IJURCA Launches Special Issue of Award-Winning Undergraduate Humanities Research

The editors-in-chief of IJURCA: The International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities are pleased to announce the publication of two web issues, featuring original scholarship developed by undergraduates from across the globe. The journal is a collaborative venture between editors Mattias Olshausen of Central Washington University and Pacific University faculty members Gyorgyi Nyerges and Elizabeth E. Tavares.

The latest issue, Volume 10 (2018), comprises six articles from a range of disciplines and affiliations, including Grinnell College, Longwood University, Missouri State University, Oklahoma State University, Pacific University, Stetson University, and the University of Northern Iowa. Topics range the disciplines, including

  • teaching writing to elementary students with learning disabilities,
  • the effects of cycling on the lungs,
  • public policy for the Millennial generation,
  • how to improve the liberal arts college experience for first-generation, low-income students,
  • among others.

The volume also features a special issue highlighting three award-winning papers selected from a total of 56 submissions to the third annual Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities (NUCH) at North Idaho College, held Nov. 3, 2018, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Co-edited by Nikole King (North Idaho College) and Elizabeth E. Tavares (Pacific University), the issue features two articles of literary scholarship focused on LGBTQIA+ issues in the disparate contexts of female community in Zimbabwe and the U.S. Christian-identifying university. The issue also features an original work of fiction considering the boundaries between artist and subject.

Set to celebrate a decade of publishing unique interventions by undergraduates and their faculty mentors next year, IJURCA is undergoing a substantial redesign of both its external platform as well as its internal infrastructure. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Keck Foundation, these revisions are funded by Pacific’s School of Arts & Humanities’s Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Inquiry (URSCI) 2018-2019 leadership team. URSCI is a three-year series of workshops, programming, and other initiatives to facilitate the high-impact practice of undergraduate research and scholarly mentoring across Arts and Humanities disciplines.

Pacific University is proud to be an institutional member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).

Mar. 11, 2019