New Undergraduate Research Publication Surges Forward

August 15, 2007 - News Release

Undergraduate students at the University of Guelph now have an avenue to electronically communicate their research.

The Office of Research, in conjunction with the McLaughlin Library, is launching a multidisciplinary online open-access publication called Studies by Undergraduate Researchers at Guelph (SURG). It will be the fourth publication hosted by the library as part of its electronic journal publishing service.

The refereed publication has been created over the past year with student participation and an advisory board consisting of some of the University’s top researchers. It will showcase studies by undergraduate students from all disciplines on campus.

Prof. Steven Liss, associate vice-president (research services), said SURG acknowledges the excellence and role that undergraduates play in contributions across the campus to world-class research at the University of Guelph.

“We take particular pride in the outstanding students at Guelph who choose to pursue graduate studies and careers as a result of the experiential learning gained in a research setting at the University,” he said.

“This student-led initiative will provide another level of exposure to the research enterprise and experiences that will further develop the communication and leadership skills of our students – a hallmark of a Guelph graduate.”

Many U of G undergraduates are involved in research through summer projects or fourth-year thesis and research courses. SURG will involve students in the publication process and give them a semi-annual medium to publish their work.

“The majority of students perform excellent research, but their scope may be too narrow for mainstream journals,” said fourth-year biomedical sciences student Matt Teeter, SURG editor. “This will give them the opportunity to take part in the publishing process.”

Original research articles and reviews written by undergraduate students are currently being accepted for the inaugural fall issue. Submissions are selected by departments and passed on to SURG.

Interested students and faculty can find more information about the submission process on the publication’s website.

Owen Roberts, director, research communications
519-824-4120, Ext. 58278,

Matt Teeter, SURG Editor
519-824-4120, Ext. 53511,

Wayne Johnston, digital initiatives librarian, library IT services
519-824-4120. Ext. 56900,

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