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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  • Aghel, Parsa (University of Oregon, 2021-06)
    The term Anthropocene, denoting the era where human activity is the greatest influence on the environment and climate, marks a new era of climate change theory and understanding. This paper, though, looks at existing ...
  • Mingus, Kyra (University of Oregon, 2021-06)
    Biases and heuristics are mental shortcuts that help guide our daily decision making and cognitive processing but can often lead us astray when they account for inaccurate or misinterpreted information. In this review I ...
  • Grove, Cassian (University of Oregon, 2021-06)
    The vilification and subsequent destruction of feminine robots is a surprisingly common trope in film and literature. This essay draws connections between three very different works—Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, Villier’s ...
  • Sproul, Conrad (University of Oregon, 2021-06)
    In the 1950s, psychedelic drugs were the subject of extensive psychiatric research in the United States. By 1960, they had been found to be non-addictive, to have remarkable safety profiles, and to potentially be able to ...
  • Unknown author (University of Oregon, 2021-06)
    Editorial board for Volume 19 Issue 1 Spring 2021 of Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal
  • Lake, Anna (University of Oregon, 2021-06)
    This photo series was taken while out in the field for a class at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB), the coastal campus of the University of Oregon. These pictures represent the small intricacies in the beautifully ...
  • von Raven, Billy (University of Oregon, 2021-06)
    “A Child’s Map of a Future World” is a mixed media work on wood panel that investigates how a future descendant might map a world of climate breakdown using accumulated everyday fragments. These fragments were chosen ...
  • Millar, Lanie (University of Oregon, 2021-06)
    What does it mean to do research during a global pandemic? Many of us have grappled with challenges and tragedies over the past year, but we also acquired new skills as our educational lives shifted largely or entirely ...
  • Chambrose, Starla (University of Oregon, 2021-06)
    As for many students this past year, the COVID-19 pandemic completely derailed my research plans. I had been working on my thesis in a lab in the Institute of Ecology and Evolution since the winter of my sophomore year. ...
  • Bauer, Temerity (University of Oregon, 2021-06)
    Our research community at the University of Oregon is a brain. Each researcher represents a singular neuron, microglia, ion transport channel or other part of the complex machinery that plays a crucial role in our ‘brain’ ...
  • 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 ...

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