Writers are responsible for writing a features article on a topic that has been discussed with and approved by the Features Editor. Writers are responsible for interviewing the appropriate people and collecting images to be submitted along with the final article by the completion deadline.
Under the Scope Staff Writer
Writers will compose an article including key abstracts they find intriguing and relevant to research being done in one of five categories represented at the annual Biological Sciences Student Research Showcase, and discussed with and approved by the UTS Features Editor. A writer is responsible for interviewing the appropriate people and collecting images to be submitted along with the final article by the completion deadline.
The Online Reporter writes articles on biology topics that they find fascinating and would like to explore, with the approval of the Online Editor. The reporter integrates feedback into their articles and fine tunes them with interviews, images and more — eventually posting their own work on the Saltman Quarterly website for the UCSD community and the biological community to read and enjoy.
The student blogger writes and develops a blog on student life throughout the year. Blogs are featured on SQ Online and provide a unique perspective on what it’s like to be a biology student on campus. We select four bloggers with diverse backgrounds and interests
The Technical Editor is responsible for helping all Saltman Quarterly writers produce their best writing by checking for grammar, spelling, structure, and more. Experience with reading scientific literature is preferred, and strict adherence to all deadlines is essential.
Research & Review
Review Board Member
Review Board Members are assigned to one of our four sections based on their interest and availability. Members will receive 1-3 manuscripts each quarter for personal review. Members will then submit a review form detailing their analysis and opinion of the paper which will be taken into serious consideration by both the author and the SQ editorial staff.
Community Outreach Committee
The Community Outreach Committee Member is part of a dedicated staff that helps SQ’s Community Outreach efforts to expose K-12 students in the San Diego area to STEM, research, and communication. Assignments and responsibilities will be in accordance with the Community Outreach Chair, and each member will have an opportunity to help create, plan, and execute the outreach activities.
SQ Media Specialists report to the Media Director and generate creative and engaging content for SQ’s social media platforms. They work to extend the reach of SQ and increase accessibility to scientific research.
The Staff Illustrator is responsible for complementing written content with creative and appropriate illustrations to enhance the reader experience in both understanding and appreciation of the subject matter.
The Staff Photographers are responsible for capturing “biology in action” through high-quality images. They will also work together with the different groups within SQ to capture images that will be incorporated into both the print and online media published by SQ.
SQ Layout Designer
SQ Designers are responsible for creating the layout and style of the SQ Journal. Designers must have knowledge of how to create visually-interesting, professional-looking publications. They report to the SQ and UTS Production editors and work with Photography, Illustration, and Research teams.
The Web Intern will be responsible for helping the Webmaster manage all aspects of SQ Online. The Web Intern position allows the student to be introduced into the inner workings of SQ Online, and is a stepping stone to the Webmaster position on SQ’s Core Staff.
Core Staff Positions
SQ Features Editor
The SQ Features Editor is responsible for staff writers, guiding them towards completion of features articles for the Saltman Quarterly research journal. They are responsible for providing writer’s workshops, peer editing sessions, and other events necessary to ensure the completion of a professional features article by each of the staff writers.
UTS Features Editor
The UTS Features Editor is responsible for staff writers, guiding them towards completion of a features article for the Under the Scope magazine. They are responsible for providing writer’s workshops, peer editing sessions, and other events necessary to ensure the completion of a well-written article by each of the staff writers.
The Online Editor is responsible for overseeing all features-style content that is posted on the SQ Online website. They provide creative direction and regularly review and accept article pitches from Online Reporters. They are responsible for providing writer’s workshops, peer editing sessions, and other events necessary to ensure the completion of high-quality pieces by Online Reporters. They will coordinate with the Blog Manager and Online Outreach Coordinator to ensure that articles are published by appropriate deadlines.
The Blog Manager is responsible for overseeing all blogs posted on the SQ Online website. They approve blog themes, provide creative direction, and regularly review and accept article pitches from Bloggers. They are responsible for providing writer’s workshops, peer editing sessions, and other events necessary to ensure the completion of high-quality pieces by Bloggers. They will coordinate with the Online Editor and Online Outreach Coordinator to ensure that articles are published by appropriate deadlines.
Head Tech Editor
The Head Technical Editor works with their technical editing team to ensure that all Saltman Quarterly pieces have consistent grammar, spelling, and style. They help guide the voices of SQ pieces as according to each specific publication and work closely with executive staff and other writing editors to ensure that deadlines are met.
Research & Review
The Research Editor is responsible for advertising and ensuring the submission of UCSD undergraduate research manuscripts, reviews, and Master’s brevias. They work closely with the Review Board Manager to advance scientific writing and scholarship.
Review Board Manager
The Review Board Manager is responsible for the SQ Review Board. They organize regular workshops focused in building reviewing skills as well as coordinate the reviewing and editing of SQ research submissions with Review Board. They work closely with the Research Editors to engage undergraduates in the process of editing manuscripts and scientific reviews.
The Media Director is responsible for curating creative content to increase science accessibility. They coordinate inter-team collaboration to generate science content for SQ’s social media platforms, and they also oversee the publicizing of SQ events and opportunities. They work closely with the executive team to grow SQ’s reach to external audiences through innovative use of online media.
Community Outreach Coordinator
The Community Outreach Coordinator is in charge of communicating Saltman Quarterly’s passion for science to the community through service projects. They are responsible for coordinating with external partners to host events, staffing members of the Community Outreach team at events, and overseeing the development of new activities and content throughout the year. They are also responsible for coordinating the annual SQ High School Essay Contest.
The Head Illustrator is responsible for the deadlines and creative direction for illustrations in the SQ Research Journal, UTS Magazine, SQ Insider, and SQ Online. They coordinate with the writing heads to connect writers with illustrators to create engaging and scientifically accurate content.
The Head Photographer is responsible for the deadlines and creative direction for photography in SQ Online pieces, the UTS magazine, SQ Insiders, and social media. They are responsible for coordinating the annual SQ Photo Contest.
SQ Production Editor
The SQ Production Editor is in charge of managing the design and overall publication of the SQ Research Journal. This position overlooks the Research, Features, and Special Sections Design Editors. They are responsible for working with the UTS Production Editor to coordinate an efficient and timely production schedule, always working with the production team.
UTS Production Editor
The UTS Production Editor is in charge of managing the design and overall publication of the Under the Scope magazine. This position overlooks the UTS Features Design Editor. They are responsible for working with the SQ Production Editor to coordinate an efficient and timely production schedule, always working with the production team.
The Webmaster is responsible for the maintenance and updating of the SQ website in a regular and timely manner. This includes setting up online and executive staff with accounts, managing permissions on old and new writer accounts, adding new SQ/UTS/Insider issues to the website, and updating website aesthetics.