Welcome to the inaugural issue of The Rowdy Scholar!
This issue represents the collective efforts of many people at MSU Denver over the past two years. While those individuals come from different departments and disciplines, hold varying faculty and staff ranks, and have had diverse experiences with undergraduate research, all of them share one thing in common: the belief that undergraduate research makes valuable contributions to knowledge and should thus be not only celebrated and presented at conferences, but published in an editor-reviewed, publicly-available journal. We are humbled by the dedication shown to this project by so many people.
Thanks to the generous collaborative efforts of the editorial board, faculty mentors, student authors, and others, this inaugural issue sets the tone for issues to come in a variety of ways. It represents a multitude of disciplines. It features work from students who have taken many different paths to and through MSU Denver. It showcases genuine scholarship, as well as thought-provoking creative work. We hope readers will find the work in this issue eye-opening, generative of further scholarship and creative work, and intellectually and artistically inspiring. We are incredibly proud of all the student authors and grateful for their faculty mentors.
It has been our honor and pleasure to shepherd this project through its first issue. We anticipate publishing annually and we invite undergraduate researchers at MSU Denver to submit their work: Submit to The Rowdy Scholar.
Elizabeth Kleinfeld, Professor of English, Writing Center Director
Sheryl Zajdowicz, Associate Professor of Biology
The Rowdy Scholar Founders
Editorial Board and Additional Reviewers for This Issue
Author: Shannon Lewis
Major: Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Siva Priya Santhanam
Author: Mitchell Mattix
Major: Hospitality, Tourism & Events
Faculty Mentor: Shinyong (Shawn) Jung
Author: Julia Perry
Faculty Mentor: Rae Shevalier, Ph.D.
Author: Cassandra Reid
Faculty Mentor: Renee Ruderman
Author: Erin Roberson
Faculty Mentor: Keah Schuenemann
Author: Eric Roon
Faculty Mentor: Mandi Schaeffer Fry