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About CURJ

CURJ is Caltech's award-winning undergraduate research journal, dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of the numerous undergraduates conducting research at Caltech during the SURF program and throughout the academic year. The journal is written in an accessible style to reach a broad audience, and all research articles are written by the undergraduates themselves. CURJ also publishes interviews with Caltech faculty to provide a window into new and interesting fields of research.

CURJ gives prospective students, parents, alumni, donors, and the press exposure to quality undergraduate research. The journal also gives students an outlet for their intellectual creativity. The impressive and diverse results published in CURJ reflect the unique opportunities undergraduates have (and take advantage of) to pursue research during their time at Caltech. Research is the pinnacle of the undergraduate experience at Caltech and the raison d'être of CURJ.


CURJ has repeatedly won the National Pacemaker Award, administered by the Associated Collegiate Press and widely considered to be the Pulitzer Prize of student journalism. Entries are judged on content, quality of writing and editing, art and graphics, layout and design, and theme. The journal won the prize in 2008, 2007 and 2004 and was a finalist in 2009 and 2005.

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For more information about CURJ and associated programs, you can visit the following websites: