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Second edition of MJUR now available

Barry McNamara
Students who worked on the second edition of Monmouth College’s Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research include, from left, Jessica Jones of Mapleton, Kaylin Smith of Bolingrbook, William Terrill of Sandwich, Whitney Wehrle of Lombard and Alex Holt of Evanston. Not pictured is Ian Smith of Victoria.
The second edition of Monmouth College’s Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research (MJUR) is now available in print and online. One of the college’s seven academic initiatives that were announced two years ago, the journal was first released last April.

“Looking over the essays in this volume, I am struck by the wonderful and rich range of topics,” wrote dean David Timmerman in the journal’s introduction. “This range moves from an analysis of the Wallace Stevens poem ‘Esthetique du Mal’ to a study that seeks a way to reduce the danger caused by distracted drivers.”

Monmouth College’s Jacqueline Deskovich, a senior from Rockford, authored the poetical analysis that Timmerman referenced. The title of her piece is “Not at the Centre of a Diamond: How the Paradoxical Relationship Between Reality and Imagination Works in Wallace Stevens’ ‘Esthetique du Mal.’”

Also representing Monmouth in the journal is senior Colleen Zumpf of Frankfort, who wrote “Effects of Triffid on Prunus Americana and Surrounding Rhizosphere.”

Submissions to be one of the journal’s nine articles came from a distinguished array of schools, including nine from the Associated Colleges of the Midwest: Monmouth, Beloit, Carleton, Coe, Knox, Lake Forest, Lawrence, Luther and St. Olaf. Other schools represented were Augustana, the University of Chicago, the University of Minnesota, Rutgers University and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

“I take the central element of great colleges to be the relationship between faculty members and students,” added Timmerman. “When that interaction and the intellectual curiosity and hard work of a student produces work of the quality of the essays in this journal, we have great reason to celebrate.”

Students who worked on the issue were Alex Holt of Evanston, Jessica Jones of Mapleton, Ian Smith of Victoria, Kaylin Smith of Bolingrbook, William Terrill of Sandwich and Whitney Wehrle of Lombard. MC faculty involved in the project were Simon Cordery, Judi Kessler, Kevin Roberts, Hannah Schell and Fred Witzig, and they report that new student editors are being sought for the 2012-13 issue. Applicants should be current sophomores or juniors.

The Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research can be viewed online at