Editorial Board

The Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal (OUR Journal) is an open access undergraduate research journal at the University of Oregon. It showcases some of the best research and publications by UO undergraduate students across all disciplines.  OURJ is edited and produced by an undergraduate student editorial board, comprised of individuals with rich writing, editing, and research experience and who are passionate about the publication of undergraduate work.
If you are interested in joining the OURJ editorial board please email ourj@uoregon.edu. 

2017-2018 Editorial Board:

Allison M. Zhou – Editor-in-Chief, Senior, Biology

Allison is a senior in the Clark Honors College studying biology with a neuroscience emphasis. She is a research assistant in the UO’s Learning Lab, a developmental psychology lab, and her research interests include language acquisition and cognitive development in children. Allison also works for the American English Institute and is the honors college Diversity Chair. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling.


Doug Sam – Editor, Senior, Geography and Environmental Science

Doug is a senior in the Clark Honors College studying environmental studies and geography with a minor in sociology. His research interests are primarily in environmental history and critically examining Indigenous geographies. He hopes to continue his education to one day become a professor of geography. Besides the journal, Doug serves as the president of the Clark Honors College Student Association, a member of the UO Common Reading Committee, and works for Orientation Programs welcoming new students to campus.

Sravya Tadepalli – Editor, Junior, Comparative Literature and Multimedia

Sravya is a junior studying political science and journalism and she is passionate about public policy and encouraging substantive political discourse and debate. Sravya placed 2nd at the USA World Schools Debate Invitational as a member of the South Oregon contingent in 2015 and now works as a debate coach for the Corvallis School District. She is also assistant news director at KWVA Radio, where she co-hosts a weekly roundtable show on Oregon politics.

Joshua Pearman – Editor, Sophomore, Psychology

Joshua is a sophomore psychology major in the Clark Honors College. He is a research assistant in the Social Affective Neuroscience Lab, and is working on developing research and data analysis skills to get into graduate school for Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Outside of academics, Joshua enjoys reading sci-fi novels and watching films with his friends.



Amber Shackelford – Graphic Designer, Junior, Planning, Public Policy, and Management

Amber Shackelford is a junior majoring in planning, public policy, and management with minors in environmental studies and political science. She plans on pursuing a graduate degree in urban planning and dreams of being a city planner in Portland, her hometown. In her spare time, Amber enjoys hiking, aerial arts, and planning vacations to faraway places.



Starla Chambrose — Editor, Freshman, Biology and History

Starla is a freshman in the Clark Honors College majoring in biology and history. She is interested in attending graduate school to study how the human genome can shed light on a variety of historical and demographic questions. She holds a black belt in Taekwondo and has completed the Oregon Music Teachers Association Piano Syllabus program “With Distinction.” In her free time, Starla enjoys going to sporting events, travelling, and watching Disney movies with friends.

Grieta King – Editor, Senior, Advertising and African Studies

Grieta King is a senior majoring in Advertising and minoring in African Studies. This summer, she will be studying abroad, learning Swahili in Zanzibar, Tanzania. She enjoys painting, reading, taking care of her plants, eating delicious food, swimming, biking, hiking, skiing, and spending her free time outside. After college, Grieta plans to work in the mountains and do extensive hiking before pursuing a career working for a magazine publication.

Faculty Advisors

  • Barbara Jenkins, Coordinator of Outreach and Special Programs, UO Libraries, University of Oregon
  • Kevin Dean Hatfield, Director of Academic, Residential, and Research Initiatives and Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, University of Oregon

Lucy Gubbins, Founding Chief Editor
Drew Serres, Founding Editor
JQ Johnson, University of Oregon Libraries

If you are interested in submitting your work to OURJ, please see our Submissions page for details on requirements and deadlines. For further questions, please contact ourj@uoregon.edu.