Journal

About the journal

Anatomy of the journal

Submission guidelines