About Grey Matters CU —
Grey Matters Columbia University is a literary undergraduate neuroscience journal dedicated to evolving the way we approach, discuss, and research neuroscience and its connections to other areas of study. Neuroscience has an intimidating stigma attached to the field, and our mission is to break down that intellectual barrier to permit the knowledge of neuroscience to be accessible and available to all. We wish for a conversation about neuroscience to happen as casually as a conversation about the newest blockbuster movie.
The Grey Matters Journal was originally founded at the University of Washington with the goal of universality and accessibility in mind. Nationwide, each chapter is led by undergraduate students who are passionate about fostering public interest, curiosity, and participation in neuroscience.
Our goal is to convey the interdisciplinary nature of science, particularly neuroscience, to individuals both inside and outside of the STEM field. We have covered topics across a range of disciplines from linguistics to the visual arts, and will continue to explore the intersection of neuroscience with other academic disciplines. We both welcome and encourage all students, faculty, and community members, no matter their areas of study and work, to engage with the magazine. We aim to forge a membership and readership community that reflect the intellectual diversity of Columbia University and New York City at large.
Our divisions —
Our polished, final publication that can be shared with our community is only the result of hours upon hours of brainstorming topic ideas, researching scientific literature, sketching potential illustrations, editing for accessibility and clarity, and—most importantly—collaboration between our team members. We have five divisions that make up our publication team. Check out the "Get Involved" tab if you're interested in joining the GMCU, and feel free to reach out to any of our division heads with specific questions!
"To write for Grey Matters is to be a light illuminating neuroscience for the public eye. Authors compose articles about cutting edge neuroscience research from diverse lenses, including but not limited to a psychological, biochemical, computational, and physiological perspective. While all articles in our journal are rooted in neuroscience, it is a vastly interdisciplinary field. We encourage authors to write about any topics that may inspire them, and especially welcome articles that highlight the overlap between neuroscience and other disciplines."
Editor in Chief
"At the heart of Revision is you, the reader. Behind the scenes, we make sure that each of our articles in progress are being written in ways that are readable for all. Our editors are the only members of the article pod that rotate weekly, and our tasks include editing for clarity and continuity across the issue. We know that neuroscience can often be a challenging and confusing subject, and our editors are especially trained to look out for things like unnecessary jargon that add to the confusion. Working in the Revision Division means more than just making articles easier to understand, it means opening the wonders of the brain up to completely new audiences."
Senior Editor of Lay Review
"At the Division of Scientific Review, we separate fact from fiction by vetting the accuracy and integrity of all scientific processes and mechanisms presented in articles before they are published. We are detail-oriented and task-focussed. Our team of knowledgeable Scientific Editors are trained to work collaboratively with writers as research aids and content editors throughout their writing process. They are encouraged to bring innovations through constructive criticism while combining the standard of science with literature. Graduate Student Reviewers from specialized branches in neuroscience perform the final fact-check after Scientific Review Editors complete their evaluations. The position of Scientific Review Editor is more suited for applicants with a rigorous science background. As the leader of the Scientific Review Division, I am committed to overseeing the transmission of authentic neuroscience to the public.”
Senior Editor of Scientific Review
"Rather than creating a barrier between the public and the field of neuroscience by regurgitating impenetrable textbook graphs, the art sector of Grey Matters seeks to enhance the reader’s ability to connect with neuroscience by illuminating the content through a creative lens. Artists at Grey Matters endeavor to produce eye-catching work that intertwines with the writing in a way that makes the reading experience more enjoyable and the content more approachable."
"Generative editing is, above all, a creative process. The purpose of the Generative editor is two-fold. Firstly, our editors serve to help establish and maintain the structure and organization of the piece, which includes creating reverse outlines and critiquing the flow of the article. Secondly, the Generative editor is charged with generating ideas to further the article. This may include offering new directions for the writer to explore, pushing for the expansion of a specific concept, etc. This position is best suited for the student excited to explore neuroscience and who is full of questions.
Senior Editor of Generative Editing