Florida Undergraduate Research Journal

A journal devoted to the publication of undergraduate research

Journal Overview 

Each year more students are engaging in research. Sometimes this is with their faculty; sometimes it is independent of their faculty mentor. Students, however, are often limited to publishing their work in their university student research journal. The Florida Undergraduate Research Journal (FURJ) is a new publication opportunity for students to share their work with others beyond their campus journals. Student-authors will receive constructive feedback and comments at each stage of the process to foster their research and writing skills as submissions will undergo a tiered review process that assesses the focus of the question, the content, the methodology, and the audience; followed then by a review of the content by those dedicated and committed to high-quality student research.

Publication of your research in a professional journal is a great experience and will help your resume!

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Aims and Scope

The Florida Undergraduate Research Journal is dedicated to publishing outstanding undergraduate research across all disciplines - all are welcome to submit! 

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Image by Tom Hermans

Notice to Student Authors

Thank you so much for your interest in submitting to the Florida Undergraduate Research Journal! We are no longer accepting submissions for the upcoming volume. The submission portal will reopen on 1 June 2022 for the next volume. If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to email furj@floridaundergradresearch.org or Dr. Melodie H. Eichbauer (Executive Editor) at meichbauer@fgcu.edu

For Authors

The Review Process 

Submissions to Florida Undergraduate Research Journal will undergo a tiered review process.

Upon submission, the Executive Editor and Assistant Editor will provide an initial review of the manuscript using the FURJ Rubric. Once a submission proves that it fits within the scope of the journal, the Editorial Board will assess the submission based on the eleven criteria outlined in the FURJ Rubric. If the submission needs revision before being considered for disciplinary review, the student-author will receive detailed comments with an invitation to revise and resubmit.

If the submission is appropriate for disciplinary peer review, the Executive Editor and Student Editorial Board, in conjunction with the FURA Board, will identify a reviewer known for their commitment to high-quality student research. The reviewer will provide disciplinary-specific comments along side the Editorial Board's comments to maximize feedback to the student-author in a clear and supportive fashion.

Accepted Articles 

Upon acceptance, student-authors will sign an Author Agreement allowing their work to be published in the Florida Undergraduate Research Journal. Student-authors will retain the right to publish or share the work elsewhere, in a modified form, providing that they acknowledge its original publication in the Florida Undergraduate Research Journal.

Submission Criteria

  • Essays from all disciplines are welcome.

  • Essays should be no more than 8000 words with notes.

  • Essays should use the citation style relevant to that discipline.

  • Essays should be proof-read and reviewed by a faculty mentor prior to submission.

  • Essays should be submitted as a PDF document with each line numbered.

  • Essays should not include the names of the author(s), faculty mentor, or school.

2021-2022 Editorial Board

Emmaline Blikstad, Editorial Assistant - Florida Gulf Coast University 

Anastasia Gregory - New College of Florida 

Camila Garcia - Florida Gulf Coast University 

Elizabeth Saint - Florida State University 

Faith Sauber - University of Central Florida

Jessica MoorefieldFlorida State University 

Paula Koppel - Florida International University 

Rabeea Summer - University of Central Florida

Eve Vazquez - University of Central Florida

Jaia HendricksonFlorida State University 

Study Group

Editorial Board

Becoming a member of Editorial Board for the Florida Undergraduate Research Journal will allow you to participate in mentorship and professionalization opportunities. The leadership experience of serving on a journal's editorial board looks great on a CV when you apply for graduate school or on a resume when you apply for jobs after graduation.

Students from any Florida school (2-year or 4-year) are welcome to join!

The Editorial Board will:

  • Participate in monthly board meetings on Zoom.
  • Review submissions to see if they are appropriate for disciplinary review.

  • Provide feedback on submissions to aid author's revisions.

  • Create an image for the volume's cover.

Editorial Board Spotlight

In this short video, editorial board member Faith Sauber describes some of the work she does with the Florida Undergraduate Research Journal.
(Courtesy of UCF Burnett Honors College)

Faculty Reviewer Sign-up


The Florida Undergraduate Research Journal (FURJ) invites full and part-time faculty, PhD Candidates, and PhD Students to volunteer as disciplinary reviewers of student submissions. Establishing and maintaining a professional-quality output of student research is one of the key purposes of the FURJ, and one that encourages faculty to lend their expertise. Conforming to scholarly practice, FURJ is a double-blind peer-reviewed publication.



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For more information regarding FURJ please email the Executive Editor, Dr. Melodie Eichbauer, at: