About UReCA: The NCHC Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

Our vision is an academic community without borders, a connected network of aspirational students committed to the advancement of knowledge and appreciation of the arts. UReCA: The NCHC Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity fosters the exchange of intellectual and creative work between undergraduate students, providing a platform where students can engage with and contribute to the advancement of their individual fields.

Our mission is to curate relevant, progressive and academic content that appeals to the undergraduate student. We, the creators, are also the audience, and therefore are attuned to the interests of our peers; we commit ourselves to becoming the number one undergraduate journal in the nation. UReCA: The NCHC Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity is sponsored by the National Collegiate Honors Council, and is currently managed, edited and produced by a team of twenty-nine undergraduate students from each of the NCHC regions and a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Though diverse, we share a common goal: the production of a prestigious national journal, for students, by students.

Students interested in submitting their creative work or undergraduate research can find more information on the submission process below.


Student Editorship Positions

For those students who wish to be a part of the publication process, UReCA offers yearly student editorship positions. Each year, the journal seeks to recruit a number of  Associate Editors with diverse academic backgrounds from universities across the United States. Associate Editors are responsible for the review of creative work submissions and research submissions that the journal receives. Associate Editors provide feedback and revision suggestions to authors of the selected pieces while working with the Managing Editor and Production Team to develop and maintain the journal throughout the academic year, a process which culminates with the publication of the journal each November. Associate Editors also hold positions on committees that contribute to the success of the journal in various ways. In the past, students have enjoyed the unique work and experience that UReCA offers them.

"Working with UReCA has been incredible. I am amazed at the ways students are making interventions in their respective disciplines. My only regret is that I didn’t join sooner." - Jhédienne Adams
"UReCA gave me new perspectives on not only undergraduate research, including my own, but on what it means to be on a team of like-minded individuals all promoting the ideals of a liberal arts education." - Meagan Carmack

In order to apply, students must be pursuing their undergraduate degrees and be enrolled in an honors program or college that is a member of NCHC. The strongest of applicants will have relevant research or editorial experience and will demonstrate sufficient knowledge relevant to their field of study. Those students who are selected will serve for the duration of one academic year with the opportunity to return upon invitation. Please see the application for Student Editorships below for more information. We hope to see your application soon!




UReCA: The NCHC Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity is actively accepting submissions for publication. Any student currently enrolled in a bachelor’s or associate’s undergraduate degree program is eligible to submit their work. Students from any institution are welcome to submit their work, however we request that foreign language submissions be accompanied by an English language translation.

When reviewing submissions, the UReCA Editorial Board looks for pieces that identify and meet a specific goal with a central idea outlined in the artist or author statement. The piece’s content should take risks and push the reader to think differently while demonstrating a mastery of style with a distinctive voice.

We are a triple-blind, peer-reviewed journal, that is managed by a team of undergraduate students from honors programs across the United States. Submissions are judged solely on the basis of content. Submissions must be void of all identifying information in order to ensure our blind review process is successful. Do not include your name as part of the file name. Do not include your college affiliation, the name of your advisor, or any other identifying information within your work. The reviewers will only see the documents you attach, so please be sure to include an artist statement briefly describing your creative piece. If your piece is selected, this statement will be used in the journal as a description of the piece. We may ask that you send files unembedded from within your document. 

Our panel of editors may request that certain edits be implemented as a condition of publication. Should you have any questions about the submission process, please email us at editor@nchc-ureca.com. 

Submissions for the 2019 edition will close on August 18th, 2019 at 12:00 am EDT. All submissions after that date will be considered for the 2020 edition. The UReCA Editorial Board looks forward to your submission. 

UReCA: The NCHC Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity is actively accepting submissions for publication. Any student currently enrolled in a bachelor’s or associate’s undergraduate degree program is eligible to submit their work. Students from any institution are welcome to submit their work, however we request that foreign language submissions be accompanied by an English language translation.

When reviewing submissions, the UReCA Editorial Board looks for pieces that identify and meet a specific goal, sufficiently addressing a question and generating results that are meaningful both to the specific field of study and to a larger audience.The piece’s content should exhibit originality as well as practice sound research methods pertinent to the issue at hand.

We are a triple-blind, peer-reviewed journal, that is managed by a team of undergraduate students from honors programs across the United States. Submissions are judged solely on the basis of content. Submissions must be void of all identifying information in order to ensure our blind reivew process is successful. Do not include your name as part of the file name. Do not include your college affiliation, the name of your advisor, or any other identifying information within your work. The reviewers will only see the documents you attach, so please include any essential information in this portion of the application. 

Regarding length, we ask that submissions be limited to 7,500 words. References do not contribute to word count. In regard to formatting for research papers and essays, we prefer MLA styling for the humanities and creative works and APA styling for all other categories. However, we will accept other styles appropriate to your field if you explicitly note the citation style in your submission. For text that is accompanied by graphics, we may ask that you send those files unembedded from within your document. 

Our panel of editors may request that certain edits be implemented as a condition of publication. Should you have any questions about the submission process, please email us at editor@nchc-ureca.com. 

Submissions for the 2019 edition will close on August 18th, 2019 at 12:00 am EDT. All submissions after that date will be considered for the 2020 edition. The UReCA Editorial Board looks forward to your submission. 

UReCA strives to further the exchange of scientific and creative work between undergraduate students by providing a platform where students can contribute to their academic community. Here is a link to the site: http://www.nchc-ureca.com/.

We are looking to recruit new Associate Editors with diverse academic backgrounds from universities across the United States. Associate Editors are responsible for the selection of creative work and research articles that will appear on the website. Additionally, Associate Editors provide feedback and revision suggestions to authors of the selected pieces. In order to apply, students must be pursuing their undergraduate degrees and be enrolled in an honors program or college that is a member of NCHC.

The selection of editors for UReCA is a competitive process. Applications should consist of the following:

·       Resume (please only include academic activities or relevant work experience)

·       Statement of interest (single page)

·       A letter of approval from your Honors Director committing to send you to the NCHC conference. 

Honors directors must commit to providing travel and lodging to the annual NCHC conference during the fall semester where the UReCA team meets and presents the newly-published journal. Honors directors should also confirm that students are in good academic standing with their program. This is not a full letter of recommendation but rather a letter of affirmation and support. The letter can be uploaded by the student through Submittable or emailed by the faculty member to editor@nchc-ureca.com.

Selected editors will take part in a four-day summer editing bootcamp at Bryce Canyon, Utah. This year's bootcamp will take place from May 28 to May 31. Our trip to Bryce Canyon serves as an opportunity to discuss operation of the journal and selection standards. This trip is subsidized in part by the National Collegiate Honors Council and is an integral part of the publication process that allows new Associate Editors to be fully introduced and trained in the UReCA review process. At Bryce Canyon, new Associate Editors are separated into committees; in previous years, committees have focused on outreach, proofing, editorial work, and graphic and web design. As such, applicants are obligated to attend should they accept an invitation to be an Associate Editor. Selected editors will serve for one academic year and will be allowed to reapply for the next cycle.

The deadline for application is February 1, 2020. All applications will be handled through our submissions manager: https://ureca.submittable.com/submit. Please direct any questions to our Editor-in-Chief at editor@nchc-ureca.com

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