Over 2,000 undergraduate research projects are underway every year at Purdue University, bringing students into direct contact with real-world challenges at an early stage in their careers. The Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research was created in 2011 by a team of faculty members and staff who wished to highlight the work being done by undergraduate researchers in a more tangible way than just poster sessions.
In 2012 the journal published its second issue, containing 11 articles and 35 “research snapshots,” extended abstracts describing research still in progress or published elsewhere. These were selected from over 80 submissions.
While Purdue University Press, collaborating with Purdue Marketing and Media and the Writing Lab in the Department of English, plays a major supporting role, the journal is not only entirely written by undergraduate students, but the journal coordinator, designer, and production editor are also Purdue students. Proposals are reviewed by a Faculty Advisory Board and a Student Editorial Board works with student authors to improve the structure and tone of their work.
The publication of JPUR, in print and Open Access online at http://www.jpur.org, are made possible by a grant from the Office of the Provost.