Ucr Research Paper


Cutting Edge Research that Reaches the World

Through Research and Economic Development and the dedicated work of faculty and student researchers in the pursuit of new knowledge, UC Riverside is fulfilling its role as the research university of Inland Southern California.

The university's research heritage, our resources and our location make it an ideal place for exploring air, water, energy, biodiversity, sustainability, land use, the habitat/agriculture interface and much more.

What we do and study here makes a difference to people every day: Every orange, lemon, lime and tangerine found on your grocer’s shelf has a genetic connection to the trees at our Citrus Research Collection. Our scientists have earned worldwide recognition for their expertise and breakthrough findings in the areas of plant sciences, environmental and natural resources and pest management.

Our recent research innovations include:

  • Engine technology that allows cars to run on a mix of hydrogen and natural gas.
  • New varieties of citrus and asparagus.
  • An efficient and clean method of turning waste materials into a sulfur-free diesel fuel.

We’re Making the World a Better Place, One Discovery at a Time.

  • In 1980, we released our first patented citrus variety, the Oroblanco grapefruit. Other citrus breeding program releases include the Melogold grapefruit and the Gold Nugget mandarin.
  • Plant physiologist Charles Coggins registered gibberellic acid for use in California citrus groves to delay fruit maturation. The ultimate result of his work was the extension of the citrus-growing season in California from four months to nine.

    For over 100 years, UCR has been instrumental in the improvement of citrus production.

  • In 1967, biochemist and molecular biologist Anthony Norman was one of two U.S. scientists working independently who isolated and described the chemical nature of a substance the public knew as vitamin D, but was, in fact, a steroid hormone. Several life-saving drug treatments were developed as a result of research by the Norman lab.
  • William Frankenberger, professor of soil microbiology and biochemistry, developed patented technologies using fungi and other microbial agents that naturally detoxify water contaminated with selenium, perchlorate, and nitrate.
  • Our high-energy physicists were part of an international effort that provided the world with evidence of the top quark — a fundamental particle which was first theorized about in the 1960s but never before observed.
  • Chemist Guy Bertrand and his research team were the first to create a stable singlet diradical, a development announced worldwide. The unique compound could lead to a new generation of non-metallic magnetic devices for medical imaging or electronics.
  • Plant pathologist Noel Keen and biochemist Fran Jurnak identified a previously unknown protein structure, the parallel beta-helix as part of Keen’s pioneering work in plant pathology.
  • Plant geneticist Michael Clegg led a research group that was the first to recover and decode ancient plant DNA genetic material from a magnolia leaf 20 million years old.
  • Geophysicist Harry Green II and graduate student Pamela Burnley provided the first explanation for “deep-focus earthquakes,” which occur 300 kilometers or more beneath the earth’s surface.

Undergraduate Research Journal

University of California, Riverside
Undergraduate Research Journal
2017-2018 Call for Papers and Cover Art

Submissions will be accepted throughout the academic year.  See below for quarterly deadlines.  Articles submitted after the noted deadline will be considered in the subsequent round of reviews:

Fall (ONLY for unpublished articles submitted in spring review):  October 13, 2017

Winter: January 5, 2018

Spring: March 30, 2018


The University of California Riverside Undergraduate Research Journal provides a student-edited multi-disciplinary journal that features the very best faculty-mentored undergraduate research and scholarship accomplished on our campus. This peer review process is managed by the Student Editorial Board (SEB) with guidance from the Faculty Advisory Board (FAB), and logistic support from Undergraduate Education’s Educational Initiatives. The Journal is sponsored by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

Prior to submission students should review the Paper Requirements, Paper Guidelines, and Paper Submission links.

Journal Timeline

Call for Articles


Accepted Articles Officially Notified

Journal Unveiling

F/W/SEnd of Each QuarterMid-AprilJune 
Students are encouraged to attend the following workshops to clarify expectations for successful article submission:

Publishing in the Undergraduate Research Journal Workshops:  See a SHORT PUBLISHING OVERVIEW VIDEO

Students interested in submitting articles to the Journal are required to attend a "Publishing in the Journal Workshop".  The workshops will be presented by a member of the Student Editorial Board who outline the expectations, will provide clarification and answer specific questions about preparing an article for submission.  Please visit the Student Success Workshops to find the list of available workshops and RSVP.  Be sure to look at the winter and spring tab for the dates.

Additionally, in support of the workshops the Student Editorial Board has prepared PUBLISHING VIDEO as a supplement to the required presentation.

For questions Contact the Journal:ugrj@ucr.edu

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