About This Journal
Our journal takes its name from two previously separate publications at the University of Mississippi. In 2009, the Department of Writing and Rhetoric launched Venture, a magazine showcasing freshman student writing, especially creative works of prose, poetry, and art. The original Venture ran until 2013.
In 2015, Whitney Greer, a UM Writing Center consultant, created the University of Mississippi Undergraduate Research Journal (UMURJ) to provide an outlet for undergraduate researchers to publish their work. The Associated Student Body recognized the importance of this endeavor and fully sponsored the journal for its first two years of publication. The journal continued until 2019. Sadly, during the COVID-19 pandemic and temporary shift to online and remote learning that followed, previous editors graduated and publishing the journal became very difficult.
In Fall 2021, a group of students and faculty decided to revive these efforts to celebrate excellence in undergraduate student scholarship by combining Venture and the UMURJ. Today, we are a registered student organization housed in the UM Writing Centers, with generous support from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs as well as the Department of Writing and Rhetoric.