About

Auctus: The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creativity is student-run and peer-reviewed. Auctus accepts submissions from VCU undergraduates in all disciplines. The journal welcomes submissions of research articles, technical papers, expository articles and works of creative scholarship including visual art, music, creative writing, film and multi-media projects.

Auctus supports VCU’s mission to “engage all undergraduates in research, scholarship and creative expression.” Auctus is available to all as a web-based publication.

Auctus is sponsored by the Honors College and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. Auctus was founded in 2009 by former undergraduate researcher, Honors College student, and Goldwater Scholar, Christopher Pang. Through the generosity of the Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program and Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, graphic design major Dylan Halpern and mass communications major Lauren N. Colie created a new website to revive Pang’s vision.

By giving students a public forum for expressing their intellectual pursuits, Auctus promotes increased student engagement in research and creative scholarship while also fostering a scholarly community of emerging creators and researchers.

Auctus Staff

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013

  • Faculty Advisors
  • Herb Hill
    Director for Undergraduate Research,
    Office of Research
    News + Noteworthy
    Auctus Advisor

  • Mary Boyes
    Assistant Professor of Writing,
    Honors College
    Creative
    Auctus Advisor

  • Megan Hodge
    Teaching and Learning Librarian,
    VCU Libraries
    Social Sciences

  • Christine Cynn, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Gender
    Sexuality and Women's Studies,
    Humanities Advisor.

  • Rebecca Martin
    IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellow,
    VCU School of Medicine
    STEM

  • Honorary Advisory Board
  • Jackie Smith-Mason
    Assistant Dean,
    Honors College
    STEM

  • Christian Ruiz
  • Kate Duggan
  • Cassidy Sheehan
  • Nikhil Ailaney
  • Alexander Ip

  • Editors-in-Chief
  • Elizabeth Farschon
  • Nadia Rentia
  • Morgan Senter

  • Managing Editor
  • Caroline Clary

  • Creative Section Co-Editors
  • Monika Davanaboyina and Mary Metzger

  • Creative Section Reviewers
  • Ian Crovella
  • Emily Furlich
  • Lydia Gyurina
  • Caroline Meyers
  • Ashley Prosser
  • Jordan Rockwell

  • Humanities Section Faculty Advisor
  • Professor Christine Cynn

  • Humanities Section Editor
  • Rosellen Provost

  • Humanities Section Reviewers
  • Emily Cheng
  • Theresa Dinh
  • Sarah Gibson
  • Argie Limberis
  • Sarah Tensen

  • Social Sciences Section Faculty Advisor
  • Megan Hodge

  • Social Sciences Section Editors
  • Anjali Om
  • Madhuri Prayaga

  • Social Sciences Associate Editors
  • Kiran Kaur
  • Ankita Thakur

  • Social Sciences Reviewers
  • Emaan Chaudry
  • Caroline Clary
  • Maya Harrington
  • Prem Madesh
  • Taruni Maganti
  • Jordan Rasure
  • April Ruiz
  • Charly Sager

  • Social Sciences Intern
  • Sabiya Davis, Open High School

  • STEM Section Editor
  • Shanmuka Gadiraju

  • STEM Co-Associate Editors
  • Caitlin Cain
  • Patrick Jones

  • STEM Reviewers
  • Gopika Hari
  • Tiffany Ho
  • Sneha Krish
  • Jersey Ann Krupp
  • Faiz Plastikwala
  • Neha Pondicherry
  • Bijal Rajput
  • Zuhayr Shaikh
  • Jessica Wimberly

  • N + N Section Editor
  • Sravya Uppalapti

  • N + N Associate Editor
  • Caitlin Cain

  • N + N Staff Writer
  • Mitchell Pei

  • Webmaster
  • Michelle Nguyen


  • Faculty Mentors
  • Herb Hill
    Director for Undergraduate Research,
    Office of Research
    News + Noteworthy
    Auctus Advisor

  • Mary Boyes
    Assistant Professor of Writing,
    Honors College
    Creative
    Auctus Advisor

  • Megan Hodge
    Teaching and Learning Librarian,
    VCU Libraries
    Social Sciences

  • Jackie Smith-Mason
    Assistant Dean,
    Honors College
    STEM

  • Christine Cynn, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Gender
    Sexuality and Women's Studies,
    Humanities Advisor.

