The Northwestern Undergraduate Research Journal (NURJ) is an annual student-produced journal that showcases outstanding research done by Northwestern undergraduates from across all academic fields.

(Print) ISSN 2689-1034  (Online) ISSN 2689-1042

Our Mission

Our mission is two-fold: to provide an opportunity for the many undergraduates passionate about research at Northwestern to publish their work, and to complement the University’s emphasis on interdisciplinary research that spans a wide spectrum of areas including neuroscience, material sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

As the only peer- and faculty-reviewed journal of undergraduate research at Northwestern University, NURJ serves to introduce undergraduates to the review and publication processes indicative of the research world. It is an opportunity for students to engage with the research community and networks.

The Team

Allen Taflove

Allen Taflove

Faculty Adviser/Professor

Allen Taflove received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Northwestern University in 1971, 1972, and 1975, respectively. Since 1988, he has been a full professor in Northwestern’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Over the past 48 years, Allen has pioneered theoretical approaches, algorithms, and applications of finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) computational solutions of the fundamental Maxwell’s equations of classical electrodynamics. FDTD has emerged as a primary means to solve the largest and most complex science and engineering problems involving electromagnetic wave phenomena, devices, and systems from ultralow frequencies to visible light. His major publication, Computational Electrodynamics: The Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method, has been ranked the 7th most-cited book in physics, currently with more 20,000 Google Scholar citations. Allen is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Electromagnetics Award, and a Fellow of The Optical Society (OSA). Currently, he is conducting petaflops-scale computational microscopy applications of FDTD in support of research at Northwestern led by Biomedical Engineering Professor Vadim Backman dealing with the detection and potential treatment of early-stage human cancers.

Jenna Greenzaid

Jenna Greenzaid

Editor-in-Chief

Jenna Greenzaid ’23 is a junior majoring in Journalism and pursuing an Integrated Marketing Certificate and Business Institutions Certificate. Jenna hopes to work pushing the boundaries of interactive journalism and challenging the way readers experience news and media through online platforms. She believes that research should be accessible to all, and her work as Editor-in-Chief is intended to make that idea possible through the inclusion of more pieces of research in different formats than the NURJ has traditionally seen. She is excited at the prospect of creating a medium for people to share their research that alters the way people see research being conducted and shared and opens people’s eyes as to what more can be done.  

Shreya Sriram

Shreya Sriram

Editor-in-Chief

Shreya Sriram ‘22 is a sophomore majoring in Economics and Communication Sciences and Disorders on the Pre-Medicine track. As an incoming co-Editor-in-Chief of the NURJ, Shreya believes that promoting student research on all platforms is imperative to growth and is looking forward to adding more facets to the NURJ publications. Shreya pursues her professional interests through her individual research in the Hearing and Language Lab. She will also be joining the Auditory Research Laboratory to spearhead development of optical cochlear implants through the Summer Undergraduate Research Grant and the Central Auditory Physiology Laboratory to research auditory brainstem function. Shreya hopes to develop her research experience in medical school. Outside of research, Shreya loves to be on stage making people laugh, then off stage, eating food with them.

Sarah Tani

Sarah Tani

Executive Managing Director

Sarah Tani ‘22 is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Linguistics. She is the incoming Managing Editor of the NURJ (Design) and previously served as the Associate Managing Editor of the NURJ (Paper Design, Online Design) in 2019. Last summer, she completed a URAP with Prof. Jillana Enteen, studying changes to websites related to Transgender-related medical tourism in Thailand. She presented an analysis of the methodology of this project with a poster presentation at the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science in November 2019. Sarah hopes to pursue the field of Computational Linguistics after graduation, but in the meantime is focusing on her B.A. and research at the undergraduate level.

Sally Hong

Sally Hong

Associate Managing Director, NURJ (Paper), 2020

Sally Hong ‘22 is a sophomore majoring in Psychology and International Studies and minoring in Chinese. Although she does not have any past research experience, she hopes to gain some in the near future and is thinking of going to law school post-graduation, hopefully exploring career paths at the intersection of the legal and psychological fields.

Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer

Associate Managing Editor, NURJ Online, 2020

Shreyas Iyer ’21 is a junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Data Science. Shreyas has worked for both the political science and history departments over the past three years as a research assistant. He has also worked in a research capacity as a legal intern at Cisco Systems in 2019. Although his post-graduation plans are uncertain, Shreyas aspires to a career in law, the nonprofit field, politics, or in the public sector.

Juntang Qian

Juntang Qian

Managing Editor of Design

Juntang Qian ‘23 is a freshman majoring in Journalism and Psychology, and minoring in Art Theory and Practice. She is a research assistant in the Yang Qu Lab, researching school motivation, emotional development and psychological well-being. During summer 2020, she investigated indigenous-owned food businesses in Vancouver with the support of the Office of Undergraduate Research at Northwestern. Juntang currently sees herself going into investigative journalism when she graduates, but this goal is subject to change. She has an interest in collecting tickets, and has been doing that for 15 years.

