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MIT Journal of Undergraduate Research

MIT Journal of Undergraduate Research

The MIT Journal of Undergraduate Research (MURJ), MIT’s newest publication, is a journal dedicated to providing undergraduate students with the opportunity to discuss new science and research developments in any number of disciplines.

MURJ is primarily comprised of six sections: World Science in Review, MIT Science in Review, Ethics, Innovations, Essays, and Reports. Our Reports section constitutes the vast majority of our publication, and includes several student reports selected from a large pool of submissions. Given that many MIT students publish their research in specialty journals, the Reports section is designed to minimize possible conflicts between publication in MURJ and publication in other journals. Student reports are written without unexplained jargon, address a general undergraduate audience (as opposed to a specialized group of scientists), and focus on the general implications of a student’s research in light of the work completed by other scientists in the field. In many ways, student reports in MURJ are written like reports in Scientific American. Students interested in submitting research to our journal should review the "Submission Guidelines" (available on the web: <http://web.mit.edu/murj/www>). Please remember that all submissions for our fall issue are due on or before September 31.

While our Reports section features the work of students outside of our editorial board and general staff, the other five sections of MURJ are dedicated to science journalism. Students who join our group can report on a global scale (World Science in Review) or through a local venue (MIT Science in Review). Our features sections, Innovations and Ethics, examine recent technological developments in engineering and the Internet. Our Essay section, on the other hand, features the writing of a professor or student discussing an issue involving science, technology, and society. You can write for any of these sections or bring to our group your expertise in graphic design and layout.

Although working for MURJ is not a hefty time commitment, we hope that you’ll consider joining the staff of our journal or at least submitting your work to MURJ. If you’re interested in pursuing either avenue, please e-mail us at <MURJ@mit.edu>. The dates and times for our first meetings will be announced across this mailing list, so sign up early. We welcome you to MIT and hope that you have a great year.

Alternative News Collective / Thistle

The Alternative News Collective publishes MIT's only left newspaper, the Thistle. After a two year hiatus, the Thistle was published twice this summer: once for commencement and then again on the Fourth of July. The Thistle is known throughout the Boston/Cambridge area for its investigative reporting. A article originally printed for the Thistle has even been reprinted in the Boston Globe regarding ex-Provost John Deutch's connection to the CIA. Some of our regular columns include 'The Angry Feminist' and 'A People's History.'

There are currently 8 people on our staff (not including irregular contributors) all writing, editing, getting advertising, and making the decisions that keep the Thistle going. Both the female/male and undergrad/grad ratios are 3/5 and the minority/non-minority ratio is even lower. As we feel a more balanced demographic is necessary for a better Thistle, we would like to especially encourage women, undergraduates, and minorities interested in writing to attend a meeting and/or submit articles.

While there are no requirements for writing for the Thistle, all submissions will be subject to the approval of the Collective before publishing. To be a member of the Collective, requirements include an earnest desire to participate in meetings, and educate through investigative reporting.

The e-mail for the Alternative News Collective is <THISTLE@mit.edu> and our website is <http://web.mit.edu/thistle/www/> where one can find our archives. Look for our orientation issue at the Activities Midway.