  • Rebecca Martin
    IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellow,
    VCU School of Medicine
    STEM

  • Student Advisors
  • Christian Ruiz

  • Editors-in-Chief
  • Kate Duggan
  • Cassidy Sheehan

  • Managing Editor
  • Nikhil Ailaney
  • Alexander Ip
  • Christian Ruiz

  • Creative Section Editor
  • Isabel Lee

  • Creative Associate Section Editor
  • Elizabeth Farschon

  • Creative Reviewers
  • Monika Devanaboyina
  • Sonika Singh
  • Hallie Chametzky

  • Humanities Section Editor
  • Morgan Senter

  • Humanities Associate Section Editor
  • Kristina Soriano

  • Humanities Reviewers
  • Aishwarya Nugooru
  • Madhuri Prayaga
  • Keerthana Shankar

  • Social Sciences Section Editor
  • Anthony Jones

  • Social Sciences Associate Section Editor
  • Dakota Becker

  • Social Sciences Reviewers
  • Tanisha Agarwala
  • Atom Foltz
  • Majesta-Doré Legnini
  • Rosellen Provost

  • STEM Section Editor
  • Ashkhan Hojati

  • STEM Associate Section Editor
  • Nadia Rentia

  • STEM Reviewers
  • Shanmuka Gadiraju
  • Nam Ha
  • Varun Vishnubhatla

  • N + N Section Editor
  • Nadia Rentia

  • N + N Associate Section Editor
  • Sravya Uppalapati

  • N + N Writer
  • Joshnamaithili Seelam i
  • Caitlin Cain

  • N + N Social Media Editor
  • Noor Sami

  • Print Designers
  • Isabel Lee
  • Francine Singson

  • Web Designer
  • Taylor Early
  • Emma Craine

  • Faculty Mentors
  • Herb Hill
    Director for Undergraduate Research,
    Office of Research
    News + Noteworthy

  • Mary Boyes
    Assistant Professor of Writing,
    Honors College
    Creative

  • Megan Hodge
    Teaching and Learning Librarian,
    VCU Libraries
    Social Sciences

  • Jackie Smith-Mason
    Assistant Dean,
    Honors College
    STEM

  • Faye Prichard
    Director of Writing,
    Honors College
    Humanities

  • Rebecca Martin
    IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellow,
    VCU School of Medicine
    STEM

  • Student Advisors
  • Dylan Halpern
  • Lauren Collie

  • Editors-in-Chief
  • David Scherer
  • Christian Ruiz

  • Managing Editor
  • Nikhil Ailaney

  • Associate Managing Editor
  • Alexander Ip

  • Creative Section Editor
  • Kate Duggan

  • Creative Associate Section Editor
  • Isabel Lee

  • Creative Reviewers
  • Morgan Senter
  • Selathia Chestnut
  • Frank Finch

  • Humanities Section Editor
  • Abigail Burns

  • Humanities Associate Section Editor
  • Rachael Mott

  • Humanities Reviewers
  • Rebecca Lynne Earnhardt
  • Amanda Pressman
  • Elisa Rudolph
  • Cassidy Sheehan

  • Social Sciences Section Editor
  • Cindy Nguyen

  • Social Sciences Associate Section Editor
  • Merit George

  • Social Sciences Reviewers
  • Nicole Robinette
  • Tess Davis
  • Jerry Mize II

  • STEM Section Editor
  • Nicolas Miguel Andrade

  • STEM Associate Section Editor
  • Danielle Austen

  • STEM Reviewers
  • Bethany Eckerd
  • Sameen Meshkin
  • Bobby Cox
  • Natalie Noll
  • Diana Duong
  • Ashkhan Hojati
  • Paul Pottanat

  • N + N Section Editor
  • Nadia Rentia

  • N + N Associate Section Editor
  • Rachel Mahoney

  • N + N Writer
  • Sravya Uppalapati
  • Sterling Giles

  • N + N Social Media Editor
  • Alexandra Gill

  • Print Designers
  • Isabel Lee
  • Brianna Burroughs

  • Web Designer
  • Taylor Early

  • Copy Editor
  • Natasha Sheybani

  • Editors-in-Chief
  • Dylan Halpern
  • Lauren Collie

  • Student Advisor
  • Wahab Syed

  • Managing Editor
  • Ellen Korcovelos

  • Associate Managing Editor
  • Tary Dollings

  • Creative Section Editor
  • Michael Waite

  • Creative Associate Section Editor
  • Ashley McCoy

  • Creative Copy Editors
  • Leslie Pyo
  • Aria Roach

  • Humanities Section Editor
  • Rebekah Rifareal

  • Humanities Associate Section Editor
  • Christian Ruiz

  • Humanities Copy Editors
  • Rebecca Ribley
  • Rachael Mott

  • Social Sciences Section Editor
  • Rose Bono

  • Social Sciences Associate Section Editor
  • Adame Frances

  • Social Sciences Copy Editors
  • Mary Boltz
  • Dorothy Yen

  • STEM Section Editor
  • Michael Barber

  • STEM Associate Section Editor
  • Natasha Sheybani

  • STEM Copy Editors
  • Dylan Vu
  • Ananya Mishra

  • Design Lead
  • Taylor Early

  • Associate Designer
  • Taryn Annis

  • Resources Editor
  • Akanksha Patel

  • News + Noteworthy Editor
  • Henry Lutz

  • News + Noteworthy Associate Editor
  • Rachel Sutton

  • News + Noteworthy Associate for Social Media
  • Alexandra Gill

  • News + Noteworthy Copy Editor
  • Rachel Mahoney

  • News + Noteworthy Staff
  • Brandon Clifford
  • Banarubini Ramanan
  • Nadia Rentia
  • Reviewers
  • Britany Allen
  • Natalie Noll
  • Diana Duong
  • Autumn Cooper
  • Danielle Honings
  • Pahul Hanjra
  • Ryan Meshkin
  • Nicolas Andrade
  • Merit George
  • Cindy Nguyen
  • Gullnar Syed
  • Victoria McDonald
  • Kayla Chalkley
  • Kamille Jackson
  • Woojin Ahn
  • Hannah Huddle
  • John Quarstein

