Samford Undergraduate Research Journal

Sponsored and staffed by the University Fellows Program, the Samford Undergraduate Research Journal (SURJ) is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal open to submissions from all Samford undergraduates. SURJ is looking for the best research in any discipline offered at Samford University. Read SURJ


Department of Communication and Media

Sojourn is the literary arts magazine of Samford University. This biannual magazine features photography, poetry, art and short stories by both Samford students and faculty.

Wide Angle: A Journal of Literature and Film

Department of English

A joint publication between English majors and faculty, Wide Angle journal embodies the interdisciplinary nature of the Department of English at Samford University. It provides a venue for all Samford students, faculty and staff to publish their best critical and creative work. Read Wide Angle

Summer Research Programs

Arts and Sciences Program for Independent Research

The Arts and Sciences Program for Independent Research (ASPIRE) is a one-on-one, faculty guided summer research experience for undergraduates. Since 2004, ASPIRE students have been rolling up their sleeves to do original research. They’ve waded Alabama rivers to collect water samples and spent long nights decoding DNA strands. They’ve scoured old prison records for information about historic civil rights cases and conducted interviews with survivors of the civil war in Bosnia. They’ve climbed mountains in Ecuador for information about changing climate patterns and uncovered 2000-year-old civilizations in Israel. Many of them describe their research as the best educational experience they’ve had in college.

Alabama Power Foundation Research Fellowships

In 2007, the Alabama Power Foundation made a $250,000 investment in the University Fellows program. This gift established the APF Research Fellowships, competitive grants available exclusively to University Fellows. Previous recipients have conducted summer research in fields such as chemistry, classics, computer science and political science. These projects have resulted in conference presentations and scholarly publications, and have proven to be valuable preparation for graduate study.

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Samford Students Win First and Third Place in National Undergraduate Research Competition
The Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) hosted its 11th Annual Undergraduate Research Competition during their conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2-5, 2022. Two Samford University students, Catherine Buchanan and Sydney Rennich, won first and third place, respectively.
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Samford Launches Research Advisory Collaborative to Showcase Faculty, Student Scholarship and Research
The goal of the collaborative is to highlight the research taking place on campus and encourage future research for students and faculty.
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Female Student Entrepreneurs Excel in Business Pitch Competitions Showcasing their Platforms to Empower Women
Samford student entrepreneurs Kylie Pitt and Haley Batson recently competed in business pitch competitions to help further their business goals. In addition to the opportunity to win cash prizes and have unparalleled networking opportunities with successful entrepreneurs, both students had the chance to spotlight their platforms, which aim to empower women, on large stages.
Kinesiology Students Present Research at Southeastern Conference
Forty-two Samford University Kinesiology students traveled to Greenville, South Carolina to present their research at the 2022 Southeast American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM) annual conference.
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Antwi-Fordjour Earns Grant for Infectious Disease Research
Math and computer science professor Kwadwo Antwi-Fordjour will lead student researchers in a project to utilize biological control measures via mathematical modeling of systems of differential equations for the control of infectious disease.
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Project SAMson Shows Results in First Year: Improves Athlete Performance, Reduces Number of Injuries
Since its launch last year, the collaborative program has already improved the performance of the university’s athletes and helped with injury prevention and recovery.
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Samford Business Student-Athlete to Present Thesis at 2022 National Council on Undergraduate Research
Samford student-athlete Peter Renkoski has been selected to present his senior sports marketing thesis at the 2022 National Council on Undergraduate Research, the premiere conference dedicated to the celebration and promotion of undergraduate research and student achievement.
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For Computer Science Students, Internships, Research Are Essential Steps On Career Path
A panel moderated by professor Greg Kawell this fall introduced students to the internships and external research experiences for undergraduates (REUs) that can have a profound impact on career paths.
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Thomas Takes Research to SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum
Sarah Thomas, a biology major and neuroscience minor, presented a project she has been working on since she was a sophomore with the guidance of mentor David Johnson.
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Samford to Host Science and Theology Conference
Beeson Divinity School, the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies and the Department of Christian Ministry will host the Spring Theology Conference of the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding January 13-15, 2022.
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Samford Research Examines Media Characterizations of Interactions Between Police, Black Girls and Women
Professors Theresa Davidson and Niya Pickett Miller, and student Kaylar Pettway, presented timely interdisciplinary research at the Mid-South Sociological Association Annual Conference.