• MSURJ Volume XIV

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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

  • Behind the Scenes

    Meet the students who make MSURJ happen.

    Howard Li


    Department: Biochemistry

    Research Interests: Structural study of Parkinson's disease proteins and functional genomics studies to cancer drug resistance

    General Interests: Cooking, Snowboarding, Fountain pens, Basketball

    Jacqueline Yao


    Department: Microbiology and Immunology

    Research Interests: HIV, electrochemistry

    General Interests: Classical piano, journalism, hiking

    Carrie Gu

    Managing Editor: Technology

    Department: Pharmacology

    Research Interests: Neuroendocrinology, genomics

    General Interests: Ultimate frisbee, food, music

    Mathilde Papillon

    Managing Editor: Journalism

    Department: Physics

    Research Interests: Astrophysics, particle physics

    General Interests: Chocolate, ballet

    Yingke Liang

    Managing Editor: Logistics

    Department: Biochemistry

    Research Interests: Antibiotic resistance, structure-function studies of proteins, phenotypes of sarcomas with gene fusions

    General Interests: Historical mathematicians, the amino acids, tyrosine

    Janet Wilson

    Managing Editor: Outreach

    Department: Physiology

    Research Interests: Climate change, immunology

    General Interests: Running, global health, singing

    Shannon Egan

    Managing Editor: Operations

    Department: Physics

    Research Interests: Particle physics, electroweak interactions, neural networks for data analysis

    General Interests: Soccer, photography, music

    Richard Yang

    Senior Editor

    Department: Biochemistry

    Research Interests: Combi-drug development

    General Interests: Cuisine, music, sleeping

    Laura Meng

    Senior Editor

    Department: Neuroscience

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

    General Interests: Teaching, science advocacy, riddles, forensics

    Janet Tang

    Senior Editor

    Department: Microbiology and Immunology

    Research Interests: Personalized cancer immunotherapy

    General Interests: Cooking, piano, sports

    Viet Hoang

    Senior Editor

    Department: Biology and Computer Science

    Research Interests: Diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson's, medical imaging technology

    General Interests: Eating, paleontology, cereal before milk

    Katharine Kocik

    Senior Editor

    Department: Biology and English

    Research Interests: Neuroscience, mental health and cognitive disorders, genomics

    General Interests: Sleeping

  • Publish with MSURJ



    Early Submission deadline: November 1, 2019

    Final Submission deadline: January 15, 2020


    The first round of papers are accepted from early submissions, and afterwards papers are accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline.


    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”. Data published in our journal is generally republishable in other scientific journals.


    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.


    Click for Guidelines.

    Click for Consent Form.


    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"

  • 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.

  • Discover...

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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)