About the Journal

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The Owl is an interdisciplinary journal that publishes the original research of Florida State University undergraduate students. The Owl's publications include term papers, faculty-sponsored DIS projects, Honors in the Major work, and IDEA Grant projects, as well as research-based creative works. The latter include artwork, photography, creative writing, and other creative projects whose development was informed by research. Submission to The Owl is open to undergraduate students from all majors and disciplines.

The Owl’s mission is to showcase original undergraduate student research through the annual publication of our journal and to prepare student submitters for future submission to professional journals by familiarizing them with the peer-review process.

This journal promotes an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas through the publication of research conducted by outstanding undergraduates at Florida State University. In doing so, The Owl showcases the heterogeneity of our emerging scholars and establishes undergraduate research as a focus of Florida State's academic community.

Publication Frequency

The Owl has a rolling submission process and accepts manuscripts for the next available issue throughout the academic year. New issues of the journal are published annually in the spring semester, with an occasional special issue in the fall.

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The Owl spotlights the remarkable research and creative works produced by undergraduate students at Florida State University. Devoted to exhibiting the results of intellectual curiosity at the undergraduate level, The Owl accentuates the capacity of Florida State students from all undergraduate disciplines to acquire the finest education in the country.

Launched under the vision and direction of Dr. Craig Filar and Dr. Cathy Levenson in the 2009-2010 academic year, the journal has published ten volumes, with an eleventh coming in the spring of 2021.

Named after the original seal employed from 1851 to 1901 by West Florida Seminary, The Owl anchors itself in the history of our institution, showcases the brightest minds of today, and keeps a sharp eye on the future. The Owl publishes research and creative works of undergraduates from all disciplines.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports the global exchange of knowledge. No fees are charged for submission or publication.



Dr. Craig Filar, Ph.D. • Associate Dean, Director, Office of National Fellowships • cfilar@admin.fsu.edu

 Dr. Annette Schwabe, Ph.D. • Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Director, FSU Honors Program • aschwabe@fsu.edu


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