“In his short story, “The Aleph”, Jorge Luis Borges describes Aleph as “the place where, without any possible confusion, all the places in the world are seen from every angle.” I observe a similar confluence of viewpoints at UCLA. While Borges’ Aleph is little more than an inch, our campus is more than 400 acres but it too is home to students and systems of knowledge from around the globe. It is here at the UCLA undergraduate school that we find our own Aleph. We believe that through research students have the opportunity to realize the myriad of perspectives through which it is possible to see the world.”–Martha Webber, Founding Editor
Aleph (pronounced “ah-lef”) is UCLA’s only official journal publishing undergraduate research in the humanities, social sciences, and behavioral sciences. Run by undergraduates who review submissions continuously throughout the year, Aleph publishes select submissions in a quarterly on-line journal, and an annual “best of” print journal, with the support of our sponsor, the UCLA Undergraduate Research Center. Our goal is to disseminate a diverse group of papers that reflects the quality and breadth of undergraduate research at UCLA. Aleph offers an opportunity for motivated UCLA undergraduates to have their academic work published online and in print. By making UCLA’s undergraduate research available to a larger audience, we hope to broaden the impact and appeal of undergraduate research. To this end, we also nominate authors for awards, such as the Vice Provost’s Recognition Award, and staff UCLA’s annual Undergraduate Research Conference. As a student-run journal, Aleph provides all UCLA undergraduates the chance to join its staff and gain volunteer experience in publicizing, editing, and publishing. As a UCLA undergraduate student, do not pass up the opportunity to engage yourself with this world class research institution!
Aleph is made possible through funding from both the Undergraduate Research Center for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and the Division of Undergraduate Education.