Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research

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Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research (MJUR) (ISSN: 2160-9357) is a peer- and faculty-reviewed journal produced by a team of Monmouth College student editors and faculty mentors.

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04/15/2024

Meet Amjad Karkout, our Design Consultant!

Amjad Karkout is a class of 2018 Political Science major with minors in Media & Psychology. Amjad was an MJUR student editor & design co-editor during the 2017-2018 academic year. Since designing the Conference Proceedings issue in 2017, he has always been involved in the design project for MJUR as well as other administrative tasks.

After graduating from MC, Amjad continued to work at Monmouth College for almost 4 years. After leaving Monmouth, he worked as the Academic Support Coordinator at Midwestern Career College. Currently, he works at the Illinois Department of Human Services as a case worker in training.

04/08/2024

Happy MJUR Monday! Meet Dr. Michael Solontoi, our Coordinating Advisor.

Michael Solontoi joined the department of Physics and Engineering at Monmouth College in 2018 and has been involved with MJUR since then, serving as the Coordinating Advisor as of 2023. He deeply enjoys working with the engaged and dedicated students who edit the broad range of scholarly submissions to MJUR. An astronomer by training, he has been a long-standing member of the Solar System Science Collaboration of the forthcoming Vera C. Rubin Observatory, focusing on comet science. Michael actively conducts research with Monmouth students on a wide range of “space stuff” as well as non-astronomy related topics.

04/01/2024

Happy MJUR Monday! Today we would like to highlight Dr. Anne Mamary, our Editing Advisor.

Professor of Philosophy Anne Mamary joined the Monmouth College Philosophy and Religious Studies Department in 2004 and is the copy-editing advisor for MJUR. During the decade in which Anne has worked with the journal, she has admired the brilliance, curiosity, and tenacity of the student editorial board, as they bring to life the importance of scholarship in the academic life.

In this vein, Anne edited The Alchemical Harry Potter (McFarland, 2021), which includes articles by Monmouth College class of 2018 graduates Isaac Willis (an MJUR co-coordinating editor) and Sean Paulsgrove, along with former Monmouth student, Tamyra Dixon-Rankin. The Journal of Critical Animal Studies published Anne’s article “How Do you Know His Name is Gabriel?” in 2020 and named it the faculty paper of the year. Anne’s favorite part of that research experience is that she had the journal’s editor-in-chief, Amber George, as an undergraduate student at SUNY Cortland and served as the outside reader on Amber’s dissertation committee some years later.

At present, Anne is co-editing (with Meredith Trexler Drees at Kansas Wesleyan University) Politeia: Essays in Honor of Anthony Preus (SUNY, forthcoming 2024). Anne studied with Dr. Preus when she was a graduate student at SUNY Binghamton, is very pleased to honor him with essays inspired by his work, and is delighted to work with MJUR students as they continue to bring excellent undergraduate research to the world.

03/25/2024

This MJUR Monday, we'd like to highlight Dr. Andre Audette, our Publicity Advisor.

Andre Audette has been a faculty advisor for MJUR since 2017 when he first arrived at Monmouth College. He also serves as the publicity advisor, assisting with journal communications. His favorite part of working with MJUR is seeing the wide range of research the journal publishes and working with excellent student editors and authors. He is an Associate Professor of Political Science and has teaching and research interests in American politics and law, especially political behavior, identity politics, and political psychology. Andre also enjoys collaborating with students on political science research projects.

For a full list of MJUR's Faculty Advisors, visit: https://research.monm.edu/mjur/

03/18/2024

Happy MJUR Monday!

This week we will be highlighting an article from a previous edition of MJUR. Published in the Special 2019 Issue, "The Pink Tax: The Persistence of Gender Price Disparity," by Mackenzi Lafferty, has been cited 23 times according to Google Scholar.

PDF:https://research.monm.edu/mjur/files/2020/02/MJUR-i12-2019-Conference-4-Lafferty.pdf

You can read this article and all other editions of MJUR (dating back to 2011) on our website: https://research.monm.edu/mjur/mjur-issues/

03/04/2024

Meet the newest member of our team, editor Lea Selquist!

Lea is a class of 2025 accounting and Spanish double major from Peru, Illinois. This is her first year as an MJUR editor. Lea also works for the admissions department, is the accounting tutor, and participates in a variety of extra-curricular activities including being the treasurer of the Spanish club Raices, a member of Alpha Xi Delta, and the finance chair of Order of Omega. She is deeply passionate about continuing to deepen her understanding of the world and her place in it by studying a variety of subjects and being a lifelong learner. After Lea graduates, she plans to begin her career as an auditor for RSM accounting firm.

02/26/2024

Meet editor Shannon Smith!

