The Western Undergraduate Research Journal: Health and Natural Sciences (WURJHNS) started in 2009. It is a student-run open access, peer- and Faculty-reviewed online journal that publishes a variety of articles, including research articles, mini-review articles, Students in the Field reports, briefing notes, short communications, and Letters to the Editor.

Call for Papers
WURJHNS is now accepting submissions in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Health Sciences, Medical Sciences, and related subject areas. Submission of quality papers for review is strongly encouraged. Interested authors should read the submission guidelines first. All articles judged suitable for consideration will be reviewed in a double blinded process by the WURJHNS editorial review board. The journal accepts articles on a rolling submissions basis and thus will accept submissions at any time throughout the year. For more information, contact wurjhns@uwo.ca.

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Current Issue: Volume 8, Issue 1 (2017)

Research Articles


Plant Warfare: Allelopathic Effects of Nicotiana tabacum on the Germination of Vigna radiata and Triticum aestivum
Jason M. Baek, Olivia J. Kawecki, Krishawn D. Lubin, Jialin Song, Olivia A. Wiens, and Fiona Wu


Time-Restricted Eating In Women - A Pilot Study
Siobhan T. Smith, Jordan C. LeSarge, and Peter W.R. Lemon


The Effect of Plantar Flexor Fatigue and Cognitive Recall Task on Standing Balance
William J. Smith, Dillon J. Richards, Shibo H. Zhou, and Tanner Kennedy


The Effects of Footwear on Squat Movements
Joshua W. Cohen, Philip Lee, and Jessa Buchman-Pearle

Perspective Article

Review Article

Students in the Field

Faculty Profiles

Evolutionary GEM


Evolutionary GEM: Evolution of Lactase Persistence
Xinghan (Hill) Du and Patricia M. Gray

2017/2018 WURJHNS Team

Andrew Wang
Diana Varyvoda

Managing Editor
Emerald Liang

Associate Editors
Anastasiya Vinokurtseva
Violet Liu

Editorial Review Board
Daniel Cao
Danielle Romanchik
Dika Ojiakor
Jonathan Zhao
Mathushan Subasri
Youngkyung Jung

Academic Affairs Committee
Kathleen Qu
Reza Naqvi

Anthony Li
Dana Nguyen
Shengjie Ying
Wilson Ho

Production Managers
Edward Ho
Kevin Zhou

Graphic Designer
Joselia Carlos

Outreach Coordinator
Neetin Prabhu

First Year Representatives
Amina Kassam
Nemo Liu
Yuxuan (Max) Jiang
Rebecca Lau
Dora Parkinson