• MSURJ Volume XV

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  • What is MSURJ?

    When the McGill Science Undergraduate Research Journal (MSURJ) launched in Fall 2005 as a student-run initiative to promote and support undergraduate research, it was one of North America’s first peer-reviewed journals devoted to undergraduate work. The journal offers undergraduate students from any university the unique opportunity to publish their findings to the McGill research community.


    The journal distinguishes itself with its rigorous editorial process; we hold our articles to a high standard of scientific acumen and writing quality: each incoming submission is first revised by our student editorial board. Qualifying articles are then submitted to our peer-reviewers, professors, and graduate students who hail from universities all over the world.


    Our diverse editors, united by the mandate to promote undergraduate research, are involved in all journal operations, from soliciting research articles to coordinating the peer-review process and launching the journal. We encourage anyone with strong writing and editing skills and an academic interest in science to apply in the Fall semester of the school year.


    In addition to providing students with the opportunity to participate directly in the publication process, MSURJ is always looking for ways to encourage student involvement in all things research. In the upcoming school year, we will be hosting a new array of scientific activities to the McGill community ranging from R-workshops to research seminars.


    For more information on our upcoming events, please like us on Facebook

  • Peer-Review Process

    The steps to publishing with MSURJ.


    MSURJ Editorial Board Review

    All received submissions are first read and evaluated by the MSURJ editorial board, on the basis of the publication criteria. Rejected submissions are returned to the authors, with a point-form evaluation of the manuscript if requested.





    The short-listed articles undergo the peer-review process. Copies of the manuscript are sent to the selected reviewers, who are knowledgeable professors or graduate students in the given field. Upon receipt of the reviews, the comments are combined with those of the editorial board to reach a decision of the article’s suitability for publication.



    Conditional Acceptance or Rejection

    The conditional publication decision, comments from reviewers, and, if requested, a point-form evaluation of the article justifying the decision are forwarded to the author. In order for publication of the article to proceed, outstanding issues in the manuscript must be amended in accordance with the recommendations and resubmitted.

  • Article Submissions are Closed for 2019-2020

    We welcome original submissions from undergraduate students studying at any university. We publish research articles and review papers - interest pieces should be directed towards our blog, “The Abstract.” We always encourage authors to submit articles before the deadline; although it does not improve your chances of acceptance, it allows for more time to complete all edits.


    All articles are peer-reviewed by two or more professors or graduate students from the relevant field; all pieces also undergo rigorous style and copy-editing by our editorial board. Above all, we seek to publish well-written articles demonstrating scientific acumen as well as accessibility to the general scientific readership. We encourage authors to write engaging manuscripts and limit technical jargon.


    Submission opening: November 15, 2019
    Submission deadline (extended): January 26, 2020

  • Publish with MSURJ

    Submission opening: November 15, 2019

    Submission deadline (extended): January 26, 2020


    All submissions must meet these criteria to be considered for publication:

    1. The article, in the following format:
      • All papers should be double-spaced throughout.
      • Limit length to ~4000 words.  We will tolerate up to 4500 words, although this is not ideal. These numbers exclude references.
      • Article must be in .doc, .docx, or .tex format.
      • Font: Times New Roman, 12-point font.
      • Format citations and references in Vancouver style only.
    2. Signed Consent Form (we consider the submission an automatic rejection without it). 
    3. Separate file containing figures, appropriately labelled.
      • Individual figures, appropriately labelled. 
        • Minimum image resolution is 300 DPI.
        • .tiff, .png, or .jpg format.
      • Document with appropriately labelled figure and table captions. Each caption is to begin with the text “Fig. #.” or “Table #” in boldface.
      • If you wish to include any previously published table or figure, you must include a written permission from the main author.


    Please refer to the following documents for further information and instructions regarding the article submission process. A template for Latex submissions is available for download below. The .zip file contains a class msurj-pan.cls that defines template features, a main.tex file which explains the main features and gives examples, a refs.bib example bibliography, and a folder containing MSURJ graphics. The project should compile without issue if you upload these 4 components to an Overleaf project. If you are using your own Latex compiler and have trouble using the template, please contact shannon.egan@mail.mcgill.ca


    Click for Author Instructions.

    Click for Consent Form.

    Click for Latex Template.


    To submit, please place your article and pictures in a zip folder and email the zip folder and consent form to applymsurj.sus@mail.mcgill.ca with the express title "LAST NAME, FIRST NAME: Manuscript Submission"

  • Behind the Scenes

    Meet the students who make MSURJ happen.

