The Berkeley Scientific Journal (BSJ) is the premier undergraduate research journal of the University of California, Berkeley. BSJ was initially founded as an official forum for Berkeley undergraduates to publish their independent research. But since its inception in 1996, the journal has expanded to give the Berkeley community a better understanding of how research at Berkeley affects the world and vice versa. In the process, we strive to promote scientific literacy, empower young scientists, and help bridge the gap between the scientific and non-scientific communities.
Our undergraduate staff publishes features articles on current issues in science, interviews with faculty members, and faculty-reviewed independent research done by undergraduates at UC Berkeley. A new issue of BSJ is published every semester on Issuu, eScholarship, and our website.
BSJ operates as both a DeCal (student-facilitated course) and a student organization. The purpose of the DeCal is to give members an opportunity to improve their scientific communication skills, learn more about the history and social impact of science journalism, and explore career opportunities in the space through guest lectures. DeCal students choose to work in one of the four journal departments (Features, Interviews, Research/Blog, and Layout) led by department editors (student facilitators). The focus of the journal is broad. BSJ members in recent semesters have included students from various disciplines such as computer science, biology, physics, economics, and many more.
This year, the dream of our editorial team is to 1) increase BSJ readership as much as possible both inside and outside the Berkeley community and 2) secure enough funding to publish the Fall 2018 issue in print for the first time. Each BSJ issue represents the dedication and talent of our students who produce high quality, interesting work. Can you make a gift today to help make this a reality?
We believe that BSJ has the potential to become a popular science journal that can enrich and entertain readers, providing them with a window into fresh student perspectives and bold, unconventional ideas. To this end, we plan to attend the Bay Area Science Festival, which is one of the largest science festivals in the US with over 70,000 visitors each year. There, we will host a hands-on activity at our booth to amuse visitors, hopefully encouraging them to read BSJ and subscribe to our email list. Additionally, in the spring, we would love to host up to two campus-wide science outreach events. For the first event, we plan to invite a journalist from the National Geographic to speak about his/her career and travels. Towards the end of the year, we would also like to host a research slam competition in collaboration with other campus organizations such as ULAB and the Office of Undergraduate Research. At the slam, undergraduates would present their research in a three-minute dynamic oral presentation judged by campus faculty. Finally, we seek to print the Fall 2018 BSJ issue and distribute it around campus through the PMC Publication Distribution Program.
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