The inaugural edition of “Skyline – The Big Sky Undergraduate Journal” debuted online Monday, August 19 and the research of four Thunderbirds were seen its pages.
“Skyline: The Big Sky Undergraduate Journal” is a collaboration of Big Sky Conference institutions, featuring the academic research and writing by undergraduate students at all 13 of the league’s institutions.
“This initiative was established by the league presidents to emphasize the high educational profiles of the schools in the Big Sky Conference,’’ said league Commissioner Doug Fullerton. “It also points to the fact that we consider the Big Sky Conference to be more than a collection of athletic schedules. Basically, the journal is a coordinated effort by all of our schools to connect in ways other than athletics, and to promote the academic quality of our students throughout the league.’’
Rebecca Moore, senior studying human nutrition from Iowa City, Iowa, and Natalie Bryslan, a sophomore from Westminister, Colo. also majoring in human nutrition, whose research, titled “The Effect of Education on Hydration Status of Female Collegiate Gymnasts,” was included in the maiden publication of Big Sky's undergraduate journal.
Also included were Kalin Beal, from St. George, Utah, and Trevor Laursen, from Sandy, Utah, both seniors studying biology and zoology. Their research was titled “Coaches Opinion on the Use of Genetic Screening for Screening of Collegiate Athletes.”
This year’s publication also features research articles that range from microbial populations in synthetic turf, to the personality indicators in extreme athletes, as well as various articles discussing concussions in athletics and gender equality.
“The Journal” is a faculty-reviewed journal available to any student attending a Big Sky Conference institution.
“Our Faculty Athletic Representatives across the league need to be commended,’’ Fullerton said. “They studied ways in which to attain an academic connection amongst the schools in order to promote the scholarship of our institutions. They determined an online journal would be appropriate. They’ve all spent countless hours on this exciting project.’’
Articles were submitted to a faculty group at each campus, which then determined the papers that would make the publication. “The Journal” is currently limited to two submissions per schools – one for affiliate members – based on faculty review at each school.