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Student from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Published in National Research Journal, UReCA

UReCA: The NCHC Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity has published “Tr ansl ation less” by Maris Souza, a current student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

“What I love most about this photo series is that it captures the loneliness and language barrier experienced by an immigrant,” a member from the UReCA editorial team said. “Whether the images depict the grandmother outside of her home alone or in an ambiguous landscape, they all build up the idea of someone who is having trouble connecting with her surroundings.”

UReCA congratulates Maris on her achievement and is happy to publish her work in our 2019 edition (available at UReCA provides a publication venue for undergraduates with works that make a significant contribution to their respective fields of study and can be anything from microbiology to musical composition. Through an online platform, UReCA encourages interdisciplinary creative activity and research among undergraduates.

“Being published in UReCA is a national honor,” said Brian J. White, Ph.D., UReCA faculty advisor and Dean of College of Arts and Sciences at Graceland University. “UReCA features only a handful of interdisciplinary works from among the best in the nation.”

Selections for the journal are made from submissions received by a team of undergraduates at multiple colleges across the nation. Submissions are received throughout the year and represent a wide range of subjects, including creative works, scientific studies, and humanities research. Submissions are received on a rolling basis, and final decisions are made every August. This year only 25 students were accepted into the journal at a 13% acceptance rate.

“The selection of these students’ work for publication demonstrates not only exemplary student achievement, but also excellent university faculty and staff support, which undergraduates need to succeed in their fields,” said Johnny MacLean, Ph.D., UReCA faculty advisor and Assistant Provost at Southern Utah University. “Becoming published in UReCA is a university-wide endeavor as students must carefully research and become experts in their fields at the undergraduate level before being selected.”

UReCA is an online, peer-reviewed journal that fosters the exchange of intellectual and creative work between undergraduate students, providing a platform where students can engage with and contribute to the advancement of their individual fields. For students interested in submitting work to UReCA, visit

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