Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal, Volume 1, Issue 2 Now Available

Photo: Kaleb Wesolek, Spring 2021 Cover Artwork Award Winner
Aug. 15, 2021


On Friday, August 13, 2021, six undergraduate researchers published their manuscripts in the Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal’s Spring 2021 issue. This issue celebrates the work of undergraduate researchers representing five colleges - Lee Business School, School of Integrated Health Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, College of Sciences, and Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. 

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 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 celebrates the following articles: 

  • Lisa Ly, Racial Profiling: Understanding the Practice of Stop-and-Frisk in New York City
  • Yonosuke DeJesus and Guadalupe Moreno Ceballos, A Timeline of Discovery and Current Research on Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma and Emergence of Potentially Permanent Treatment Solutions
  • Dylone C. Braganza, Emmanuel Flores, Lauren Crew, Ryan Wirt, Andrew A. Ortiz, Adam M. McNeela, Jefferson W. Kinney, and James M. Hyman,  Diabetes Mellitus Affects Working Memory
  • Katie Gilbertson, The Future of the Live Entertainment Tax in Southern Nevada
  • Raisa Kabir, Manoj Sharma, Sayeda Tazim Zaidi, Chia-Liang Dai, Qualitative Review of Educational Interventions for Improving Physical Activity Behaviors in Older Asian Americans in the United States
  • Nathalie Martinez, The “East Side” of Las Vegas: A Latinx Historical Framework

In addition, this issue of Spectra featured the cover artwork of Kaleb Wesolek, a senior studying graphic design and media in the College of Fine Arts. Wesolek received the Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal 2021 Spring Issue Cover Artwork Award, a competitive award intended 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 award carries a $500 monetary prize and a plaque.

Yonosuke DeJesus, senior studying biological sciences within the College of Sciences, states that his publication experience was invaluable and provided a tremendous wealth of experience for his future academic and professional endeavors. Throughout the publication process, DeJesus notes that he not only gained a level of subject expertise but also developed a true understanding of organization, coordination, leadership and determination. He adds that he embarked on the project with the hopes of uncovering some of the mysteries of his own diagnosis (glaucoma) and can confidently say that he is so proud of the final product and how this journey has prepared him to realize his scientific potential.

Katie Gilbertson, a senior studying economics within the Lee Business School and Brookings public policy and information systems, says that publishing with Spectra has been a turning point in her undergraduate research career. She adds that it is very exciting to see her work make it in an academic journal and share her research with a larger audience. Gilbertson is thankful for this opportunity and recommends any researcher to publish with Spectra.

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

Read the Spring 2021 issue here: https://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/spectra/