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.

2016-2017 Editorial Board:

Sandra Dorning – Editor-in-Chief, Senior, Marine Biology

Sandra is a senior in the Clark Honors College planning to graduate with a degree in Marine Biology and a minor in Political Science this spring. She has served on the OURJ editorial board since spring 2014, and became Editor-in-Chief in November 2016. She recently defended her honors thesis on the ecology of an invasive sea squirt species in Oregon’s Coos Estuary, and plans to pursue a career in marine environmental policy.

Patrick Dunham – Editor, Junior, Comparative Literature and Multimedia

Patrick Dunham is a junior pursuing a major in Comparative Literature and a minor in Multimedia. He joined OURJ in Winter 2017 and other publications he is involved with on campus are Ethos Magazine, Unbound Journal, and Oregon Voice. His academic interests include computer-generated poetry, the digital fragmentation of identity, and cinema studies.

Erik Gleim – Editor, Sophomore, Philosophy and English

Erik Gleim is an undergraduate student of English and philosophy. He has presented research on Nietzsche and plans to move on to study Heidegger and ancient Greek philosophy in graduate school. Additionally, he finds philosophical literature, especially Kafka, Dostoevsky, and Nietzsche’s poetic and literary works to be fruitful bridges between the worlds of art and philosophy. He finds editing for OURJ to be a wonderful opportunity for him to read, investigate, and learn about a number of research topics that he has not been exposed to in the past, and serve to exemplify the excellence of important undergraduate research conducted at the U of O.

Grieta King – Editor, Junior, Advertising and African Studies

Grieta King is a junior 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.

Joshua Pearman – Editor, Freshman, Psychology

Joshua is a freshman 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, Sophomore, Planning, Public Policy, and Management

Amber Shackelford is a sophomore 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.

Ainsley Taylor – Editor, Senior, Biology and Biochemistry

Ainsley is a biochemistry and biology double major, and a student of the Clark Honors College. Caffeine ensures she exists among the living, while her goal of entering medical school guarantees her relationship with the undead. OURJ has helped Ainsley refine her management and organization skills.

Jocelyn Taylor – Editor, Senior, Biology

Jocelyn Taylor is a senior majoring in Biology with a Pre-Medical focus and minoring in Chemistry. She is part of the Clark Honors College which means she is currently completing her thesis titled “The Effect of Muscle Fatigue on Single- and Dual-Task Walking and Obstacle-Crossing in Young Adults” in association with the Motion Analysis Laboratory. Jocelyn is a board member of the Student Health Advisory Committee and shadows various physical therapists around Eugene in preparation of entering a doctorate of physical therapy program. In her free time, Jocelyn enjoys exploring the food scene in Eugene and trying to make her roommates laugh.

Allison Zhou – Editor, Junior, Biology

Allison is a junior in the Clark Honors College studying biology with a neuroscience emphasis. She has been on the OURJ editorial board since winter 2016. 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. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling.

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.