Aug. 31, 2022


On Wednesday, August 31, 2022, OUR’s Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal’s Spring 2022 issue went live with seven undergraduate research articles. This issue celebrates the work of undergraduate researchers representing seven academic departments - Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Department of Philosophy, Department of World Languages and Cultures, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences, School of Life Sciences, Department of Psychology, and Department of Computer Science.

Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal is a bi-annual, peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, open-access journal dedicated to the publication of undergraduate student research at UNLV. Created and managed by the Office of Undergraduate Research and hosted through the UNLV University Libraries Digital@Scholarship, the journal is committed to advancing responsible and ethical conduct of research, academic integrity, civil discourse, open and critical inquiry, and fair and unbiased representation of undergraduate student research across the academic spectrum. 

This issue features the following research articles: 

  1. Ambree E. Papa Shoetker & Manoj Sharma, Ph.D., Narrative Review of COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: Evidence in Late 2021
  2. Kyle Joshua Q. Catarata, Why Imre Lakatos’s Account of Science is Superior
  3. Shauna M. Mellor, The Utilization of CRISPR/Cas9 in Monogenic Disorders
  4. Madelyn Colbert, Using Motor Imagery as an Alternative to Exercise for Improvement of Mental Health: A Qualitative Investigation
  5. Fitsum A. Ayele, Orei Z. Odents, & Kimberly A. Barchard, Ph.D., Emotional Resilience Emerges as Novel Aspect of Meta-Mood Experience: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis Accounting for Data Censoring
  6. Janelle Domantay, How Facial Features Convey Attention in Stationary Environments
  7. Merika Charupoom, Yasmeen Hernandez, Emily Carter, Nicole Juliana Thomas, M.S., & Tina Vo, Ph.D., Understanding Inservice Middle School Teachers’ Views of Nature of Science (VNOS)

In addition, the Spring 2022 issue showcases the cover artwork of Rachel Dewald, an incoming Psychological and Brain Sciences doctoral student. Dewald received the Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal Spring 2022 Cover Artwork Award which intends to foster student participation in the undergraduate research publication process and to better incorporate artistic and creative works into research at UNLV. Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, the competitive award carries a $250 monetary prize and a plaque.

All UNLV students and their mentors are encouraged to submit their research to Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal for publication.

Read the Spring 2022 issue here.