Volume 1 (2021) Issue 1
Letter from the Editors
To the University of Louisville Community,
It is our honor to bring to you the Fall 2021 issue of The Cardinal Edge (TCE), the University of Louisville’s (UofL) sole peer-reviewed, student-run, annual undergraduate research journal. TCE is committed to showcasing high-level student research and creative activity from UofL’s undergraduate community. The Cardinal Edge was initially conceived in a study room at the Belknap Academic Building by its Chief Editors in 2019, and we are elated to share this work with you in this 2020-2021 issue. Considering the difficult circumstances brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are extremely proud of the undergraduate students who submitted to our journal. In our first issue, authors’ research topics range from nonprofit organization’s social media management to exploring Kentucky’s rich, queer history. We are also excited to present a Spotlight article featuring interviews with Dr. Zhang, Mr. Rahman, and Dr. Enders, describing their research on COVID-19.
Over this past year, The Cardinal Edge was established in collaboration with UofL’s institutional repository, ThinkIR, to provide an accessible platform for undergraduates to submit their research. We are grateful to the programs, organizations, and individuals on campus who have promoted and continue to support our mission. We hope to increase our visibility in UofL’s community and strengthen our reputation as an academic journal in upcoming years. Amidst the challenge of the pandemic, we were able to establish a portfolio of student-led initiatives to promote leadership, networking, and research experiences while enhancing undergraduate involvement at UofL.
This issue would not be possible without the efforts of our undergraduate student journal staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the journal. We would like to thank our student and faculty reviewers for their contributions. We extend our deepest gratitude to our journal sponsor, Dr. Charles Leonard, and faculty advisors, Dr. Mark Running and Dr. Shira Rabin.
We are immensely proud to present to you The Cardinal Edge’s first issue.
Best, Your Editors-in-Chief
Betty Ngo Jahnavi Sunkara Samuel Kessler Priyadarshini Chandrashekhar
Jahnavi Sunkara '22 Betty Ngo '23 Priyadarshini Chandrashekhar '22 Samuel Kessler '22
Lorin Holloway '21, Managing Editor Kaden Fisher '24, Team Member Lisa Pham '23, Team Member
Katya Kovatsenko '22, Managing Editor Aamira Shah '23, Team Member
Alex Michalak '21, Managing Editor Gopika Gopan '23, Team Member
Caleb Russell '23, Managing Editor Betsy Sellers '23, Team Member Harris Gregory '23, Team Member
Abigail Stanger '24, Team Member Anna Simpson '24, Team Member Grace McClurg '24, Team Member Harshith Gontla '24, Team Member Jaleia Marshall '24, Team Member Jaley Adkins '24, Team Member Kelsey Littrell '24, Team Member Morgan Elmore '24, Team Member
Dr. Mark Running, Department of Biology Dr. Shira Rabin, Department of Biology
Dr. Charles Leonard, Office of the Provost