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A Flourishing Home for Undergraduate Research

SIAM Undergraduate Research Online (SIURO) was created in 2008 to provide a venue for articles presenting high-quality undergraduate research in industrial and applied mathematics. So far, more than 60 articles have appeared in SIURO’s six volumes.

What kinds of articles does SIURO publish?

Most SIURO articles present original research in industrial and applied mathematics performed and written up by undergraduates. Research articles published to date have covered a wide range of topics, such as modeling invasive brain tumors, probing the eigenstructure of triangles, and simulating European option pricing. Many articles result from work done in REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) programs, senior capstone projects and theses, and, on occasion, projects from a course.

Expository articles by undergraduates can be submitted to SIURO as well. The journal will also consider outstanding expository papers on a survey topic or a subject of historical interest written for an undergraduate audience by a faculty member or researcher.  

All SIURO articles are freely available.

Who can submit to SIURO?

The authors of research articles in SIURO must be undergraduates, and the research must have been conducted before the students’ graduation. Faculty advisers on a project are recognized as mentors, but as the authors, students take primary responsibility for the research, writing, and communication during the review process. 

What should be submitted?

Unsolicited articles, both research-based and expository, are accepted year-round. The manuscript, supplemental files, a cover letter, and a letter from an adviser or sponsor should be submitted here. The letter from the faculty sponsor verifies that the students were the primary researchers/writers and that they performed the research as undergraduates. Instructions for authors can be found here.

What is the review process?

SIURO provides undergraduates with a review process similar to that of a standard journal. To begin, the editor must accept the paper for review. An associate editor then sends the paper to reviewers, who provide written reviews and recommendations regarding publication. Reviewers’ comments generally give students guidance on both the exposition and the mathematics. If the associate editor decides that the article shows promise, students receive the reviews and suggestions for revision.  The review process for SIURO is rapid—reviews are generally sent in a couple of months—to help students publish their work as soon as possible.

How long will articles be available online?

SIURO is archived by SIAM, and each paper has a DOI.

Whom should I contact if I have questions about SIURO?

You can contact Brittni M. Holland, editorial associate at SIAM ([email protected]), or SIURO editor-in-chief Rachel Levy ([email protected]).

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