About Us


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 junior 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.


Nicholas Winner : Senior Co-Editor

Nicholas Winner

Senior Co-Editor


Anita Albanese : Senior Co-Editor

Anita Albanese

Senior Co-Editor


Kara Bohham : Junior editor

Kara Bohham

Junior editor


Paul Opdyke : Junior Editor

Paul Opdyke

Junior Editor


Lauren Schultz : Junior Editor

Lauren Schultz

Junior Editor

Hello! My name is Lauren Schultz. I am majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and minoring in Chemistry. Research is one of my passions and I enjoy being an undergraduate research assistant in the Department of Pharmacology. I also like being involved on campus as a DRC peer mentor, a Biology 190 discussion group leader, and a mentor for freshman biochemistry students. In my spare time, I play the violin and hang out with family and friends.


Riley Kellermeyer : Junior Editor

Riley Kellermeyer

Junior Editor

Riley is a senior in the Honors program, majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Psychology and Chinese Studies.  Upon completing her degree, Riley plans to continue conducting research in her current neuroscience lab and getting her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology.  In her free time, Riley enjoys hiking, cycling, and exploring with her dog.


Cassidy D’Amour : Junior Editor

Cassidy D’Amour

Junior Editor

Jordanna Payne : Junior Editor - Material Science / Engineering

Jordanna Payne

Junior Editor - Material Science / Engineering

I am a junior pursuing a Bachelor's of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Biomedical Engineering. I am also pursuing two minors, one in Mathematics and another in Biochemistry. I also participate in the simulated patient program with the UNSOM Office of Medical Education.