To further the expansion of student research opportunities at Nevada as a stated goal in the Joint Vision 2017 document, ASUN recognized that reputable research must be published in a research journal, so that it can be reviewed, analyzed, and tested for validity. Due to the highly competitive process to be published within a research journal, undergraduate students rarely are able to produce the caliber of research required to be in such journals; thus, ASUN wanted to provide a medium for all current undergraduate students in the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) to be eligible to submit to an interdisciplinary undergraduate research journal.
In March of 2011, the ASUN Senate and the Special Senate Committee on Undergraduate Research and Journals passed a legislation to create the Nevada State Undergraduate Research Journal (NSURJ) in hopes that academic research will enrich the education of undergraduate students and prepare them for future academic and professional endeavors, regardless of the field of research.
NSURJ staff is comprised of multiple volunteer associate editors and academic referees from various NSHE institutions who collaborate with two senior co-editors to provide a peer reviewed research based journal which will publish twice annually. The senior co-editors are undergraduate students who are to ensure the highest standards of research accountability are met in published articles.
The mission of NSURJ is dedicated to educating, supporting, and providing a competitive edge for all students in the NSHE system. This is accomplished by providing an accessible, student run, and highly selective peer reviewed research journal specifically for undergraduate students.
Tanner Lyon is an honors student with a philosophy major and English literature minor. His personal research pertains to sociopolitical/economic theory, psychoanalysis, French poststructuralism and postmodern literature. Among his favorite writers are David Foster Wallace, Jorge Luis Borges, and Vladamir Nabakov. Upon receiving his bachelors, Tanner will be pursuing a graduate degree in philosophy.
Tyler is studying Biochemistry and Chemistry with a minor in mathematics. Her current research looks at catalytic proteins and has an extensive computational background. Tyler enjoys photography, being a DJ for Wolf Pack Radio, and playing the violin. She plans on pursuing a graduate degree.
Brianna is a third year chemical engineering major. She works in the Tucker research group with peptides of wasp and bee venom to test how they affect membrane formation. In the future, she would like to continue with research and attend medical school.
Casey is a Neuroscience major and chemistry minor. He is the treasurer for Nu Rho Psi and a member of Phi Delta Epsilon. In his free time, Casey enjoys playing the drums and piano, spending time with his friends and family, and playing with his Great Pyrenees, Max. Casey is also involved with obstetrics/gynecology, oncology, and interventional cardiology research off campus. After undergrad, he plans to apply to medical school.
Zachary Dugan is a 3rd year mechanical engineering major and physics minor. He does research in the field of the electro adhesion. In his free time, he climbs, mountain bikes and backpacks. Zach transferred from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where he was studying music and linguistics. After graduation, Zach will attend graduate school in either physics or mechanical engineering.
Edward is studying biochemistry and molecular biology. His research focuses on investigating protein targets and substrates of a putative protein O-fucosyltransferase in Arabidopsis thaliana and he is developing a database for the examination of post-translational modification data in the context of interaction networks and metabolic pathways. Edward will be pursuing a graduate education in biochemistry.