For the fifth year in a row, undergraduate student researchers here at UC San Diego will be presenting their work at the annual Biological Sciences Student Research Showcase. And for the third year in a row, Under the Scope will be bringing their research to life through art and writing. Following in the spirit of Paul Saltman, our goal, like that of Saltman Quarterly, has always been to communicate scientific findings to a wider audience. With the creation of Under the Scope, however, our hope is to highlight the research of our undergraduate students not only to biologists, but to any reader who is interested in science. We want to convey the amazing, cutting-edge research in a way that any layperson could understand, yet not lose any of the important science behind the discoveries.
Throughout the year, student authors and artists worked in teams to piece together a story about the research being presented at the Research Showcase. They pulled out the key information from the technical jargon and wove together the narratives of multiple students in a single cohesive article that illustrates the importance and applicability of the research in a way that is easy to understand, yet not insultingly so.