Undergraduate Science Journal (USJ)Orientation Meeting 2007-2008 Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tama Hasson Co-editors-in Chief: Neda Asem and Anjali Tapadia
What is USJ? • An excellent opportunity for undergraduates to present and publish personal research findings • Exposes undergraduates to the intricate UCLA research community • Provides a new venue for interaction between faculty and students
How can you contribute to USJ? • Writers: submit articles for publication • Staff: • Managing Editors: Oversee the decisions and follow up on the layout of one major subdivision in the journal. • Layout • Research • Review • Interviews • Editorial Board: Review submitted articles. • Webmaster
What benefits will I get? • Interaction with fellow undergraduates passionate about science and research. • Learning about the research community at UCLA • Knowledge about the scientific writing and publishing processes. • A great addition to resumes and applications.
How is USJ structured? USJ articles are categorized into three sections: • Faculty interviews (7-10 articles) • Review articles (10-12 articles) • Research articles (14-16 articles)
Faculty Interviews • Interview subjects are UCLA science or medical faculty members • Choose from Q&A format or integrated paper • Choose an interviewee who has made a significant contribution to research on campus (at times receiving national media attention) i.e. Dr. Jorge Lazareff, Guatemalan conjoined twins • Prepare a wide range of questions by reviewing interviewee background and career (teaching style, research interests, articles written, etc.) • Tape-record your interview and show up to the scheduled session on time
Review Articles • South Campus-oriented student group (e.g. UCLA Ocean Discovery Center, CityLab, Stroke Study) • Issues impacting UCLA research arena (i.e. Nanotechnology, Hurricane Katrina, etc. )
Research Articles • Original research conducted by you, an undergraduate, and supported by a faculty advisor • Article MUST be in scientific paper format— adhere strictly to our submission guidelines (can be found online: www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/usj) • Workshop on Submission Guidelines (ALL Writers*) • E-mail us, usjUCLA@gmail.com, with questions, comments, and scheduling conflicts • Deadline: JAN 7, 2008
Want to publish? • Workshop on Submission Guidelines (ALL Writers) • October 30, 2007 from 5:00-6:30 pm in Boyer 159 • Submission Guidelines can be found on our website:www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/usj • Submission Guidelines must be STRICTLY FOLLOWED (failure to do so will cause everyone trouble and trips back to the office…) • E-mail us at usjUCLA@gmail.com with questions, comments, and schedule conflicts
Course Credit • Honors Collegium 101B • 2 units, P/NP, Honors credit for working on USJ • Winter and Spring Quarters • InDesign, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver workshops H.C. 101B is NOT mandatory for USJ involvement; however, all staff members are welcome to enroll
Important things to note: • Research writers should attend the workshop especially if unclear about research article formats • Review and interview article writers can choose from a pool of topics and faculty members • Please note: submission deadline is Jan. 7, 2008 • USJ cannot guarantee that all research articles submitted will be published
Timeline • Now to Jan. 7, 2008: • Conduct and submit faculty interviews, research and submit review articles, submit research articles Jan. 7, 2008: Due date for ALL articles • Jan. 7, 2008 to March 2008: • Editorial Board and Review Board, Writers revise article (everything in by Spring Break) • End of March 2008 – May 1 2008: • Managing Editor layout/design, final revision by faculty and editors • May 1, 2008: • Send to Print (4-6 Weeks) • June release date for Vol. 21
Contact USJ • Website: www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/usj • E-mail: usjUCLA@gmail.com • Instructor &Advisor: • Audrey Cramer, Ph.D., firstname.lastname@example.org • Tama Hasson, Ph.D., email@example.com • Co-Editors-in-Chief: • Neda Asem, firstname.lastname@example.org • Anjali Tapadia, email@example.com
From USJ…to you Thanks for attending this meeting. We look forward to working with you this year.