Omnium Issue 6 Out Now!

The title page of the 2024 Omnium issue.

Check out the new issue of Omnium: The Undergraduate Research Journal at NCWU, released in August 2024. Omnium collects written work by promising undergraduate scholars.

This year, the writers whose work we’re honored to feature in Omnium’s 2024 issue have dedicated their energies to thinking about how to make the future livable–how to allow communities to flourish. We have essays on fixing healthcare systems, on environmental stewardship, on developing resiliency against pathogens, on thinking long-term about beloved athletic and creative institutions, and about finding one’s voice even when swimming against the current.

Omnium would not exist without the many expert teachers and scholars at NCWU. Our sincere thanks go to to Drs. Jason Buel, Bill Grattan, Meredith Gringle, Jarrod Kelly, Jackie Lewis, Rachel Roy, Mark Sursavage, Katrina Sweet, John Temple, Lee Templeton, Shane Thompson, and Emily Weber for reviewing submissions to the Academic Writing Competition in their respective disciplines.

We invite our readers to enjoy and learn from the fifteen new essays collected here, and also encourage teachers in any discipline to use them as models in their own courses. Please use attribution when you do so.

OUR MISSIONOmnium, housed in the English Department at NCWU, provides our undergraduate students with the opportunity to explore the major genres of academic writing, join in scholarly conversations, share their ideas, perform original research, and see their work published in a professional venue. Omnium also serves as a teaching resource for NCWU faculty—and faculty at other institutions—as the essays and research articles published here reflect the skill and knowledge of real students at various stages of their academic careers, from first-year composition essays to projects created in senior seminars and honors theses. The materials lend themselves well to in-class discussion, analysis, and emulation, and we hope that students will be energized when they realize that there is no single arcane secret to writing well. All it takes is practice, motivation, and direction.

For questions about Omnium, please contact the editor, Dr. Doreen Thierauf.

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