Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal

 

The Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal (OURJ) is an open access undergraduate research journal at the University of Oregon. It showcases some of the best research and publications by UO undergraduate students across all disciplines.

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  • Harden, Jordan Kalani (University of Oregon, 2021-01)
    Within a hegemonic Western discourse, Hawai‘i is largely considered an aesthetic tourist destination. It is perceived to be a vacation haven, bountiful in opportunities for real estate, commodification, and gentrification. ...
  • Thielman, Miriam (University of Oregon, 2021-01)
    An increase in global immigration has resulted in humanitarian crises across the world as countries struggle to respond to the growing number of refugees and asylum seekers arriving at their borders. Understanding the ...
  • Evarts, Jacob; Capage, Mikala (University of Oregon, 2021-01)
    Prions have been closely associated with fatal neurodegenerative diseases. Recent evidence, however, suggests that prions also represent an additional class of epigenetic mechanism that is biologically beneficial. From an ...
  • Fellman, Dimitra (University of Oregon, 2021-01)
    The Social Hygiene Society of Portland, Oregon (later renamed the Oregon Social Hygiene Society - or OSHS) was founded in 1911 in order to combat venereal disease in the city and eventually across the state. Oregon’s efforts ...
  • Garcia, Alexis (University of Oregon, 2021-01)
    The Grave Stele of Hegeso (400 BCE) depicts a ‘mistress and maid’ scene and preserves valuable insights into elite iconography. The stele also explores the experiences of wealthy Athenian women in their social roles and ...
  • Unknown author (University of Oregon, 2021-01)
    Editorial board for Volume 18 Issue 1 Winter 2021 of Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal
  • Lawrence, Isais (University of Oregon, 2021-01)
    The illustration is focused around “emergy,” which is a word created from the term “embodied energy.” Emergy is the total energy used in the life cycle of a product; it is the energy required both directly and indirectly ...
  • Fisher, Scott (University of Oregon, 2021-01)
    My undergraduate research experiences completely changed my life and career trajectory! I credit my early research work to leading me to become a Staff Scientist at the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii, build camera systems ...
  • Chambrose, Starla (University of Oregon, 2021-01)
    I know I’m not the only one who is more than a little glad that 2020 is finally behind us. Yet while I was reflecting on all the tumult of the last year, I wondered if I should be so quick to try and wipe it all from my ...
  • Salter, Sophia (University of Oregon, 2021-01)
    This piece is the last in my series that explores how people respond to grief and trauma. The two people holding hands represent the hope and healing that come after the acceptance of a traumatic experience and the need ...
  • Singsank, Lauralei (University of Oregon, 2020-08)
    Sook Ching is a Chinese term meaning “purge through cleansing.” Operation Sook Ching took place in Singapore from February 21 to March 4, 1942. It was a military operation carried out by the Japanese with the intent of ...
  • Hollenbeck, Jakob (University of Oregon, 2020-08)
    When California Governor George Deukmejian assumed office in 1983, the state had not added to its twelve prisons in eighteen years. During his two terms, Deukmejian oversaw the construction of eight prisons — a 67% ...
  • Grudzien, Ania (University of Oregon, 2020-08)
    Nobel Prize winner Czesław Miłosz is one of the most influential poets, prosiest, philosophers, and diplomats, his works spanning two centuries and multiple continents. Born in 1911, in what is now modern-day Lithuania, ...
  • Lancaster, Ruben (University of Oregon, 2020-08)
    Mating is vital for sexually reproducing species, yet the ideal mating strategy for males and females can differ. The ensuing conflict between the sexes – namely, sexual conflict – results in a decrease in population level ...
  • Ginieczki, Taylor (University of Oregon, 2020-08)
    This article investigates the reciprocal relationship between identity and conflict, focusing the inquiry on the violent dissolution of Yugoslavia and the resulting Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s. A brief history of nationalist ...
  • Adler, Melissa (University of Oregon, 2020-08)
    Studies show that emotion enhances memory for individual items but weakens memory for associations between items (Bisby & Burgess, 2014). One explanation for this associative memory impairment is that emotional stimuli ...
  • Unknown author (University of Oregon, 2020-08)
    Editorial board for Volume 17 Issue 1 Spring 2020 of Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal
  • Condon, David M (University of Oregon, 2020-08)
    A shared experience among many graduate students is the dawning realization that the vaunted privilege of having one's scholarly work accepted for publication is also a fleecing. The exact terms of this fleecing depend on ...
  • Chambrose, Starla (University of Oregon, 2020-08)
    It would be an understatement, I think, to say that the last few months have been an unexpected challenge. From the COVID-19 pandemic to the racial injustice sparking civil unrest across the country, the headlines that ...
  • Kalman, Audrey (University of Oregon, 2020-08)
    Hayward Field is the quintessential setting for track and field, and the new Hayward Field will be central to the sport moving forward. This embodiment of progress is analogous to the undergraduate research conducted at ...

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