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Undergraduate Research Journal

The Undergraduate Research Journal's primary mission is to make more visible the rich and diverse scholarship conducted by University of Utah undergraduates. All undergraduate students at the University of Utah are strongly encouraged to submit their research for publication in the Journal.

Journal submissions are accepted year-round for online publication.  New online journals are published each June. All submissions from University of Utah undergraduate students that are approved by a qualified faculty mentor are accepted for publication.


Any University of Utah undergraduate student may submit their research for publication, and students are encouraged to submit multiple times as appropriate. While the research reported in the submission does not need to have been conducted under the supervision of a faculty member, a faculty mentor must approve the student's submission. Any student wanting to receive the URSD must write and submit their own journal submission as a first or solo author.


  • Wider visibility of undergraduate research
  • Students who publish with the Undergraduate Research Journal fulfill some of the requirements to be eligible to earn an Undergraduate Research Designation in their transcript.

Multiple authors

  • Only the first author uploads the submission. It is the responsibility of the first author to include all authors' names and emails during the submission process. Only first authors will be eligible to receive the Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation.
  • All authors must agree on an author order. Authorship conventions differ by field; this should be decided in careful consultation with the faculty mentor.
  • Each submission may have only one first author, and all other authors must be ordered.
  • The first author is responsible for making sure that the submission is completed successfully and for forwarding the emailed confirmation message to all other authors.


  • The Journal is freely available to the public online. It is not indexed, and we do not use DOIs.


Formatting requirements
  • Submissions to the Undergraduate Research Journal must be carefully edited prior to submission. They will be published as-is or with minor formatting adjustments as necessary. We do not edit submissions.
  • Students must submit on their own behalf.
  • By submitting, you are consenting to publication in this open access publicly available journa.
  • All submissions must use the URJ Template and be saved as a PDF. The PDF is uploaded into the submission form.
  • Required Header: centered in 12-point Times New Roman font:


Student's Full Name (Faculty Mentor: Full Name), Additional Authors if applicable

Department of ...

  • The remainder of the page(s) may be used to present the student's research or creative works as desired by the student and faculty mentor. The page(s) may include text and/or pictures---submissions may take the form of research abstracts, summaries, paper, artists' statements, and/or pictures of research or creative works. All text must be at least 12-pt Times New Roman font size and single spaced.
  • For formatting help, please review previous years' publications.


Past Issues

View editions of the Undergraduate Research Journal Archived with the Utah Marriott Library

Undergraduate Research Journal (2022)
Undergraduate Research Journal (2021)
Undergraduate Research Journal (2020)
Undergraduate Research Journal (2019)
Undergraduate Research Journal (2018)
Undergraduate Research Journal (2017)
Undergraduate Research Journal (2016)
Undergraduate Research Journal (2015)

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