The Office of Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce the launch of a new scholarly publication, The University of Texas at San Antonio Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Works (URSW), a peer-reviewed academic journal, for the students of UTSA. The URSW features research abstracts, poster presentations, summary reports, research manuscripts, and other presentation formats highlighting undergraduate creativity and scholarly inquiry from a wide variety of disciplines. It is published annually by the Office of the Vice President for Research at the end of the spring semester.
William H. Cooke, Professor and Department Chair Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition, is the editor-in chief. “We needed a way to promote the research our undergraduate researchers were producing. While the Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Showcase is a great opportunity for students to interact and develop their presentation skills, we wanted to create a repository for their research to live on. Submitting to the journal is a great opportunity for students to take their research and shape it into a finished product. Not only do they develop their writing skills, but also they learn how the peer-reviewed publication process works, skills they will need as they continue with their academic studies. Being published gives the student a chance to be recognized for their scholarly work and gives them a greater sense of accomplishment.”
Supported by a team of editors from the Colleges of Business, Liberal & Fine Arts, Engineering, Education and Human Development, Sciences, Honor College, the Library and the Writing Core Program, the goal is to have student submissions from all nine colleges.
Having an academic journal dedicated to undergraduate research also promotes the role of research on campus, and shows students there are even greater opportunities to be get involved in undergraduate research.