Shannon is a psychology and political science major with an investigative forensics minor. She is from Plano, Illinois, and is in the class of 2025. This is her first year as an MJUR editor. She is also a member of Pi Beta Phi, Order of Omega, and Psi Chi in addition to being a psychology teacher’s assistant and Writing Center Tutor. After graduation, Shannon plans to take a gap year to work either as a legal assistant or paralegal before attending law school.

02/19/2024

Meet editor Cameron Shook!

Cameron is a member of the class of 2026 and is majoring in political science with minors in history and Spanish. He is from Morton, Illinois. This is his first year working for MJUR. He is also the Operations Director for Zeta Beta Tau and a writing tutor. Cameron works for the Sports Information Department and plays trumpet in the Wind Ensemble. Additionally, he is a member of Stockdale Fellows, Order of Omega, and Alpha Lamba Delta, where he serves as secretary. After graduation, Cameron plans to attend law school.

02/12/2024

Meet editor Elizabeth Guenther!

Elizabeth is in the class of 2025 and is from Melbourne, Florida. She is majoring in business administration with a minor in accounting. This is her first year working as an editor for MJUR. She is also the chorale secretary. After graduation, Elizabeth plans to pursue a career in marketing or advertising.

02/05/2024

Meet editor Brontë De Zwart!

Brontë is from Adelaide, South Australia, and is in the class of 2026. She is majoring in physics and mathematics. This is her first year serving as an editor for MJUR. She is the Director of Community Inclusion for Pi Beta Phi, a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Order of Omega, a goalkeeper for the Women’s Soccer Team, and the tutor for the Math/QR/Physics departments. After graduation, Brontë plans to earn a PhD in mathematical physics and go into renewable energy research.

01/29/2024

Meet Michael Gabriel Castillo Andal!

Michael, class of 2026, is a business administration major from Crystal Lake, Illinois. This is his first year working for MJUR. He is also a first-generation peer mentor intern, a spiritual life intern, a barista at Einstein Bros. Bagels, the vice president of finance and DEI chair in Sigma Phi Epsilon, the DEI director for Community, the treasurer for SAGA, and a member of the Order of Omega. After graduation, Michael is considering volunteering for the Peace Corps and giving back to his community in the Philippines or working in DEI under Human Resources.

01/22/2024

Meet editor Ilese Rodeffer!

Ilese hails from Bushnell, Illinois. She is majoring in neuroscience, and she is a member of the class of 2025. She has been a student editor on the MJUR team for two years, and she is also an English tutor and a James and Sybil Stockdale Fellow. After graduation, Ilese is interested in working in the medical field.

01/15/2024

The next editor we're introducing is Anna Brunner!

Anna is from Mt. Zion, Illinois, and is in the class of 2025. She is majoring in public relations and English with a minor in political science. In addition to serving her second year as student editor for the MJUR team, Anna is a Scots Ambassador, writing tutor, first-year orientation leader, and a member of the Alpha Lamba Delta, Sigma Tau Delta, and Lambda Pi Eta honor societies. After finishing her bachelor’s degree, Anna intends to focus primarily on public relations and working with nonprofit organizations.

01/01/2024

Make a New Year’s resolution to submit a research manuscript to MJUR! The deadline for this year’s issue is January 15th. Please encourage all undergraduate students (and 2023 grads) to submit their work. Happy 2024 from the MJUR team!

Reminder that the deadline to submit a paper to MJUR is in less than a month! The deadline is January 15, 2024.

Have you written a strong undergraduate research paper? If so, consider sharing it with MJUR! Earn recognition of your accomplishment by submitting it for consideration in our 15th edition to be published this spring. See the attached call or papers or visit our website for more details: https://research.monm.edu/mjur/

All undergraduate students, including those who received their first undergraduate degree within the past 8 months (spring 2023 graduates), are invited to submit papers to MJUR. Please share with any potential authors!

12/19/2023

Reminder that the deadline to submit a paper to MJUR is in less than a month! The deadline is January 15, 2024.

Have you written a strong undergraduate research paper? If so, consider sharing it with MJUR! Earn recognition of your accomplishment by submitting it for consideration in our 15th edition to be published this spring. See the attached call or papers or visit our website for more details: https://research.monm.edu/mjur/

All undergraduate students, including those who received their first undergraduate degree within the past 8 months (spring 2023 graduates), are invited to submit papers to MJUR. Please share with any potential authors!

12/11/2023

Meet Larissa Pothoven! Larissa, class of 2024, is the other Co-Lead Editor of MJUR. She is an English and history double-major from Rock Island, Illinois. This is Larissa’s third year working for MJUR and first year as a Co-Lead Editor. She is also a member of Stockdale Fellows, Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Lamba Delta, and Mortar Board. Additionally, she plays flute in the Fighting Scots Marching Band and Wind Ensemble, sings in Concert Choir, works for the Office of Global Engagement, is the history tutor, and was a first-year orientation leader. After studying at the University of Stirling, Scotland, in Spring 2024, Larissa will pursue a master’s degree in museum studies, then work as an author/editor and museum curator.

