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Submission applications for Explorations Volume 9 are now closed.
Explorations welcomes research, scholarly and creative submissions of general interest from any discipline. We seek to highlight the most curious and innovative undergraduates pursuing intellectual and aesthetic experiences outside of the classroom. The undergraduate work we publish supports the university’s current Quality Enhancement Plan initiative, Aggies Commit to Life-long Learning through fostering curiosity, innovation and independence. Recently published articles have been from a wide range of academic fields: music, creative poetry, forensics, cancer biology, astrophysics, nanomedicine, computer algorithms, business, geosciences, sociology, aerospace engineering, and cultural anthropology.

Explorations is accepting research and scholarly synopsis submissions until Monday, January 30, 2017 (extended deadline) at noon. The call for creative works will be made in Spring 2017.

The Explorations research and scholarly submission process begins with a synopsis. Formerly called our “call for proposals,” this submission stage is where students articulate a project description, its significance, methods and outcomes before extending an invitation to submit a full article. Synopses, full articles and creative works are reviewed by student members of the Explorations Board, as well as by faculty members throughout the University System.

Interested undergraduates are encouraged to review our eligibility and submission guidelines before beginning the form below. Email us at explorations@tamu.edu with any questions, comments or concerns.

Are you an undergraduate from another institution who participated in a summer program here at Texas A&M? Please complete your submission using this alternate form.

Creative Work and Sidebar Guidelines

Explorations will accept creative work submissions until Monday, February 13, 2017 at noon. If you are interested in submitting, please review the guidelines below and begin your application.

  • Any type of creative work is acceptable—photographs, short stories, paintings, audio or video productions, and more. If you have a question about the types if creative works that we will accept, please email us at explorations@tamu.edu.
  • Limit creative works to one submission per person - pick your highest quality piece and only submit that one - we want to see your best!
  • All creative works must be accompanied by a creative sidebar of at least 500 words.
  • Written creative works must be no more than 3500 words total (includes the sidebar).
  • Creative Works and Sidebars should be submitted in a single PDF that contains the following:
    • Creative Work Title
    • Creative Work (if audio/video, include link to work online)
    • ​Sidebar, minimum of 500 words
  • Creative Work PDFs should be formatted with the following criteria:
    • Times New Roman typeface
    • 12-point font size
    • Double spaced text
  • ​Faculty approval (endorsement) is not required for creative work submissions. However, students may still enter faculty information if they worked under a faculty member to create the work. 
​Your Creative Work Sidebar should attempt to answer the following questions:
  • Why did you choose the topic?
  • Who or what are your inspirations and creative influences for your piece?
  • How does the medium you chose express the idea you are displaying?
  • What do you see in your piece that reflects your inspirations?
  • What studies were done to develop your piece? How did these studies contribute to its persuasiveness, depth, vision and style? 
The deadline to submit a creative work and sidebar is February 13, 2017.

Synopsis Submissions Guidelines

Explorations will accept research and scholarly synopsis submissions until Monday, January 30, 2017 (extended deadline) at noon. If you are interested in submitting, please review the guidelines below and begin your application.

Note: TAMU students must login to the application with a TAMU NetID and Password. There is a separate application for non-TAMU students that does not require TAMU credentials. Please email us at explorations@tamu.edu if you have any questions and our submission requirements or the submission application.

General Guidelines and Tips:
  • Authors must be undergraduate students at the time of submission. 
  • Synopsis submissions should be clear, concise and understandable to a general audience.
    • Any technical jargon must be defined; limit use of technical jargon.
  • Keep in mind that Synopsis submissions are a snapshot of what your article will cover, not a research proposal. All data must be obtained by February 1, 2017.
  • Projects must be original research, conducted:
    • Under the supervision of a an outside party, while you were enrolled as an undergraduate at a Texas A&M University campus (Note: Authors that fit under this category MUST find a Texas A&M faculty member who will serve as an advisor for this article.),
    • Under the supervision of a Texas A&M University faculty member, while enrolled in a summer research program (in this case, the author does not have to be a Texas A&M student) as an undergraduate, or
    • Under the supervision of a Texas A&M University faculty member, while you were enrolled as an undergraduate at a Texas A&M University campus.
  • Projects must be interesting and relevant to a general audience:
    • Explorations is not only distributed to the campus community, but to parents, businesses, other universities, donors, etc. Assume that your audience is not necessarily familiar with your field of study.
    • Focus on impacts and the big picture.
    • Only write about technical implementation/methods as it relates to above.
  • Faculty approval (endorsement) is required for all research and scholarly synopsis submissions. Formal faculty approval will be requested at a later date. Please ensure that you enter the correct faculty contact information in the submission application.
In your synopsis, you will be expected to answer the following questions:
Please give thoughtful, succinct responses. Your responses will be considered along with the synopsis when considering your submission for advancement.
  • We will ask you to choose from the following to classify your article’s research discipline:
    • Agriculture
    • Architecture
    • Biomedical
    • Business
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Hard Science (includes Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, etc.)
    • Humanities (includes Religion, Gender Studies, Linguistics, Languages, Philosophy, English, History, Art, etc.)
    • Life Science (includes Biology, Geoscience, Spatial Science, etc.)
    • Social Science (includes Communication, Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Policy and Administration, Psychology, Sociology, etc.)
  • Where did you conduct the research for this project?
  • What were your objectives for taking on this project? Did you achieve these objectives?
  • Briefly describe your methods.
  • What were your specific contributions to this project?
  • What were your most important findings or results? What is the significance of these findings or results?
    • If you do not yet have results, when do you expect to complete your project or obtain results? Be as specific as possible.
  • Explain why this project is a timely, significant, and relevant research project.
    • Why is your topic important?
    • How is your topic relevant? Who is it relevant to?
    • Only ONE submission per team proposal. Please identify a Primary Contact for your team before submitting. The application will ask for co-authors. Please email us at explorations@tamu.edu for further instructions for teams.
Note: Submission of a synopsis indicates a commitment to a full article if your application is provisionally accepted. If your synopsis is chosen, you will be asked to write an article between 1000 and 2500 words describing your work and its significance in a manner accessible to a broad audience. Authors work with editors and board members to polish their articles. The articles also undergo a second round of faculty and student review. Final articles are chosen from the submission. Provisionally accepted articles undergo further editing and a final review and supporting paperwork (copyright, author biographies, etc.) are required for publication. 

Please visit our FAQs for more information, including synopsis writing tips and article formatting guidelines. 

Deadline to Submit: December 2, 2016 Monday, January 30, 2017 (extended deadline) at noon.

Questions should be directed to the Explorations Executive Board at explorations@tamu.edu.