Spring 2013 deadlines for The Honors Undergraduate Journal near
The deadline to submit to The Honors Undergraduate Research Journal for its spring 2013 publication is approaching.
THURJ’s submission deadline is Friday, Feb. 1. Accepted submissions will be published in the spring 2013 edition of THURJ by May, as well as on the THURJ website. All authors whose papers are published will also receive a $100 award.
According to the website, THURJ is a forum in which OU undergraduates of all majors have the opportunity to have their work published. The annual Honors College publication showcases research papers written by students from diverse disciplines about any subject.
Zachary McDonald, zoology and international studies junior, is the editor-in-chief of THURJ’s board this year. McDonald said the review board will go through all of the submissions and rate them on a numerical scale. The ones with the highest scores will then be edited and published.
“We generally choose between 10 and 12 papers, and they are easily around 20 to 25 pages a piece,” he said. “They’re pretty lengthy, because we want an in-depth, well researched, thought-out and explained study of a certain topic.”
McDonald said there were over 120 submissions last year.
Corie White, law student, is an author in the spring 2012 edition of THURJ. White published an article more than 15 pages long entitled “Female Genital Mutilation: Two Ideologies at War.”
“It was my favorite paper of my undergraduate career,” she said. “It’s neat to have my best work – the work I’m proudest of – published in a journal for all time.”
White said having this accomplishment on her resume has made a huge difference and she gets asked about it every time, often even by her advisors at law school.
“It really stands out,” she said. “Writing skills and research skills are so important in this day and age.”
McDonald said that for the first time in the student-run publication’s 13 years, THURJ will encompass creativity.
“This year we’re changing it up a little bit and not just accepting academic papers,” he said.
THURJ is now taking freelance creative writing and black and white photography submissions.
“We think that students’ academic writing ability should be recognized, but we also think that their creativity should be recognized,” McDonald said. “We want THURJ to be a platform to express that creativity.”
McDonald said this will probably result in an expansion of the entire publication, adding about three creative writing pieces between five and 10 pages in length and about five photographs total.
After publication, about 150 copies are distributed for free in the Honors College.
“We find it exciting and gratifying how we really start from scratch,” he said. “It’s totally our creation, so it’s cool to see the tangible product in the end.”
AT A GLANCE
• Honors students may submit papers written for any course.
• Non-Honors College students may only submit papers written for an Honors course.
• Papers must be written by undergraduate students, and cannot be co-authored, including by staff or faculty members, TAs or graduate students.
• THURJ cannot publish papers that have already been published in another journal.
• The submission deadline is Friday, Feb. 1.
• All submissions must be typed and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• For more information, visit the THURJ website.