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Journal of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research

Every day, undergraduates across all academic disciplines are exploring the unknown, trekking in the direction of knowledge yet to be conquered. It is these investigative minds that move beyond the asking of the questions to the teasing out of the answers. They drive science forward. And that is our motive, propelling science. Within these pages you have been given the opportunity and privilege to witness a selection of such cutting edge research. Join us in their discovery, and be primed for inspiration, for that is how science moves.

Current Volume: Volume 11 (2019) Journal of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research

This is the eleventh year of publication for the Journal of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research (JIUR) at Southern Adventist University. The editorial team is proud to be one of the avenues for disseminating quality research papers written by undergraduate students across Southern’s campus. One of the biggest strengths of the JIUR is the committed group of team members who make up our editorial board. These individuals give a significant amount of their time each year to reviewing submissions, reading full manuscripts, making editorial suggestions, and otherwise supporting the JIUR. This year, one of the newest members of the editorial board urged a meeting of the editorial board to discuss making some changes to the JIUR that will serve to broaden the scope and the reach of the Journal. The publication team is in the process of exploring these changes and we are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead! We are so thankful that our editorial board is committed to ensuring the JIUR is and will continue to be a resource for excellent works of undergraduate students. We are particularly thankful for those who have served on our editorial board this year: Dr. David Nelsen, Biology; Dr. Nina Nelson, Social Work; Dr. Mark Peach, History and Southern Scholars; and Dr. Keith Snyder, Biology. This year, we also benefitted from the editorial assistance of Dea Lisica at L Writing Consultants and are very appreciative of Dea’s expertise. We are also grateful to the administration at Southern Adventist University, especially in the School of Education and Psychology, for their continued support and encouragement of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research. Finally, this edition of the JIUR would not have been possible without our Graduate Assistant, Davida Phillips. In addition to helping produce our sister journal: The Journal of Interdisciplinary Graduate Research, this is the second edition of the JIUR that Davida has worked on. Unfortunately, this will be the last edition for Davida as she recently graduated with her Master’s degree in School Counseling. Davida has proven to be invaluable in her work on the Journals and though we are sad to see her go, we are excited for her to be pursuing her career as a school counselor. Thank you, Davida for your consistently excellent work and all the best to you in your future endeavors! Tron Wilder, Ph.D. Editor-in-Chief