Undergraduate Scientific Journal Wins Award for Excellence
by Tamara Keith, Student Reporter
This semester, Berkeley Scientific Journal, a student operated and faculty reviewed journal that publishes the research of undergraduate Berkeley scientists, received the Colombia Scholastic Press Association Gold Medal Award for excellence as an undergraduate publication. This is the second such award the journal has garnered since its inception in fall 1996.
The journal, which competed against hundreds of other undergraduate publications, was judged in 10 different categories. Of 1,000 possible points, Berkeley Scientific received a score of more than 950.
Berkeley Scientific is written, designed, edited, and produced by students under the advising of Professor Caroline Kane and with the support of Caroline Porter, Dean of Undergraduate Education in the College of Letters and Sciences and her assistant Terry Strathman. The journal includes student research papers (which are reviewed by one and sometimes two members of the faculty), faculty interviews, poetry and other features.
The journal, published once a semester, is a serial publication with an international serial number, and is listed in Chemical Abstract as well as Melvyll and Gladis. According to managing editor Aaron Savar this is just one of the many steps taken by student editors to make Berkeley Scientific a professional publication.
Professor Caroline Kane who has been the publications advisor since its inception sees herself as a mentor to the students.
The active role I play is to provide advice for the students when they run into problems, said Kane. It was never hands-on. Its their journal.
Kane added that, as a whole, undergraduate journals provide good opportunities for both faculty and students.
I recommend that other faculty encourage the students in their departments to start a journal, said Kane. It allows more faculty to be involved and find out about the types of research that are going on.
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