  • Faculty Mentors
  • Faye Prichard
    Main Mentor
    Director of Writing
    Honors College
  • Jacqueline Smith-Mason
    Main Mentor
    Assistant Dean
    Honors College
  • Herb Hill
    Director for Undergraduate Research,
    Office of Research
    News + Noteworthy
  • Liz Johns
    Teaching and Learning Librarian,
    VCU Libraries
    Social Sciences
  • Jackie Smith-Mason
    Assistant Dean,
    Honors College
    STEM
  • Faye Prichard
    Director of Writing,
    Honors College
    Humanities
  • Mary Boyes
    Assistant Professor,
    University College
    Creative

  • Editors-in-Chief
  • Wahab Syed
  • Taylor Horak

  • Managing Editor
  • Lauren Colie

  • Co-Editors For Creative Works
  • Hannah Rumsey
  • Sterling Toppings

  • Co-Editors For The Humanities
  • Alexandra Gill
  • Hannah-Marie Hanmer

  • Co-Editors For The Social Sciences
  • Rose Bono
  • Allen Crump

  • Co-Editors For Stem
  • Anand Gandhi
  • Molly Grover
  • Donald Jessup

  • Co-Editors For News And Noteworthy
  • Sahil Aggarwal
  • Rebekah Rifareal

  • Lead Copyeditors/Proofreaders
  • Chrissy Epperson
  • Jay Patel

  • Lead Designer
  • Dylan Halpern

  • Reviewers For Creative Works
  • Christina Ditomasso
  • Heather Duke
  • Taylor Early
  • Tomas Peters

  • Reviewers For The Humanities
  • Brandon Day
  • Taryn Dollings
  • Susan Ghodrat
  • Christian Ruiz

  • Reviewers For The Social Sciences
  • Merit George
  • Rachael Mott

  • Copyeditors/Proofreaders For The Social
  • Jess Lee
  • Cindy Nguyen

  • Reviewers For Stem
  • Nikhil Ailaney
  • Sidrah Alam
  • Keith Herbert
  • Aiza Humayun
  • Kavya Kommaraju
  • Jahnnavi Madiraju
  • Ananya Mishra
  • Matthew Mustico
  • Natalie Noll
  • Ritu Pandey
  • Kaitlyn Parkman
  • Natasha Sheybani
  • Christine Taylor
  • Kaitlyn Thomas
  • Arjun Venkatasubramanian
  • Dylan Vu

  • Copyeditors/Proofreaders For Stem
  • Michael Barber
  • Pahul Hanjra
  • Aryn Mcclain
  • Kayvon Mobarakeh
  • Kaitlyn Proctor
  • Dorothy Yen

  • Reviewers For News And Noteworthy
  • Daniel Reep

  • Layout And Design Staff
  • Kaitlyn Donahue
  • Esther Eom
  • Edwin Leinbach
  • Emma Taggart
  • Heather Thomas

  • Faculty Reviewers
  • Amy Adkins
    Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Kyungeh An
    Associate Professor
    School of Nursing
  • John Aughenbaugh
    Instructor
    L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • Mary Boyes
    Assistant Professor of Writing
    Honors College
  • Robin Everhart
    Assistant Professor
    Psychology
  • Charity Fowler
    Media Art & Text
  • Herb Hill
    Office of Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
  • Liz Johns
    Teaching and Learning Librarian
    VCU Libraries
  • Allison Johnson
    Assistant Professor
    Center for the Study of Biological Complexity
  • Matt King
    Acting Chair and Assistant Professor
    Art Foundation
  • Bernard Means
    Instructor
    School of World Studies

  • Faculty Mentors
  • Faye Prichard
    Director of Writing
    Honors College
  • Jacqueline Smith-Mason
    Assistant Dean
    Honors College
  • Herb Hill
    Office of Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
    Office of Research
    News + Noteworthy
  • Liz Johns
    Teaching and Learning Librarian
    VCU Libraries
    Social Sciences
  • Jackie Smith-Mason
    Assistant Dean
    Honors College
    STEM
  • Faye Prichard
    Director of Writing
    Honors College
    Humanities
  • Mary Boyes
    Assistant Professor
    Honors College
    Creative
  • Please direct all
  • journal submissions
  • and inquiries to
  • Auctus@vcu.edu



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