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 13 (2021)

With this volume, The Journal of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research (JIUR) enters its 13th year of publication at Southern Adventist University. From its inception, the intent of the JIUR has been to provide an avenue for the publication of high quality interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary works of scholarship by the students at Southern Adventist University. Our team is so proud that this journal continues to be a place that allows students to express their ideas to a broad audience. Working closely with the librarians at our university’s excellent McKee Library, has allowed our journal to have an even broader reach by making the JIUR accessible through Knowledge Exchange, the university’s institutional repository. We are very proud to be a part of the Open Access community and to be contributing high quality works of scholarship.

This edition of the JIUR would not have been possible without our committed team of professors who have committed their time to being on the editorial board. We want to thank those who were willing to spend hours reading, commenting, and reviewing the submissions for this publication: Dr. David Nelsen, Biology; Dr. Mark Peach, History; Dr. Linda Tym, English and Southern Scholars; and Dr. Keith Snyder, Biology. We are also thankful to have had the editorial assistance of Dea Lisica at L Writing Consultants. Dea has now provided editorial consulting on several of our publications and we are always appreciative of Dea’s expertise. We are also grateful to the administration at Southern Adventist University, especially Dean Tammy Overstreet in the School of Education and Psychology, for their continued support and encouragement of The Journal of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research .

Finally, we are so thankful to have a new Graduate Assistant, Jillian Roberts at the helm this year. Though this is Jillian’s first foray into editing and publication, she has hit the ground running and has already brought significant attention to the organization, communication, and focus that this journal needs in order to be successful. Jillian is a recent graduate of our undergraduate Psychology program and is currently pursuing her Master’s in School Counseling with a goal of working in higher education administration. We are excited to have her as an integral part of our publication team. Thank you, Jillian for your hard work!

Tron Wilder, Ph.D.