    Howard Li


    Department: Biochemistry

    Research Interests: Cancer genomics, targeted therapy

    General Interests: Basketball, food, cats, snowboarding

    Jacqueline Yao


    Department: Microbiology and Immunology

    Research Interests: Endocrinology, deubiquitinase

    General Interests: Listening to podcasts, running, dance

    Carrie Gu

    Managing Editor: Technology

    Department: Pharmacology

    Research Interests: Neuroendocrinology, personalized medicine, antibiotic resistance

    General Interests: Ultimate frisbee, cooking, music

    Yingke Liang

    Managing Editor: Logistics

    Department: Biochemistry

    Research Interests: Structural biology of proteins, x-ray crystallography, cryo-EM

    General Interests: Eating food, playing the recorder, PyMol

    Janet Wilson

    Managing Editor: Outreach

    Department: Physiology

    Research Interests: Cardiac arrythmias, exercise physiology

    General Interests: Singing, running, being outside

    Mathilde Papillon

    Managing Editor: Journalism

    Department: Physics

    Research Interests: Exoplanets, Lagrangian mechanics of dance

    General Interests: Dance, chocolate, fishing

    Shannon Egan

    Managing Editor: Operations

    Department: Physics

    Research Interests: Particle physics and the Standard Model, topological materials, theoretical physics

    General Interests: Soccer, bouldering, photography

    Richard Yang

    Senior Editor

    Department: Pharmacology

    Research Interests: Anti-cancer drug development

    General Interests: Eating food, cats

    Viet Hoang

    Senior Editor

    Department: Biology and Computer Science

    Research Interests: Multiple sclerosis, diffusion MRI, white matter tractography

    General Interests: Paleontology, food, math

    Laura Meng

    Senior Editor

    Department: Neuroscience

    Research Interests: Role of the imprinted gene network in retinal regeneration

    General Interests: Teaching, science advocacy, riddles, forensics

    Katharine Kocik

    Senior Editor

    Department: Molecular Biology and English Literature

    Research Interests: Epigenetics, circadian rhythms, mental illness

    General Interests: Visual arts

    Janet Tang

    Senior Editor

    Department: Microbiology and Immunology

    Research Interests: Neuroinflammation, chronic pain

    General Interests: Piano, cooking

    Elias Andraos


    Department: Chemistry

    Research Interests: Energy storage, materials chemistry

    General Interests: Cooking, cycling

    Michael Agaby


    Department: Math and Computer Science

    Research Interests: Machine Learning applications, computational biology

    General Interests: Hockey, reading

    Alina He


    Department: Neuroscience

    Research Interests: Synaptic plasticity, neurodegeneration

    General Interests: Painting, cats

    Jenny Zheng


    Department: Biology and Computer Science

    Research Interests: Genetics, computational biology

    General Interests: Baking, reading

    Sofia Reynoso


    Department: Biology

    Research Interests: Genetic engineering, bioethics

    General Interests: Music history, rock climbing, and travelling

    Ryan Huang


    Department: Life Sciences

    Research Interests: Endocrinology, diabetes

    General Interests: Piano, chocolate, reading

    John Ni


    Department: Life Sciences

    Research Interests: Neurogenetics

    General Interests: Soccer, cooking

  • Donate to MSURJ

    Please note that this a donation for MSURJ, which is directed through the Science Undergraduate Society (SUS). We kindly ask that you write "For MSURJ" under the notes section of the donation page.

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  • MSURJ Alumni

    The people who have made MSURJ great. Includes MSURJ board members from 2016 onward.

    Alexander Chatron-Michaud

    Editor-in-Chief (2016)

    Sapan Patel

    Editor-in-Chief (2016)

    Lavinia Lee

    Managing Editor (2016)

    Helen Lai

    Managing Editor (2016)

    Jasmine Li-Brubacher

    Senior Editor (2016)

    Nick Pant

    Editor-in-Chief (2017)

    Rachel Greben

    Editor-in-Chief (2017)

    Cheng Lin

    Editor (2017)

    Sebastian Andric

    Editor-in-Chief (2018)

    Abtin Ameri

    Managing Editor: Technology (2018)

    Deifilia To

    Managing Editor: Journalism (2018)

    Graydon Tope

    Managing Editor: Outreach (2018)

  • Contact Us

    McGill Science Undergraduate Research Journal
    805 Sherbrooke St. West Room 1B21
    Montréal, QC H3A 2K6

    Email: msurj.sus@mail.mcgill.ca

    P. 514.398.6979 | F. 514.398.6766 (Science Undergraduate Society)