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This is JOURney, the Journal Of Undergraduate Research at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.


Research Excellence.

Our annual journal is dedicated to the publication of outstanding faculty-mentored research conducted by current undergraduate students. We publish research in the disciplines of natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Our goal is to celebrate and support the original research conducted early in students’ academic careers that reflects appropriate scope and complexity for excellent undergraduate work.

By and for students.

Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, the JOURney editorial board is student-run, comprised of a team of undergraduates from different backgrounds. Editors review and select papers for the annual journal, collaborating with accepted authors to polish and prepare their work for publication.


The journal curates a selection of articles that not only showcase the diversity of research being done on campus, but also highlight connections across different fields. By providing a platform for students to share their findings, we invite the reader to learn about different research and creatively think about apparent and hidden connections. We hope our journal will leave people with more knowledge and appreciation for local, national, and international issues.







Meet your peers… who are also published authors. 


Reanna Brooks graduated from UNC in December 2020. She earned her B.A in English with honors and highest distinction, and double minors in Latin and Studio Art. She always had a passion for art, serving as art editor-in-chief for UNC’s literary magazineCellar Door during her time at Carolina, and exhibiting her own work in the “Arts and Activism” exhibit on campus. It wasn’t until taking Dr. Ross’ “literary modernism” course her sophomore year did she discover the explicit overlap between art and literature, and more specifically, between post-impressionism and the writings of Virginia Woolf. Completely enamored, Reanna sought out Dr. Ross as an advisor and undertook her senior honors thesis further exploring this topic. Over the course of the most unconventional year of research, Reanna unveiled fascinating information that aligned Woolf’s writing with specific post-impressionist artists. After graduating, she moved back to Charlotte for a gap year, where she teaches English full time at a local high school. She plans to pursue her PhD in English Literature and turn her undergraduate thesis into a completed dissertation.

Lang Duong is a graduating senior from Greenville, NC at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She became heavily involved in research during the last two years of her undergraduate career through research assistant positions in Dr. Eva Telzer’s Developmental Social Neuroscience Lab, Dr. Sam McLean’s Heroes Health Initiative app-based study, and others. Lang’s UNC JOURney submission came into fruition through her independent research as a part of Dr. Beth Kurtz-Costes’ Motivation and Identity Lab. As a daughter of two Vietnamese immigrants, Lang is extremely passionate about researching Asian adolescent development in varying contexts, mental health stigmatization in underserved populations, democratization of psychological resources, and the creation of culturally-sensitive psychotherapy services. She currently has a position as a Karen M. Gil Intern through the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology under the supervision of her mentor Dr. Eric Youngstrom – one of her main focuses through this position is on the dissemination of AAPI mental health resources in response to recent Asian hate crimes. She is also applying to post-baccalaureate research positions in psychology labs all over the country and plans to pursue a Clinical or Developmental Ph.D.

Aleeshah Nasir is a junior graduating under the South Asian Studies and Biology Department. Her interests in the South Asian field specifically pertain to Pakistani and Indian immigrants, history and interactions. She will be furthering this interest while attending UNC Chapel Hills 2021 MURAP session where she will work during the summer to write a cohesive research paper on Pakistani and Indian identities in America. Besides the humanities, Aleeshah has also cultivated a love for STEM related fields such as Biology and Psychology. She has been working with UNC Chapel Hills Anna-Bardone Cone Lab on Eating Disorders since she was a sophomore and plans to continue to do so until graduation. Her eventual goal is to attain a PhD and pursue further research whether that be STEM or humanities related.







Check out these articles, plus more in our latest journal.

“Inequity in Homeownership: Closing America’s Racial Wealth Gap”

“Taking a New Lens To Augmented Reality and Oral Health

“Maximizing Form in Minimalism: Psychological Form as Narrative in Phillip Glass’s Etude No. 6”

2021-2022 Journal






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