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Texas State Undergraduate Research Journal (TXSTUR)

The Spring 2020 issue is now available online and in print!  We have a limited number of print copies available for faculty, staff, students, and members of the Texas State community.  Please contact us if you would like us to send you one.

Welcome to the Texas State Undergraduate Research Journal!

The Texas State Undergraduate Research Journal, otherwise known as TXSTUR, provides an outlet for undergraduates in all disciplines to publish original work. We encourage students to submit excellent papers written for classes, research supported by the Undergraduate Research Fellowships , adapted portions of their theses or capstone projects, or any other research-based writing they believe is of publishable merit.

All TXSTUR articles are peer-reviewed by a student editorial board and a faculty expert.  TXSTUR is currently published online and in print.  To get receive copies of past issues, or for any other questions, please contact at

TXSTUR 2019- 2020 Managing Editors 

We are excited to present to you the Spring 2020 issue of the Texas State Undergraduate Research Journal (TXSTUR). With topics ranging from epic poems and internet memes to nuclear weapons and the effect of news bias, this year’s edition highlights the range of research excellence at our university.  This has been an unusual and difficult semester for everyone, so we are especially grateful to our authors, editors, faculty reviewers, and everyone else who persevered to make this year’s edition possible.  As always, we would also like to thank Dr. Ron Haas, Dr. Heather Galloway, and the Honors College for their unending support of the editorial team. We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to publishing more outstanding undergraduate research and writing next year!   Please contact us anytime at with questions. 


Kathryn McDaniel, Senior

Kathryn is studying Spanish and International Relations with a minor in Honors Studies. She is interested in environmental and health policy and hopes to work for an NGO after graduation. Kathryn enjoys painting, writing, and studying languages.

Kaitlyn Benacquisto, Senior

Kate is studying English and Spanish with a minor in Public Administration. She hopes to do research in the field of education after graduation and become a university professor. Kaitlyn is an avid reader and loves the outdoors.