An UNDERGRADUATE JOURNAL ofLIFE SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP atLAKE FOREST COLLEGE
Eukaryon is published by students at Lake Forest College, who are solely responsible for its content. The views expressed in Eukaryon do not necessarily reflect those of the College. Articles published within Eukaryon should not be cited in bibliographies. Material contained herein should be treated as personal communication and should be cited as such only with the consent of the author.
Eukaryon is an undergraduate research journal at Lake Forest College that publishes the very best of life science scholarship conducted by Lake Forest students. The journal’s goal is to celebrate and highlight the academic accomplishments of students within the research-rich classrooms and student-centered research labs of Lake Forest College faculty.
The students and faculty of the Biology Department at Lake Forest College founded this peer-reviewed annual journal in 2004. The inaugural issue was published in January 2005 and featured seventeen articles selected by biology faculty. In its inaugural issue, student work from a variety of biology courses (from First-Year Studies to advanced senior seminars and senior theses) was represented. Authors included freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and in one case, a graduate, who returned to audit a course! Diverse categories of articles were published, from research reviews and primary articles, to Nature-styled “News and Views” and senior theses. These categories reflected the breadth and depth of the scientific writing required of a life sciences student at the College.
An Editorial Board comprised solely of Lake Forest College students who selected articles through a peer-review process put the 2006 issue forth. In Spring 2005, the biology faculty selected student members of this Board. This Board not only reviewed articles, it also authored all editorial policies of the journal. The 2007 issue demonstrated a continuing expansion of the journal with the co-publication of print and online issues, an increase in selectivity, diversity, and number of accepted manuscripts, as well as an increase in editorial board size. In 2009, we created the Features Board to encourage the writing of high quality articles about student engagement beyond the classroom. As we, the 2013-14 Editorial Board have reflected on the tenth anniversary of our journal, we have continued to evaluate our presence within the Department of Biology. We hope to continue relating Eukaryon to the growing body of students, classes, and majors at Lake Forest and feel that this organization represents a unique and special facet of the life sciences at the College.