Undergraduate Research Journal

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.

Authors may submit up to three articles each submission cycle. However, no more than one article per author will be published in each issue.

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. Please email surj@samford.edu with all submissions by March 10, 2017.

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.

Stone Hendrickson (English and Classics '17), General Editor

Stone is a senior University Fellow. He currently serves as chair of the SGA Senate Code of Laws Committee and chair of the Honor Pledge Committee, which is in the process of creating an honor pledge for Samford. Stone currently works as a Student Assistant in the Academic Success Center and also works as a University Fellows Intern. Over the past several summers, Stone has attended a Fulbright Summer Institute in Durham, England, a seminar at the Witherspoon Institute at Princeton University, and a study abroad course in London. He has also spent his summers serving as a staff member for the Great Ideas Summer Institute with the Fellows Program and the JD Calling program with the Howard College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, last summer he was awarded an Alabama Power Research Fellowship to study the role of the poor in elections in late Republican Rome. After obtaining his undergraduate degree, Stone plans to attend law school.

Dallas Knight (History and Classics '18), Humanities Co-Editor

In high school, Dallas served as Beta Club President and a member of the Student Council. In addition, he also volunteered with the Humane Society. While at Samford, he has gotten involved with TEDx. He hopes to pursue a career as a history or philosophy professor or enter pastoral ministry.

Ryan Lally (English '18), Humanities Co-Editor

Ryan Lally is a junior English major with a concentration in Creative Writing. His creative work has been published in the Samford's online journal Wide Angle. During his sophomore year he worked as an editorial assistant under Dr. Bass. He is also a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society. In the future he plans to pursue graduate studies in literature.

Sarah Marriott (Accounting '18), Sciences Editor

Her senior year of high school, Sarah was awarded the Headmaster’s Distinguished Scholar Award along with multiple other academic honors. She was the captain of the varsity swim team, a peer tutor and mentor, and started her own community service project which benefited underprovided children. During her first year at Samford, she worked on a synthesis for cancer treatment in the Chemistry department, was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, and served as a member of Freshman Forum. Sarah is currently involved as the SGA treasurer, College Republicans, and Alpha Delta Pi sorority. In the future, Sarah plans to earn a master's degree in accounting and become an auditor.

Marisa Nunez (Psychology '17), Social Sciences Editor

Marisa’s dedication to academics has earned her a spot on the Dean’s List every semester since coming to Samford, but she still has plenty of time to be involved on campus. An active sister of Phi Mu, she competed with the fraternity in Step Sing 2014 and is currently the Ritual Chair. She is also the Catholic Student Association’s Vice-President, was the co-chair of the University Fellow’s Hospitality Committee in 2014-2015, and has participated in Samford Gives Back with Habitat for Humanity. Last summer, Marisa served as a mentor for Impact Alabama’s CollegeFirst Initiative. In 2014-2015, Marisa worked with the Birmingham Education Foundation, an organization focused on improving Birmingham City Schools. In the future, Marisa hopes to be a social worker for military families.

Courtney Allen (Brock Scholar '17), Business Editor

A recipient of the Mann Scholarship from the Brock School of Business, Courtney acts as the Director of External Affairs for Samford Gives Back 2016. She made the Dean’s List and has been invited to become a member of both the psychology honors society, Psi Chi, and the business honors society, Beta Gamma Delta. On a more local level, Courtney worked with Impact Alabama’s SaveFirst Initiative to prepare taxes for low income families in Jefferson County. She also interned for the Alabama Association of Nonprofits and has volunteered with NorthStar Youth Ministries as an after-school tutor. Courtney plans to attend graduate school for Industrial and Organizational Psychology is currently an undergraduate research assistant.

Julianne Jorgensen (English ’20), Web Editor

Having served as the editor of her high school newspaper, Julianne is excited to serve on a collegiate publication. This past summer she spent her time working for a local nonprofit bookstore. At Samford Julianne is majoring in English and hopes to pursue a career in publishing and editing.