PURSUE: Undergraduate Research Journal

Welcome to PURSUE: Undergraduate Research Journal. This journal offers a scholarly platform for undergraduates and their mentors to share original research. Each article is peer reviewed by our Editorial Board and discipline specific outside review editors. Articles are accepted in the broad categories of science, technology, communication, agriculture, mathematics,architecture, engineering, history, political science, health and education (this is not an exclusive list). The journal does not charge a fee for submission nor publication.

Undergraduate students are the first author for all publications. The specific author guidelines for submission are listed in the “Author Submission Guidelines” section.

Happy Scientific Reading!

Yolander R. Youngblood, Ph.D.
Executive Editor
PURSUE: Undergraduate Research Journal

Current Issue: Volume 3, Issue 1 (2020)

A Note from the Executive Editor

It is with great pleasure that I present to you Volume 3 Issue 1 of PURSUE: Undergraduate Research Journal. All articles in this issue are peer reviewed by scientists. The peer review process is a competitive one. Only those articles recommended by both the review editors, who provide discipline specific expertise, and the editorial board were selected. This issue includes insightful articles in the areas of agriculture, biological engineering, health and nutrition.

The entire Editorial Board and Review Editors must be thanked for this issue. Special thanks are extended to Tracey Moore, MFA and R. Michelle Sauer Gehring, PhD, ELS, CRA. They provided countless hours selecting review editors, reviewing manuscripts, formatting documents proofing, and creating our new graphic design for the Digital Commons platform.

This is the first issue of the journal housed on the PVAMU Digital Commons platform. This platform exposes the research articles to a wider audience. A special thanks goes to the PVAMU library staff for facilitating the journal’s online move. Yolander Youngblood, Ph.D.



The Effects of Fertilizer Rate on the Growth of Egyptian Spinach in a Greenhouse
Michelle Mbia, Eric Obeng, Aruna Weerasooriya, and Peter Ampim


Biological Pathways Associated with Wild and Domestic Animals
Cayla Steemer, Laura Carson, Jim Hu, and Gloria Regisford


About the Authors
Tracey Moore


Yolander Youngblood