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Research journal launched

Barry McNamara
The inaugural issue of MJUR will be released April 19.
One year after it was announced as one of Monmouth College’s seven new academic initiatives, the inaugural issue of the Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research has been published. Its distribution date of April 19 will coincide with Scholars’ Day activities on campus.

Originally conceived as an outlet exclusively for Monmouth College students, the decision was made early on to open the journal to include the research of undergraduate students from all member institutions of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM).

“It is our hope that this journal will inspire further research and promote scholarly communication and collaboration among undergraduates in the Midwest,” said English lecturer Kevin Roberts, a member of the journal’s faculty adviser board.

During the fall semester, MC students Geoff Bird, Hope Grebner, Alex Holt, Ben Peterson, Anthony St. Clair and Wesley Teal were interviewed and hired as student editors to pioneer the journal’s founding. During this process, a name was chosen, guidelines for submissions were created and a call for papers was sent out in January to the deans of all ACM schools.

Roberts said the student editors have been impressed “by both the quantity and quality of submissions received.” The journal received 26 submissions from 12 ACM institutions, encompassing such disciplines as classics, history, political science, philosophy, literature, mathematics, computer science, film studies, education, psychology and gender studies.

“The student editors were charged with the very difficult decision of choosing submissions that presented not only compelling arguments and well-written prose, but also demonstrated the substantial ability of Midwest undergraduates to gather and communicate their research findings,” said Roberts.

Seven articles that the editors believed best exemplified the journal’s goals were selected to comprise the first issue. Some of the articles highlight the most challenging issues facing society, both today and in the past.

“You will read about one of the greatest rulers of the ancient world and better understand his political and social relevance,” said Roberts. “You will examine the Midwestern impact of two national political policies. You will be exposed to articles on how selected aspects of American culture have become driving forces in American politics. Finally, you will examine identity formation and its effects on societies around the world.”

The Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research will be available in print and also online at