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New journal showcases student-faculty research


A group of U-M undergraduate students has published the first issue of a new journal describing research they have worked on with faculty members.

The University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Forum (UMURF), rolled out at a ceremony and banquet March 5, is intended as a multi-disciplinary showcase covering the whole range of undergraduate research, says editor Wei Gu, a third-year chemical engineering student.

"We also have a goal to make the articles as accessible as possible for a general audience so that a wide readership will know what U-M undergraduates have accomplished in their collaborations with faculty," Gu says.

The first issue contains reports on five projects, along with articles on general research-related topics. The five projects cover prostate cancer genetics, variations in the academic ability of children, traumatic brain injury, the brain's response to chronic stress and a controversy surrounding the International Criminal Court.

First- and second-year students are connected with faculty through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program. Sandra Gregerman, director of UROP, says the new journal was entirely a student initiative.
UMURF is available in residence halls, the Undergraduate Library, Media Union, Pierpont Commons and UROP.

The primary sponsor of the journal's first issue is the Office of Vice President for Research. Fawwaz Ulaby, vice president for research, says publication of the Forum takes the University's offerings for undergraduates to a new level.

"We have a long and distinguished record in providing research opportunities for undergraduates, through programs such as UROP and WISE. What the undergraduate students who organized the journal have done—and I give all of the credit to them—is to give the campus a professional outlet for students to publish their own scholarly results," Ulaby says.

Other sponsors include UROP, WISE, the College of Engineering and LSA, with advertising sponsorship by the Life Sciences Institute.

The UMURF editorial board will make a brief presentation at the March 18 Board of Regents meeting.

The first issue of UMURF in printed form is available in residence halls, the Undergraduate Library, Media Union, Pierpont Commons and UROP. It also is online at http://www.umich.edu/~umforum/current.html.

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