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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. 


Sunday Opaleye’s interest in political actors and their effects on civic life pushes him to research the effects of artificial intelligence (AI) automation in the workforce. In his article, he explores whether AI will cause higher unemployment for human workers in the future and what governments should do to mitigate those effects. 

Sunday is a senior majoring in Political Science and double minoring in Politics, Philosophy, Economics (PPE) and Philosophy. He plans to continue his academic research in areas that advocate for fairness in human affairs. After his undergraduate studies, Sunday will be pursuing a law degree in constitutional international law.

Sachi Pathak is a trained kathak dancer who, during a Religious Studies course with Dr. Harshita Kamath, began to study the impact of colonialism and globalization on the shifting narratives of kathak. Her paper explores kathak’s narrative from pre-colonial couteasan culture to 21st Century Indian and American media. 

As a current Junior at UNC, she is majoring in Hispanic Literature and Culture and minoring in Medical Anthropology and Chemistry. Along with kathak, Sachi also is trained in ballet and modern dance. While Sachi is working to become a physician, she is interested in combining her extracurricular passions in dance with academia.

Shelby Waldron’s background as a volleyball player in high school led her to her interests in researching the effects of sport specialization on the physical and psychosocial well-being of college students. Her article explores the association between sport specialization to factors such as burnout, perceived sport stress, and injury risk. 

Shelby recently graduated with degrees in psychology and exercise and sport science. She plans to be a future occupational therapist, and is continuing to study in the effects of sport participation on individuals’ every day functional abilities, including psychological and physical health.







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

“AI Automation and High Unemployment: Should Human Workers Worry About High-Level Machine Intelligence?”

“Dance Dance… Evolution?: The Manipulation of the Female Narrative in Kathak”

“Sport Specialization and Physical and Psychosocial Health Outcomes of College Students”

2017-2018 Journal






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