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  • What is MSURJ?

    When the McGill Science Undergraduate Research Journal (MSURJ) launched in Fall 2005 as a student-run initiative to promote and support undergraduate research, it was one of North America’s first peer-reviewed journal devoted to undergraduate work. The journal offers undergraduate students from any university the unique opportunity to publish their findings to the McGill research community. 


    The journal distinguishes itself with its rigorous editorial process; we hold our articles to a high standard of scientific acumen and writing quality: each incoming submission is first revised by our student editorial board. Qualifying articles are then submitted to our peer-reviewers, professors and graduate students who hail from universities all over the world.


    Submissions are due January 12th, 2017.


    Our diverse editors, united by the mandate to promote undergraduate research, are involved in all journal operations, from soliciting research articles to coordinating the peer-review process and launching the journal. We encourage anyone with strong writing and editing skills and an academic interest in science to apply.



    Editorial board applications are due September 30th, 2016. 



    In addition to providing students with the opportunity to participate directly in the publication process, MSURJ is always looking for ways to encourage student involvement in all things research. In the upcoming school year, we will be hosting a new array of scientific activities to the McGill community ranging from R-workshops to research seminars.


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  • Article Submissions

    Early Submission deadline: October 28th, 2016

    Final Submission deadline: January 12th, 2017


    The first round of papers are accepted from early submissions, and afterward papers are accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline.


    We welcome original submissions from undergraduate students studying at any university. We publish research articles and review papers - interest pieces should be directed towards our blog, “The Abstract”. Data published in our journal is generally republishable in other scientific journals.


    All articles are peer-reviewed by two or more professors or graduate students from the relevant field; all pieces also undergo rigorous style and copy-editing by our editorial board. Above all, we seek to publish well-written articles demonstrating scientific acumen as well as accessibility to the general scientific readership. We encourage authors to write engaging manuscripts and limit technical jargon.


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    Click the icon above to submit. Please place your article and pictures in a zip folder and upload the zip folder and the consent form.

    If the upload form does not load, please submit by email.


    Attention: We have been experiencing some issues with the submission system. Please email us at mcgillsurj@gmail.com to ensure that your submission has been received.

  • Behind the Scenes

    Meet the students who make MSURJ happen. Scroll below for application information.

    Sapan Patel


    Department: Anatomy & Cell Biology

    Research Interests: neurophysiology, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), genetically engineered endocrine cells

    Life Interests:  Model UN, lacrosse, volleyball

    Alexander Chatron-Michaud


    Department: Computer Science

    Research Interests: artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning

    Life Interests: Malaysian food, gaming, travel, making gadgets

    Helen Lai

    Managing Editor: Outreach

    Department: Anatomy & Cell Biology

    Research Interests: undecided (for now)

    Life Interests: music, outdoorsy things, sharp things

    Rachel Greben

    Managing Editor: Journalism

    Department: Pharmacology

    Research Interests: basic: genomics, clinical: competency-based medical education

    Life Interests: dogs, figure skating, Game of Thrones

    Nick (Aagnik) Pant

    Managing Editor: Technology

     Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering

    Research Interests: optoelectronics, nano-structured materials, solar cells

    Life Interests: graphic design, smoothies, Wikipedia 

    Lavinia Lee

    Senior Editor

     Department: Anatomy & Cell Biology

    Research Interests: genetic engineering

    Life Interests: music and crafts

    Jasmine Li-Brubacher

    Senior Editor

    Department: Biochemistry

    Research Interests: healthcare studies
    Life Interests: camping, beach days, finding Montreal's best coffee


    Sebastian Andric

    Senior Editor

    Department: Biology

    Research Interests: neurobiology

    Life Interests: music, rugby, gaming

  • Apply to be an Editor

    Editor application deadline: September 30th, 2016

    The MSURJ editorial board initiates and conducts a formal editorial evaluation in collaboration with the student author, his or her supervisor, and selected peer-reviewers. Editors gain valuable experience in critically analyzing articles and engaging with authors, as well as exposure to a variety of disciplines and research experts.



    Undergraduates from any department, school, or program at McGill University are encouraged to apply as editors. We seek to build a diverse board composed of students from various scientific backgrounds and interests. However, only students studying at McGill University may hold any editorial position.


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    Applications must include:

    • A copy of your CV highlights (maximum 1 page, single sided, font 12)
    • A letter of intent detailing commitment and relevant experience (maximum 1 page, single sided, font 12)
    • A thorough editing of an assigned article segment, including corrections of grammar and style and a brief (maximum 500 words) opinion as to the organization and overall quality of the passage.


    Only completed applications submitted before 11:59pm, September 30th, 2016 via the application for will be considered. All applicants will be notified of the success of their application by October 3rd, 2016 and shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.


    Attention: We have been experiencing some issues with the submission system. Please email us at mcgillsurj@gmail.com to ensure that your application has been received.



  • MSURJ Alumni

    The people who have made MSURJ great. Includes MSURJ board members from 2015 onward.

    Ariana Aimani

    Editor-in-Chief (2015)

    Meng Zhang

    Editor-in-Chief (2015)

    Adam Pietrobon

    Managing Editor: Outreach (2015)

    Tatiana Sanchez

    Senior Editor (2015)

    Lindsay Brabant

    Senior Editor (2015)

    Aditya Mohan

    Junior Editor (2015)

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  • Contact Us

    McGill Science Undergraduate Research Journal
    805 Sherbrooke St. West Room 1B21
    Montréal, Qc H3A 2K6


    P. 514.398.6979 | F. 514.398.6766