Many undergraduates put great care into work that is only seen by their professors. Looking for recognition and exposure for this type of work, Akshay Sarathi, an undergraduate at Grand Valley State University, developed the idea for the Grand Valley Journal of History. The publication showcases the best social science writing at the university. The History department embraced the idea, creating a class to train students as editors and crafting bylaws and policies to ensure that the journal will continue to publish and thrive. By publishing the journal on ScholarWorks@GVSU, the department avoids many of the costs and frustrations of traditional print publication, and focuses instead on what really matters: helping students proudly share their best work with the world. As Sarathi told the Grand Valley Lanthorn, “writing is such an important part of being a social science major or humanities major that if you can’t share that work, the writing sort of loses its flavor after a while.”
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