We’re very excited to announce the Undergraduate Research Commons, a discovery portal showcasing almost 700 outstanding undergraduate research publications—and counting. This collection of exemplary undergraduate work includes award-winning capstone projects, faculty-mentored research, and peer-reviewed scholarship from hundreds of undergraduate institutions using Digital Commons. The Undergraduate Research Commons also makes it easy for undergrads to see which peer-reviewed journals and conferences are currently open for submissions, and submit their own best work for consideration.
We’d like to thank all you IR managers for the work you’ve put in to make this resource possible. Seeing the broad and impressive array of undergraduate research reflected across our community’s repositories inspired us to share that scholarship with the broader community. Like the Digital Commons Network, the Undergraduate Research Commons is a dynamic research tool, and always evolving; we look forward to seeing it grow along with the undergraduate research produced at your institutions.
To learn more about how repository initiatives can support high-quality undergraduate publications, check out the webinar “Building an Outstanding Student Research Journal in the IR,” from Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Scholarly Communications Librarian, and Michael Seeborg, Professor of Economics, at Illinois Wesleyan University. And for a sense of how existing repository content can improve student learning outcomes and achieve curricular goals, see “Supporting Undergraduate Success: The Repository as a Curricular Tool,” a webinar from Sara Lowe, Assessment Officer and Librarian, and Sean Stone, Science and Asian Studies Librarian, at Claremont Colleges Library.