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Jumr: Journal Of Undergraduate Materials Research

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008



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Professional Development in Materials Engineering

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13.823.1 - 13.823.7



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Susan Holt MSE at VT

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Susan Holt is a graduate research assistant in Materials Science and Engineering at Virginia Tech. She was a member of the inaugural editorial board for JUMR and continues her membership on the editorial board as the Communications and Data Manager. She is currently working on her PhD in MSE and plans to teach in academia when she graduates.

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Journal of Undergraduate Materials Research (JUMR)


The Journal of Undergraduate Materials Research (JUMR) is a scientific journal dedicated to research performed by undergraduate students in materials related fields. JUMR is published annually and is a student run endeavor. The editorial board is currently made up of graduate and undergraduate students from many departments including the Departments of English and Materials Science and Engineering. The primary goal of the journal is to provide a venue for undergraduates to publish research performed in materials related fields. The secondary goals are to provide opportunities for undergraduates to practice their communication skills and learn about peer-reviewed publications, as well as providing opportunities for editorial board members to participate in the administration of creating a peer-reviewed publication.


The Journal of Undergraduate Materials Research (JUMR) was developed in 2004 by the department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at Virginia Tech. The primary purpose of this journal is to provide undergraduate students a chance to publish their research. The secondary purposes are to provide undergraduate and graduate students experience with the full publishing process.


In August of 2004, MSE graduate students at Virginia Tech formed the first editorial board for JUMR. The project was conceived after the department head received several publications from other departments which had a wide variety of formats and various depths into materials research. He discussed the possibilities of creating a publication for the Virginia Tech MSE department with Diane Folz. After several conversations, it was decided to make a student run publication focused on undergraduate materials research. Diane then contacted the graduate student officer for the university chapter of MEPS (Materials Engineering Professional Societies), Ben Poquette. When Ben and Diane started discussing ideas, the publication evolved from a smaller endeavor into something closer to the professional journals, even though it would still be student run.1

Ben contacted others who would be interested in starting this undergraduate materials research journal and investigated what publications currently existed for undergraduate research. Most of those publications were multidisciplinary and only accepted work from their own schools. The Virginia Tech students wanted to take the idea a step further by focusing on MSE and including work from other schools.2

The first editorial board did not yet have the mechanisms in place to accept submissions from other schools, so they drew the papers from the MSE senior design class of that year. The first edition of JUMR was dedicated to Alfred Knobler due to his vision to encourage collaboration between the English and MSE departments.3

Holt, S. (2008, June), Jumr: Journal Of Undergraduate Materials Research Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--4495

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