Lucerna is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal, and UMKC's only undergraduate research journal, publishing articles by students in the social sciences, sciences, and humanities. Established in 2005 by the UMKC Honors College, Lucerna's purpose is to cultivate and showcase high-caliber scholarship from the entire UMKC undergraduate community. Any current UMKC undergraduate may submit a research paper written anytime during their academic career at UMKC. If you would like a copy of Lucerna, please stop by the Honors College in 348 Administrative Center, or click below to view the latest issue:

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Each submission is blind-reviewed by a volunteer-based staff of student readers from the Honors College as well as faculty and staff from the Honors College. Papers are judged on the basis of their clarity, originality, organization, and argumentative qualities. Having one's work published in Lucerna is a great achievement for any undergraduate looking to further her or his education or to begin a professional career.

Laurie Ellinghausen, Ph.D.
Lucerna Faculty Sponsor

Henrietta Rix Wood, Ph.D.
Lucerna Faculty Advisor


We are currently accepting submissions.  Please see the Lucerna guidelines for information about submitting.

The UMKC Writing Studio, located on the second floor of the Atterbury Student Success Center, is an invaluable resource for student writers. They offer quality, one-on-one consultations that will assist you in the organization of ideas and content in your research paper. No matter what field of study you may be in, the writing studio staff is equipped to help polish and improve your work. Visit Writing Studio Student Services to make an appointment for an onsite session, or an online session (via email or Skype) if it better suits your schedule.

Congratulations to the UMKC students whose papers have been selected for the 2014 Lucerna!

Kelly R. Hangaur (History) German Americans in Missouri: The American Civil War

Skyler D. King (English) The Unknown and Unknowable Shakespeare

Natalie Walker (History) All is Fair in Love and War

Emily Pedersen (Political Science) Media Framing of Congressional Republicans during the Government Shutdown in 2013

Christopher A. Valdivieso (French) Zone Grise-Le choix d'un harki

Samantha Harris (Psychology) Barriers to Cardiac Rehabilitation Participation: Predicting Enrollment in an Urban, Safety-Net Hospital

Sarah Alnazer (Sociology) Overall Health and Wellbeing of Female Veterans; Compared to Their Male Counterparts

Sydney Ingram (English) Beat to Death: The Beat Generation's Impact on Neal Cassady

Jordan Miles (Psychology/English) Empowering Our Future

Marianne McKenzie (Theater/French) Faible ou forte? French Theater in Sweden


Contact Info

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5115 Oak Street, Room 348
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: (816) 235-2182




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