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What is Explorations?

Explorations is a multi-disciplinary online journal of undergraduate research published by the Office of Undergraduate Education. Manuscript submissions are open to current UC Davis undergraduates in all disciplines.

Why publish?

Publishing is impressive for graduate school applications and is an essential skill for academia. It shows employers and graduate schools your ability to write and to carry a project through to a conclusion.

How do I submit my paper?

All submissions should be sent electronically to explorations@ucdavis.edu. A complete submission includes: 1) Your double-spaced manuscript; 2) Faculty Sponsor form; 3) Faculty Release form; 4) Copyright form; 5) Student Contact Information form. Explorations receives submissions on a rolling basis. However, authors are encouraged to meet one of the following deadlines in order to get their article published online during this academic year:

December 15, 2016

March 15, 2017

June 15, 2017

Authors may submit articles at any time, but they will not be published in the hard copy folio until the subsequent spring issue.

What is the review process?

The submission is read by faculty, post docs, or graduate students in the student’s discipline. Two reviewers will assess the submission and give remarks. 

What is the Explorations cover contest?

We are seeking a front cover image to grace the next issue of Explorations. We are looking for talented students to submit an original art image that answers the question, “What does ‘exploration’ mean to you?” An image and “artist’s statement” should be sent electronically as a jpeg and text file, respectively, to explorations@ucdavis.edu no later than Friday, March 17, 2017 by 11:59 p.m.

  • Alexa Kownacki, "A Drink of Life," Antarctica

  • Christine Kelly - "Writing on the Wall." Inside the Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon National Park.

  • Malina Loeher, "Elegantissima." Anemones begin their life cycle as drifters, passively surfing currents until they settle into their benthic stage of life. Polyp scouts reconnoiter surrounding seascapes for additional suitable territory. Anemones are predatory, but they also improve the water commons by filtering detritus. They are hardy survivors, capable of attacking competing polyps with lethal poison; yet their symbiosis with zooxanthellae also beautifully represents delicate balance.

  • Joshua Tan, "Splendor of Learning." New York Public Library.

  • Anisa Bashiri, "Tree of Life" (mixed media acrylic, watercolor, oil pastel). The inspiration for this piece is the meaning of my name, Anisa, which means “the tree of life.”

Be a Part of Explorations!

Apply to serve on the editorial board by submitting a resume, transcript and statement of your interest and qualifications to serve on the board to explorations@ucdavis.edu.  Course credit is possible.  
Graduate students—apply to serve as a Managing Editor by sending your Resume with cover letter listing relevant coursework, transcript, and one professional reference to explorations@ucdavis.edu