Volume VII of the Fordham Undergraduate Research Journal to be Released Wednesday

BRONX, NEW YORK – On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, the Fordham Undergraduate Research Journal (FURJ) will release its seventh installment during the Fordham Undergraduate Research Symposium, which will be held in the McGinley Center from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

Signifying the Journal’s high-regard, nearly forty research submissions from undergraduates in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences were submitted to publication consideration, with seven selected for print after a rigorous, double-blind peer and faculty review process. Likewise, the Journal received book reviews, including a review of Before the Fires: An Oral History of African American Life in the Bronx from the 1930s to the 1960s coauthored by Fordham’s Dr. Mark Naison and Bob Gumbs. Also considered for print were several news articles, all written by Fordham undergraduates, discussing current research at Fordham University, including an investigation into algorithmic randomness and analysis of psychological trauma in adolescents in the Bronx.

One fascinating research article designated for publication involves the study of smartwatch based transcription biometrics. In the piece, Francesco G. Ciuffo, FCRH ’17, showed how with the use of a smartwatch, it is possible to precisely determine what specific task an individual is engaging in, such as writing a short paragraph on paper.

“After receiving an overabundance of submissions for Volume VII, we deliberated tediously to select published articles for print as well as for web publication,” Editor-in-Chief Valerie Marquez Edwards said.  “As we move into Volume VIII, it is my hope that our web presence will be more interactive, and we’ve been working diligently with the future editors to ensure that we can publish as many articles as possible vis-à-vis the Fordham Research Repository next year.”

For students and faculty unable to pick up the latest installment during the Undergraduate Research Symposium, copies will be available at the Dean’s Offices at Rose Hill and Lincoln Center and will also be accessible on the Journal’s webpage.

Established in 2011, FURJ features peer-reviewed, original research articles, news articles, and book reviews conducted by undergraduate students at Fordham’s three campuses.

Questions about the Journal may be directed to the Editor-in-Chief at tfurj@fordham.edu.


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