Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I join?
Staff and writer applications open in mid-April, the day of our annual colloquium. Both our staff and writer applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are now open. Writer applications for our Fall 2020 issue are open until August 18th. The link to our writer application is here

When is the application for joining the staff due?
Staff applications are due on August 11th for the 2019-2020 academic year.  From there, a select pool of applicants are invited to interview in the first week of the fall semester.  Staff members are selected by the first week of the semester. The link to our staff application is here.

What kinds of articles is SBYIR interested in publishing?

SBYIR is interested in publishing articles that advocate and disseminate information about new and exciting research. We pride ourselves in making news about cutting-edge research accessible to a wide audience. Our topics of interest are not only limited to the science, technology engineering, and math fields; we also encourage the inclusion of research in all fields of science, such as psychology, sociology, and astronomy. We publish student articles on faculty research, original undergraduate student research, as well as interviews with professors.

Can I just submit an article instead of being a writer?

Yes! Starting this year, SBYIR will also offer open submissions. Students will be able to apply to publish a completed scientific review or original research here by the August 18th for the Fall 2019 issue. Your work may be subjected to minimal editing by a SBYIR editor.

When and how frequently is the journal published?
Our journal is published every semester, and is made available to the public at our annual colloquia in November and April.

Where else can I hear about SBYIR?
We hold an annual symposium during which we release our journal and host distinguished researchers as guest lecturers. Our previous guest speakers have included Nobel Laureate Dr. Martin Chalfie, the “Queen of Carbon Science,” Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus, prominent cancer researcher, Dr. Robert Weinberg, and renowned marine biologist, Dr. Sylvia Earle.  We also maintain a presence at URECA, the annual research symposium, and co-sponsor events throughout the year.