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The Journal is looking to fill editors and directors positions for the 2020 – 2021 academic year!

The Journal is looking to fill editors and directors positions for the 2021-2022 academic year!

Position appointments will be for the 2021-2022 academic year, with many of our staff choosing to return year after year. There are no explicit requirements to be a part of the URJ; students of all years, majors, and skillsets have joined the URJ and made significant contributions.

Meetings will be weekly 6-7 pm on Tuesday evenings throughout the fall and spring semesters.

If you would like to apply for the position, please submit this form by 11:59 pm on Sunday, September 12, 2021. After an initial review, we will conduct 20 minute interviews September 17-23.

Feel free to contact Mahija Ginjupalli at editor.in.chief@texasurj.com or Sri Darbha at executive.director@texasurj.com with any questions or concerns. We look forward to reading your application.

Directorial Positions

Campaigns
As a member of the campaigns committee, you and your team will be responsible for coordinating a number of events throughout this academic year. For each event, you will be responsible for securing a time, location, food, and event logistics. Additionally, you will need to coordinate with the communications committee to ensure that advertisement flyers are printed and distributed at least one week before the event.

During the fall, the URJ campaigns committee primarily works on the Capital of Texas Undergraduate Research Conference (CTURC), an interdisciplinary statewide research symposium. This event is a collaboration with the Research Student Advisory Council and the Senate of College Councils. Last year, we had over 100 students present work from a variety of disciplines. During the spring, the URJ usually puts on panels centered on research based discussions. In the past few years, we have held panels on immigration policy, climate change, and the role of science in public policy. The campaigns committee also arranges networking events in the spring to connect undergraduate students to faculty and graduate student mentors.

The URJ is also present throughout the year at tabling events to increase the Journal’s visibility on campus. Your team will be responsible for registering the URJ for events like the Longhorn Research Bazaar, Research Week, and other events that come up. You will also need to send out sign-up sheets to get URJ members to table at these events.

Communications
As a member of the communications committee, you and your team will be responsible for creating advertisements for the URJ events throughout the academic year.  You will need to coordinate with the campaigns committee to ensure that advertisement flyers are printed and distributed at least one week before the event. While it is not necessary that you redesign existing advertisements, ensure that all information is up-to-date. Additionally, you will be responsible for keeping all social media (i.e. Facebook page and website) current with URJ news and events. If time permits, the communications committee can work on redesigning the URJ publication cover.

This year, the Journal is working to produce a standard set of branding guidelines for use across multiple mediums – social media, powerpoints, advertisements, etc. You will also be responsible for refining the Journal’s design in the fall and creating the layout in the spring.

Editors
As a member of the editing committee, you and your team will be responsible for paper selection, editing, and publication. In the fall semester, editors primarily work on drafting and editing articles to be published on the Texas URJ blog The Pioneer, assisting in CTURC preparation, and contacting different departments and professors within the University to advertise paper submission to our journal.

The paper submission deadline for the journal is usually set in late January, so paper selection and revisions take up most of the spring semester. First, editors review manuscripts and make initial selections for papers that meet the standards outlined by the selection criteria on the website. Next, editors contact professors in the related department of the paper’s research topic so that each article is reviewed by a faculty expert that is familiar with the subject matter at hand. Based on the review from University faculty, the editing team makes the decision to accept 5-6 papers for publication. Authors work closely with editors on several rounds of revisions to the accepted articles, reflecting the comments of the faculty reviewer as well as additional suggestions from the editors. Once the revisions are completed, the communications department works on the layout of the journal.

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