Journal of Student Research in Environmental Science at Appalachian

JSRESA library:


  • ISSN 2162-7487 (print)
  • ISSN 2162-7495 (online)
  • J. Student Res. in Env. Science at Appalachian, Vol. X(Y): pp

Manuscript submissions (links coming soon!)

  • Student manuscript submission process
  • Faculty manuscript submission process
  • Manuscript template (students and faculty)
  • Submission questions, contact the Editorial Office (828-262-6836).

For hardcopies, contact:

JSRESA Editorial Office, Environmental Science Program, College of Arts and Sciences, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, 28608 (828)262-6836

We are very proud to introduce The Journal of Student Research in Environmental Science at Appalachian, a collection of non-peer-reviewed articles submitted by students of the Environmental Science Program at Appalachian State University.  As part of their “capstone” experience, each Environmental Science major learns to professionally disseminate their active learning project – the required research, outreach/education, or internship experience - by presenting their work to peers and faculty at the completion of the ENV 4100 Environmental Science Seminar course.  Instructors and faculty assess the student’s presentation and provide feedback on content, organization, methods, analysis, and conclusions, as well as presentation delivery and elocution. After revision from the presentation feedback, their work is submitted for publication in this journal – manuscripts scoring a grade of ‘B’ or higher and that adhere to the provided template and submission process are published in this journal.  The Journal of Student Research in Environmental Science at Appalachian therefore represents an artifact in support of learning and programmatic assessment and continuous improvement in several ways:

  • students learn to synthesize their active learning projects toward professional dissemination that contributes to the scientific community, 
  • students are actively immersed in the dissemination process which is focused on presentation and writing skills as well as the manuscript submission, review, and revision process,
  • faculty across several disciplines actively participate in supporting the active learning projects of the students,
  • faculty across several disciplines actively participate in the assessment and refinement of instruction and program development,
  • faculty, program administrators, and external advisory board members are able to readily map the student learning outcomes to the program’s goals and strategic plan,
  • alumni, family, friends, contributors, fellow researchers and educators, policy makers, and other interested stake holders are given immediate and transparent access to student and program artifacts.

An active learning project is required for all Environmental Science majors at Appalachian and can take on several forms (R1, R2, R3, I, O, and C) as follows:


  • R: Research
  1. Extended faculty-mentored project with external funding – The student participates in an externally-funded project that extends beyond the semester in which they took the capstone course.
  2. Extended faculty-mentored project – The student participates in a project that extends beyond the semester in which they took the capstone course and/or in a project that extends beyond the scope of the capstone course.
  3. External project – The student is/was involved in a research project undertaken at another institution or agency, domestic or international, under the guidance of mentors not at Appalachian, such as an REU experience, research-based internship, or a study-abroad experience.  The project may or may not be funded externally.
  •  I: Internship – The student performs an internship at another institution, government agency, or in industry over one or more semesters.
  • O: Outreach/Education – The student participates in the development and delivery of educational and/or outreach activities related to environmental science, either locally, regionally, nationally, or internationally.
  • C: Capstone project – The student selects their own capstone project, performs all necessary research, and disseminates the work, all within the scope of the capstone course, and under the guidance of university faculty and/or the capstone course instructor.

As a result of the wide range of options for student active learning projects, the student articles published in this journal reflect a correspondingly wide range of multi-disciplinary topics and may range from deeply investigated (R1-type) projects near completion to ‘term papers’ (C-type) based on secondary data sources.   

For more information, contact the Editorial Office (828-262-6836).