A new student-run undergraduate science journal was announced this morning. The Trinity Student Scientific Review (TSSR), modelled on the Trinity Economic Review, aims to allow undergraduate students to be published and gain recognition for their work, in addition to offering the college an excellent showcase of strong undergraduate academic ability.
The journal will this year comprise of 20 reviews under three broad sections, namely physics, biology, and chemistry. The project is being lead by a team of five Junior Sophister students who come from a range of course within college, and has so far received support from academics including Dr. Andrew Jackson and Dr. Natalie Cooper of the School of Zoology, Prof. Werner Blau of the School of Physics, and Dr. Mike Southern of the School of Chemistry.
“It’s been a hectic week since we first came up with the idea, but we’ve made the most of it,” Georgia O’Sullivan, one the Review’s general managers said when speaking to Trinity News earlier today. “Having secured funding from the Faculty of Engineering, Maths and Science, as well as support from a few extremely dedicated academics in the fields we hope to cover, we’ve achieved a lot so far.”
It is understood the submission process will consist of reviews being shortlisted by the editorial committee assigned to each section, and will then this list being further reduced to the top five by an Academic Oversight Committee. The chosen submissions will then be published in the journal, which the team hope will be launched in early March.
“We have a lot left to do in the little time we have,” said Dan McDermott, the editor of the journal’s biology sector. “We’ve already had to make some tough calls on what sections to include, and it all came down to how much time it would take to set up the framework to support them. We hope that by the time the TSSR is launched, we will have laid sufficient groundwork for next years team to come in and build on what we started. For the moment though, we are mainly concerned with producing a publication of a high standard.”
The deadline for submission to the review is January 20th, 2015. More information about the TSSR, the submission process, and the team behind it can be found here.