WMU News

Graduate students launch online research journal

Oct. 8, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Graduate Student Advisory Committee will unveil the inaugural issue of its online research journal during a public reception at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the President's Dining Room of the Bernhard Center.

The inaugural issue of The Hilltop Review: a Journal of Western Michigan University Graduate Research features peer-reviewed articles from WMU doctoral and master's-level students in the disciplines of philosophy; paper engineering, chemical engineering and imaging; educational studies; communication; and mechanical and aeronautical engineering.

"This is a great opportunity to highlight the outstanding research and work that fellow graduate students are doing during their time here as well as highlight WMU's status as a research institution," says Todd Ide, chair of the GSAC.

According to Hilltop Review Editor Toni Strutz, the journal provides students with valuable experience, allows them to share their work with a global audience and gives them a published article they can then list on their resumes.

"We started the journal at the suggestion of fellow students, who felt that graduate research was not being promoted or recognized adequately on campus, so we decided to help fill that need," Strutz says. "In addition to the research, the journal also features an original painting by MFA candidate Andrew McNair, which serves as the cover."

Submissions for the next issue of the journal, to be published in April of 2006, are currently being accepted. The GSAC also is planning to sponsor a symposium that would run in conjunction with publication of the second issue. The symposium would feature not only paper presentations, but also a poster session as well as performances, showings, and readings by creative and performing arts graduate students.

For more information about the journal, contact Todd Ide at (269) 381-4864 or (269) 387-8207.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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