URNCST Journal Mentored Paper

The URNCST Journal team prides itself on its commitment to advocate for undergraduate STEM research. In our endeavours to promote undergraduate research, we have published a number of papers from undergraduate research competitions and case competitions. From these ventures, we have identified a couple of themes were found to recur independently as follows: 1) undergraduate students are extremely keen to use their critical thinking skills to participate in research endeavours that recognize their valuable work and 2) there exists a subset of students who desire to contribute to undergraduate STEM research but due to one reason or another are unable to take part in such research or feel as if they may need closer guidance during the writing process. Despite this, many thousands of undergraduate students across the globe play crucial roles in making new discoveries every single year.

In an effort to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to contribute to STEM research literature, we have established our novel Mentored Paper initiative. Students that have been selected will have the opportunity to be partnered with a graduate student as they write a paper that is of publishable quality. The topic of the paper will be in the graduate student’s area of expertise to allow them to more effectively guide the students throughout the writing process. Students will be mentored from the design stage to write up, and the final paper will be peer-reviewed by another graduate student, to allow the students to experience external-feedback. This opportunity provides undergraduate students the chance to improve their scientific writings skills and go through the entire process of writing an academic paper, while working under the supervision of a graduate student.


Eligibility to Participate: The mentored paper is open to authors who are enrolled in an undergraduate (i.e. BSc, BEng, BA, etc.) or professional-undergraduate (i.e. MD, DDS, PharmD, OD, RN, etc.) degree program.

About the Competition: Undergraduate students participating in the URNCST Journal Mentored Paper are required to draft and submit an abstract on a topic that is of interest to them based on the questions provided below. This abstract must be in the format of either 1) a research protocol (i.e. a plan to conduct a study) OR 2) a review (i.e. a review of the currently existing literature); it is not acceptable to simply summarize a single study already published in the literature by an academic journal. Students may submit an abstract alone or in teams of up to 3. These abstracts will be reviewed for suitability (i.e. understanding of topic, writing ability), and accepted students will paired with the graduate student who proposed the topic and will mentor the undergraduate (team) in drafting a manuscript that is of suitable quality to undergo peer-review by the URNCST Journal. As participants will be under the guidance of a graduate student, they are not required to have a complete understanding of the topic, but should have done their due dilligence in reading about the topic online and have the motivation and dedication to learn from the mentoring graduate student.

Topics Available: Please see below for a complete list of the available research topics for the papers. Please note that these are the only questions accepted students should write on and they are not subject to change.


Deadline to Submit Abstract for Consideration: July 15, 2020 @ 11:59PM EST

The next Mentored Paper Competition round will be opening soon.


Update: Decisions have been rendered on all abstracts submitted by the July 15th, 2020 deadline. If you submitted an abstract for this round and did not receive an outcome, please contact us at competition@urncst.com.


After selecting a topic, please click "Learn More & SUBMIT ABSTRACT" below and follow the instructions provided.




Is possible to grow cellulose layers of controllable porosity at home?


There are many naturally occurring chemicals that exhibit semiconducting properties (e.g. the dye in berries) and therefore can be used in devices such as solar cells. What do we know about such materials and can we find any new uses for them as semiconductors?


What is the importance of resistance exercise training for older adults?


What is the dose-response of muscle protein synthesis to whey protein ingestion at rest and after resistance exercise in middle-age adults?


What is the effect of mHealth interventions compared to usual care on glycemic control in women with diabetes during pregnancy (T1D, T2D, GDM)?


What effects do physical activity and exercise have on leptin levels and adiposity?


What effects do physical activity and exercise have on depression and inflammation?


What is the influence of menstrual cycle conditions (ex. amenorrhea, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)) on cardiovascular outcomes?


What current therapies currently exist for the treatment of schizophrenia?


What is known about the pathogenesis of major depressive disorders?


What is the role of digital technology in chronic disease management?


What inequities may be perpetuated through the increased use of digital health platforms?


Are there decreases in health app usage overtime? What factors might be contributing to these decreases?


What are strategies for new cancer therapeutics? How do emerging cancer therapeutics compare to those currently available?


What are proposed models for the genesis of functional heterogeneity in cancer and what are strategies for targeting cancer stem cells?


To what extent is the nucleus reuniens inovled in the memory generalization?


How does neurogenesis mediate inaccessibility of memories?


It has been shown that women having birthed 5 or more children are at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. What is the relationship between reproductive history and Alzheimer incidence?


Nanoparticle drug delivery is a popular area of study at the moment. What nanoparticle characteristics are ideal when developing drug delivery systems to the human placenta? Do any current nanoparticle designs meet that criteria?