Siying Luo

Siying Luo

Associate Managing Editor of Design

Siying Luo, Class of 2023, is undecided in WCAS. She joined the Journal in fall 2019, and has since been promoted to AME of Design. She is interested in science and hopes to start research when she returns to campus.

Kevin Bai

Kevin Bai

Managing Director of Development

Kevin Bai ’22 is a sophomore double majoring in MMSS and Economics. His previous research experience includes pursuing a summer URG project involving the diversity of repertoire performed by orchestral organizations. After graduation, he aspires to work in early-stage ventures or management consulting. Kevin is also an amateur violinist of 15 years, with recent performances including faking Richard Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony at the BBC Proms.

Soumya Jhaveri

Soumya Jhaveri

Managing Director of STEM

Soumya Jhaveri ’23 is a freshman majoring in Neuroscience and Journalism on the Pre-Med track. She joined the NURJ this year as a part of the STEM team. Soumya began her interests in research in high school with independent projects on diversity in journalism and teenage entrepreneurial characteristics. She is currently a research assistant in the Amato Lab through the URAP program working on microbiome research with both non-human and human primate samples. Soumya is interested in exploring how better design and communication can be used to enhance healthcare. After graduation, she hopes to work in scientific journalism or a health startup for a year before attending medical school.

Joy Zheng

Joy Zheng

Managing Editor of Outreach

Joy Zheng ‘22 is a sophomore majoring in Psychology and Cognitive Science with a concentration in Linguistics. For the past year, she has been a research assistant in the Cognition and Communication Lab and plans to carry out her own project this summer. Right now, Joy has plans of pursuing a PhD in Psychology and is hoping to conduct further research in psycholinguistics. Outside of research and academics, Joy often bakes, usually cakes, for her friends and family and always enjoys binging Youtube videos during the process.

Alex Solivan

Alex Solivan

Associate Managing Editor of Outreach

Alex Solivan ’23 is a freshman majoring in Biological Sciences and Science in Human Culture. Alex is a research assistant in the Mirkin Research Group studying nanoparticle cancer vaccines and has performed ovarian cancer research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. After graduation, Alex hopes to continue research and attend medical and graduate school.

Our 2021-2022 Team

Editors-in-chief: Jenna Greenzaid, Shreya Sriram

 

Executive Managing Director: Sarah Tani

 

Editorial Team:

Managing Editor of Print: Grace Lee

Associate Managing Editor of Print: Rachel Chiu 

 

Managing Editor of Online: Darya Daneshmand

Associate Managing Editors of Online: Jordan Checkoff, Zorina Chen

 

Managing Editor of STEM: Soumya Jhaveri 

Associate Managing Editor of STEM: Suzie Bian

 

Managing Editors of Design: Abby Hsiao, Juntang (Nancy) Qian

Associate Managing Editors of Design: Siying Luo, Bryan Sanchez, Catherine Wu

 

Business Team:

Managing Directors of Development: Kevin Bai

Associate Managing Director (Finance): Carrie Zeng

Associate Managing Director (HR): Eleanor Pope

Associate Managing Director (Social Media): Tiffany Luo

 

Managing Director of Web Development: Allison Rhee

 

Outreach Team:

Managing Editor: Joy Zheng

Associate Managing Editor: Alex Solivan

Advisors: 

 Dr. Peter Civetta

Northwestern University

1801 Hinman Ave, 2-225

Evanston, IL 60208

 Office: (847) 467-0499

 Email: UndergradResearch@northwestern.edu

 

Prof. Patti Wolter

Northwestern University

1845 Sheridan Road

Evanston, IL 60208

Office: (847) 491-5269

Email: p-wolter@northwestern.edu

 

 Please email eic@thenurj.com for more information

Staff:

Kelly Cloonan

Fiona Wang

Anthony Tam

Natan Tesfahun

Helen Zhu

Katie He

Kallista Zhuang

Po-Ting (Duke) Lin

Jhil Patel

Ashley Witarsa

Alanna Liu

Michelle Zhang

Gabriela Nolasco

Cindy Zhao

Defne Deda

Caroline Harms

Aden Morvice

Karan Nayak

Metehan Punar

Mychaela Matthews

Donny Tou

Sam Biggs

Vibhusha Kolli

Catherine Campusano

Prerita Pandya

Joni Rosenberg

Kallista Zhuang

Joy Zhao

Stephanie Kim

Morgan Willison

Ella Cutler

Art Bautista

Peirong She

Manuel De Leon

Vivian Zia

Anni Wickman

Nora Collins

Cindy Meco

Joshua Jerisha

Emily Zhao

Jenna Lee

Juliana Davoglio Estradioto

Michelle Kee

Isabella He

Nithya Mahakala

Kaan Kermen

Huong Huynh

Paul Liong

Our 2020-2021 Team

Editors-in-chief: Maia Brown, Shreya Sriram

 

Editorial Team:

Managing Editors of the NURJ Paper: Leslie Bonilla, Niva Razin

Managing Editor of the NURJ Online: Lydia Rivers

Managing Editor of the NURJ Design: Sarah Tani

Managing Editor of NURJ STEM: Jonic Zhu

 

Associate Managing Editor of the NURJ Paper: Sally Hong

Associate Managing Editor of the NURJ Online: Shreyas Iyer

Associate Managing Editors of the NURJ Design: Nancy Qian, Siying Luo

 

Business Team:

Managing Directors of Development: John Cao, Kevin Bai

Managing Director of Web Development: Tony Luo

 

Associate Managing Director (Finance): Ina Huang

Associate Managing Director (HR): Jenna Greenzaid

Associate Managing Director (Social Media): Soumya Jhaveri

 

Outreach Team:

Managing Editor: Joy Zheng

 

Associate Managing Editors: Khaled Abughoush, Gabrielle Tsoi, Alex Solivan

 

 

Please email eic@thenurj.com for more information

Staff:

Bryan Sanchez

Abby Hsiao

Jenn Beardsley

Bradley Ramos

Yuchen Liu

Vivian Xia

Catherine Campusano

Andrew Laeuger

Grace Lee

Prerita Pandya

Isabella Chen

Eileen Medina

Yetong Li

Scarlet Li

Grace Lee

Kayla Byrne

Daisy Conant

Hermione Ren

Jada Morgan

Rachel Chiu

Vibhu Kolli

 

Publisher: Prof. Allen Taflove

Northwestern University

2145 Sheridan Road

Evanston, IL 60208

Office: (847) 491-4127

Fax: (847) 491-4455

Email: taflove@ece.northwestern.edu

Our 2019-2020 Team

Editors-in-chief: Andrew Y. Cao, Emily Suen

Editorial Team:
Managing Editors of the NURJ: Leslie Bonilla; Irene Chang
Managing Editors of the NURJ Online: Zhesi Zhuang
Managing Editor of NURJ (Paper) Design: Maia Brown
Managing Editors of NURJ Online Design: Andrew Cortner, Sakke Overlund

Associate Managing Editor NURJ (Paper): Haley Chang
Associate Managing Editor NURJ (Online): Lydia Rivers
Associate Managing Editor NURJ (STEM DEPT.): Jonic Zhehao Zhu
Associate Managing Editor for Paper and Online Design: Sarah Tani

Business Team:
Managing Director of Development: Lucy Yuan
Managing Director of Web Development: Spencer Levitt

Associate Managing Director Development (“Society” Liaison): Shreya Sriram
Associate Managing Director Development (NU-Q Liaison): Khaled Abughoush

Senior Staff:
Senior Editor (NURJ Paper): Amanda Murphy
Senior Editor (NURJ Paper): Joy Zheng

Senior Editor (NURJ Online): Niva Razin
Senior Editor (NURJ Online): Shreyas Iyer

Senior Designer: Maggie Zhang

Senior Staff (DEV-HR): John Cao
Senior Staff (DEV-Marketing): Gab Tsoi
Senior Staff (DEV-Finance): Ina Huang

 

 

Please email eic@thenurj.com for more information

Staff:

Editor David Zane

Editor Shreyas Iyer

Editor Pranav Baskar

Editor Daisy Conant

Editor Hongrui He

Editor Yuchen Liu

Editor May Nguyen

Editor Alex Gallard

 

Publisher: Prof. Allen Taflove

Northwestern University

2145 Sheridan Road

Evanston, IL 60208

Office: (847) 491-4127

Fax: (847) 491-4455

Email: taflove@ece.northwestern.edu

 

 

 

Our 2018-2019 Team

Editor-in-chief: Andrew Y. Cao

 

Publisher: Prof. Allen Taflove

Northwestern University

2145 Sheridan Road

Evanston, IL 60208

Office: (847) 491-4127

Fax: (847) 491-4455

Email: taflove@ece.northwestern.edu

NURJ (Paper):

Managing Editor: Leslie Bonilla

Associate Managing Editor: Amanda Barraza-Murphy

 

NURJ (Online):

Managing Editor: Emily Suen

Associate Editor: Jagoda Rachwal

Associate Managing Editor: Zhesi Zhuang

Director of Web Development: Lucy Yuan

 

Graphic Design Team:

Director: Stephanie Shin

Associate Director: Andrew Cortner

Associate Director: Sakke Overlund

Staff:

Editor Niva Razin

Editor Joy Zheng

Editor Haley Chang

Editor Lydia Rivers

Editor David Zane

Editor Shreyas Iyer

Editor Pranav Baskar

Editor Daisy Conant

Artist Sarah Tani

Artist Coco Huang

Artist Maggie Zhang

Artist Maia Brown

Counsel Jonic Zhehao Zhu

Counsel Yuchen Liu

Special Counsel Irene Chang

Outreach Coordinator Shreya Sriram

Outreach Coordinator May Nguyen

Development Staff (PR) Alex Gallard

Development Staff (PR) Amanda Davis

Development Staff (Finance & Strategy) Khaled Abughoush

Development Staff (Marketing) Gabrielle Tsoi

Development Staff (Marketing) Ina Huang

Development Staff (HR) John Cao

Web coordinator Spencer Levitt 

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