11/27/2023

Meet Tyler Houck!

Tyler Houck is one of the two Co-Lead Editors for MJUR this year. Tyler is a class of 2024 accounting and business administration double-major from Park Ridge, Illinois. As a Co-Lead Editor this year, Tyler has been an editor for MJUR since his freshman year at Monmouth College. He is involved all over campus, as a captain of the Fighting Scots baseball team, the president of BEAM (Business, Economics, Accounting, and Marketing Club), and an Admiral James and Sybil Stockdale Fellow. Upon graduation, Tyler plans on working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago, Illinois, as an assurance professional.

11/20/2023

Happy MJUR Monday!

Student Editors for MJUR come from a variety of ages, backgrounds, and disciplines. This year, we have 2 Co-Lead Editors, 2 Returning Editors, and 5 New Editors. All MJUR Editors are students at Monmouth College. In the following weeks, we will be introducing them all to you!

MJUR Submissions Map - Google My Maps 11/13/2023

Happy MJUR Monday!

Do you ever wonder from where MJUR gets all of our submissions? Check out this awesome map created by our former intern (class of 2022), Julia Oakson! Click on the + sign in the lower left corner of the map to zoom in, click on the – sign to zoom out, and drag the map left or right to see other regions of the world. The orange pins signify submissions that were reviewed, and the blue pins indicate articles that were accepted and published. If you click on the blue pins, you will see a link to a pdf of the published article. You can also find this map on our website at https://research.monm.edu/mjur/.

MJUR Submissions Map - Google My Maps MJUR Submissions Map

Photos from Monmouth College's post 11/07/2023

Congrats to MJUR Editor Shannon Smith for being a Moot Court finalist!

11/06/2023

Happy MJUR Monday!

Founded in 2010, the Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research (MJUR) (ISSN: 2160-9357) is a multidisciplinary scholarly journal produced by a team of Monmouth College student editors and faculty members with peer and faculty (or experts in the field) reviewers for each article. Scholars from a variety of colleges and universities contribute to the manuscript review process. Our mission is to support development of high-quality original undergraduate research, recognize exceptional undergraduate scholarly efforts and accomplishments, and contribute to the undergraduate learning experience. MJUR accepts submissions from all academic fields and from any undergraduate institution, national or international. New volumes of MJUR are published annually in print and online.

10/30/2023

Have you written a strong undergraduate research paper? If so, consider sharing it with MJUR! Earn recognition of your accomplishment by submitting it for consideration in our 15th edition to be published this spring. Our submission deadline is January 15, 2024. See the attached call or papers or visit our website for more details: https://research.monm.edu/mjur/

All undergraduate students, including those who received their first undergraduate degree within the past 8 months (spring 2023 graduates), are invited to submit papers to MJUR. Please share with any potential authors!

Hot Off the Press 05/05/2023

Thanks to Duane Bonifer and Barry McNamara in the Monmouth College Communications and Marketing Office for the great story and podcast about the 14th issue of MJUR!

Hot Off the Press Latest edition of Monmouth’s Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research drew submissions from all over the world and across academic disciplines.

04/24/2023

This is an exciting day! Bus from Kellogg Printing just dropped off copies of the 2023 issue of MJUR! You can also find PDFs of all the articles on our website (http://research.monm.edu/MJUR), and it is indexed in Ebsco Academic Search Ultimate. Celebrate!

Political Church Shopping is Further Polarizing America | Religion & Politics 12/06/2022

MJUR has the best student editors and faculty advisors! Coordinating editor Shay Hafner and faculty advisor Andre Audette co-authored an article linked below. Check it out!

Political Church Shopping is Further Polarizing America | Religion & Politics As the 2022 midterm elections wrap up, candidates in most states will be temporarily retiring the attack ads. Both parties are preparing for an era of divided government, meaning compromises will need to be made to govern the country. In his post-election address, President Biden highlighted: “On ...

‘It’s Pretty Easy to Get Involved’ 12/02/2022

Our MJUR editors are superstars! Take a look at this spotlight about MJUR editor Tyler Houck!

‘It’s Pretty Easy to Get Involved’ From Fighting Scots baseball to a research journal, Tyler Houck taking in all that Monmouth has to offer.

Monmouth Conversations -- 2022-23 -- Episode No. 4 09/23/2022

Thanks to Duane Bonifer for producing a podcast episode about MJUR! Take a listen!

Monmouth Conversations -- 2022-23 -- Episode No. 4 Two of the faculty advisers, Anne Mamary and Michelle Holschuh Simmons, and two student editors, Grace Simpson and ​​Shay Hafner, of the Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research discuss MJUR’s impact

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