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Authors may submit articles at any time, but they will not be published in the hard copy folio until the subsequent spring issue.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

  • Kendra Moore - Taken on my trip to the island of Inishmore in Ireland, this photograph captures the beauty and simplicity of the island and its people. This is exploration, the opportunity to discover a culture so different from my own.

  • Makayla Betts - Lichen grows on the outside of the UC Davis Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility; picture is taken looking down from the roof. A symbiotic relationship between algal and fungal species allows lichens to eek out a living in extreme places, including ones we walk by everyday.

  • Megan Hill

  • Ming-Hui Hsung - For many life scientists, exploration means delving into the truths of life: how to define a life form, what constitutes a life, what processes sustain a life, what do we know about life? This processed image shows magnified cells on a bean leaf epidermis.

  • Grace Zhong - “Exploration” is a two way road: it is a discovery of one’s surroundings, and a discovery of oneself. I aimed for my pen and paper to express this journey of world and self discovery. Despite the array of places the journey may take, the road of discovery will all converge to enrich the mind and provide the "key" to discovering oneself.

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.

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