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A&M plans publication of undergrad research journal

March 27, 1997

A&M plans publication of undergrad research journal

By Allison Curlin

Lariat Reporter

Texas A&M University recently announced plans to publish a biannual undergraduate research journal, one of the first of its kind in the nation, beginning in May.

The Undergraduate Journal of Science, which will contain four to seven book reviews, letters and research papers per publication, will give students the advantage of being published researchers before they begin their graduate or professional careers.

'The journal is explicitly designed to involve as many students as possible in scholarship and the sciences,' Jason Moore, editor-in-chief of the journal, said in a press release.

'The scope is broad--physical, biological, social and behavioral sciences and engineering. The kinds of papers we publish are very diverse.'

Elizabeth Vardaman, associate director of the Baylor Honors Program, said the University has also considered beginning a journal focusing on undergraduate research. She said it would be a good way for students to learn more about the research process and also for alumni to see the work of undergraduates.

'I'd love to see something like this campus-wide,' Vardaman said.

Some University students are already heavily involved in research. In April, for the first time, four students will represent Baylor at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Texas in Austin. Robert Chaney, a Scottsdale, Ariz., junior; Marie Rebane, a junior from Tallinn Ee0012; Bill McCracken, a Bethany, Okla., senior; and Bernie Smith, a Waco senior, will present their papers on various subjects, and these papers will be published in the catalog of proceedings for the conference.

Rebane said she thinks an undergraduate research journal would be a great addition to the University because it would encourage more students to do research. She said many students would submit to a journal because honors students must complete a thesis to graduate, and students in other departments also complete research papers.

The fact that other students, faculty and alumni would read the journal 'makes you eager to do your best,' Rebane said.

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