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Discussions offers a forum for undergraduate research

Sultan Ahmed

Issue date: 1/30/09 Section: Focus
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Seventy-five percent of students at Case Western Reserve University are involved in some type of research. Fortunately, the University has a place for students to display their achievements and exchange their ideas: Discussions, CWRU's peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal.

Having printed its first issue in the spring of 2006, Discussions is a fairly new establishment on campus. The journal is now published biannually toward the end of each semester. It is run strictly by undergraduate students, and only submissions from undergraduates are accepted. Students from all disciplines are invited to submit their research papers, review articles, or scholarly essays for publication.

After a paper is submitted, it goes through a rigorous reviewing process. All the reviewers are undergraduate students trained by the senior staff of the journal. This past fall, Discussions instituted new copy editors to work with individual authors to improve accepted papers and get them ready for publication. The number of papers published, as well as the subject areas they regard, vary greatly. "We believe in quality over quantity," says editor -in-chief Aditi Sinha. "Our publication highlights the achievements of our undergraduate students."

The journal provides a place for an exchange of ideas. There is a wide variety of interesting research taking place on this campus, and all too often, it goes unnoticed. Discussions seeks to end that by providing a formal venue for people to teach and learn about all disciplines. When asked if she has learned anything from being on the staff of the journal, Sinha replied, "Absolutely! That's one of my favorite parts of the job. I learn about so many things from reading the papers, and every time I read one, it amazes me that an undergraduate has achieved so much."

The journal is always seeking new ways to grow, increase submissions, and solidify staff. Recently, students from other universities have begun submitting articles for publication as well. The journal now publishes twice a year, as opposed to publishing once a year as it had in the past. Currently, the major goal is to make Discussions a solid presence on campus. Because it is fairly new, the success of the journal is still tenuous, and it needs a large amount of support from students to keep moving forward.

The journal published during the end of the fall semester contained papers regarding behavioral analysis on cockroaches as well as themes in contemporary Spanish films. The next issue is slated to be printed near the end of April, and the submission deadline is Feb. 1st. Discussions is looking for quality submissions and welcomes papers from all fields of study. This is a great opportunity for undergraduate students at Case Western Reserve University, and the student body should take advantage of it.
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