Sponsored and staffed by the University Fellows Program at Samford University, 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.

Submission Guidelines

Authors must be currently enrolled Samford students or recently graduated Samford students. Recent graduates may submit research done at Samford no more than a year after graduation.

Submissions are now open for the fall. Please submit your paper to surj@samford.edu. Submissions must be research-based, between 3,000 and 10,000 words, and accompanied by a 150-200 word abstract. All submissions must use the documentation style appropriate to the author’s discipline. Submissions without appropriate documentation will be returned to the author.  

Creative work (poetry, fiction, drama, personal essays, etc.) will not be considered.


Dr. Bryan Johnson, Advisor

In addition to serving as director of University Fellows, Bryan Johnson is a professor of English at Samford University, where he has taught since 1995. While Johnson is a specialist in creative writing (poetry) and literary theory, he has also taught courses in 20th-century poetry, film, comparative literature and the philosophy and literature of science. Johnson is an active scholar-poet, and his work has appeared in the Paris Review, the Denver Quarterly, the Western Humanities Review, American Letters and Commentary, Free Verse, Thicket, and New American Writing. He was a semi-finalist for the Walt Whitman Award for his collection of poems entitled See, and in 2008 he was invited to attend the prestigious Sewanee Writers Conference. His scholarship on teaching creative writing was awarded the James Woodall Award for Pedagogical Scholarship from the Association of College Teachers of English in Alabama. Since collaborating with faculty at the University of Maastricht on a Problem-Based Learning Transatlantic Cooperation Grant, Johnson has lectured on the craft of teaching poetry in Denmark, at the National Endowment for the Humanities and throughout the U.S. He has served twice as professor-in-residence at Samford’s Daniel House in London, and he was a visiting professor at China’s Anhui Normal University. As one of Samford’s Latin American Studies Fellows, Johnson traveled to Ecuador to learn Spanish, and he has continued studying Spanish alongside students in Samford’s classrooms.

Julianne Jorgensen (English and Classics '20) General Editor

Julianne Jorgensen is studying English and Classics, and she has continued to pursue her love of literature and history by working on the Samford Undergraduate Research Journal. As a member of this team, Julianne acted as the Web Editor for the past two years and is now the General Editor. She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, and she has completed both communications and research internships. In her junior year at Samford, Julianne serves as the student president for the Howard College of Arts and Sciences Ambassadors, the General Editor of SURJ, and a tutor at Samford's CRC/Writing Center.

Leslie Golden (Economics and Finance '20) Business Editor

Leslie Golden is pursuing a double major in Economics and Finance with a concentration in data analytics and a minor in environmental studies. She is particularly interested in using data to better understand how to make more efficient use of our resources. At Samford, Leslie is a member of the Women's Basketball team, a tutor at the Communication Resource Center, and is currently serving on the Junior Class Activities Council. She received the Southern Conference Commissioner's Academic Medal in spring of 2018 and is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and Gamma Theta Upsilon Geography Honor Society.

Shae Corey (History and Secondary Education '20) Social Sciences Editor

Shae is an active member of Samford's community as a member of the Multicultural Affairs Committee, a Howard Scholar, and a proud member of Alpha Delta Pi. Shae also represents Samford University as a Connections leader. She hopes to attend graduate school abroad, write great books, and teach others about the importance and relevance of the past.

Mia Banuelos (Sociology '22) Assistant Social Sciences Editor

Mia Banuelos is currently a freshman Sociology major with a goal of helping to lower poverty levels in any way that she can. She hopes that her time here at Samford will give her the resources she needs to combat this issue.

Elizabeth Pridgeon (Journalism and Mass Communications '21) Web Editor

Elizabeth Pridgeon is a JMC major with a concentration in advertising and a marking minor. She has enjoyed every moment in the JMC department including each of her professors. She hopes to pursue a career in marketing or advertising one day.