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Uniting the Nation's Best Undergraduate Minds

Who We Are

UReCA: The NCHC Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity is the official undergraduate journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council. Submissions are accepted from students currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program . UReCA fosters the exchange of ideas between undergraduate students, providing a platform where students can engage with, and contribute to, the advancement of their individual fields. UReCA has published five editions to date and continues to work toward the dissemination of meaningful undergraduate work.


Students may submit works for consideration through Submittable. Any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program is eligible to submit, and submissions are welcome from any institution in the United States and abroad. Please submit your work with any relevant titles or captions. Omit your name, school, and any other identifying information in order to ensure an unbiased review process. You must also select the category that best suits your piece. Foreign language submissions should be accompanied by an English translation. The review process takes place during the summer and fall months. Submitters should expect to hear from UReCA with a decision of acceptance or rejection in September or October of each year. Each new edition is published in early November. Should you have any questions about the submission process, please email us at


UReCA is a student-led journal. Every year, honors students from NCHC institutions across the country may apply for a position on the team. The journal seeks to recruit a number of honors students with diverse academic backgrounds from universities across the United States. These students serve as UReCA’s Associate Editors and are responsible for the review of creative work and research submissions. Associate Editors provide feedback and revision suggestions to authors of the selected pieces while working with the Managing Editor and Production Team to develop and maintain the journal throughout the academic year, a process which culminates with the publication of the journal each November. Associate Editors also hold positions on committees that contribute to the success of the journal in various ways. Selected editors will be invited to a 4-day training session at Bryce Canyon National Park sponsored by NCHC; here editors will work closely with the UReCA production team housed at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. For the summer of 2021, our Associate Editor boot camp will be conducted virtually. The application will be available at the beginning of the calendar year; students can find more information regarding eligibility and the application here.