According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the prefix proto- connotes something that is the “earliest, original; at an early stage of development, primitive; incipient, potential.” At its best, undergraduate scholarship embodies all of these qualities. While it almost certainly constitutes scholarship at an early stage of development, it also has the potential to be original and innovative; the seeds of future thought often take root during the undergraduate years. Proto was created to foster this process of germination and growth.
By restricting the journal’s geographic range to the mid-Atlantic region, we hope to provide opportunities for intellectual exchange between area institutions. Submissions are reviewed by a board of faculty members from a variety of colleges and universities in the mid-Atlantic region. Please consult the submission guidelines if you are interested in being published in the journal.
The journal was inspired by the success of the Stevenson University Undergraduate Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, which has brought together participants from colleges in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware every spring since 2001. The first two issues of Proto feature a selection of the best essays from that year’s conference. Beginning with the 2013 issue, the journal will be made up entirely of open submissions.
We hope you are inspired by the creativity and intellect of the scholars featured in Proto. Check out a sample essay, purchase a back issue from Amazon.com, and please, pass on word of Proto to friends and colleagues!
Edited by Jean Lee Cole and Alex Hooke
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