Science, by definition, is an evolving discipline; and this is now more true than ever. With each passing moment, science expands further and faster than ever before, tirelessly extending the scope and depth of human knowledge. Meanwhile, the research community itself has also changed. Gone are the days where major breakthroughs are achieved by a select few. While the work of these revolutionary individuals built the foundations upon which we stand today, the complex problems facing us require the collective effort of teams of scientists collaborating globally with one another. It is in this context that undergraduate research has been able to flourish with students engaging in impactful work to tackle our toughest challenges.
When the McGill Science Undergraduate Research Journal was launched fourteen years ago, we were one of the first organizations in North America to celebrate and publish peer-reviewed undergraduate research. Today, reflecting the prevalence of undergraduate work, undergraduate research journals have become a staple in many academic institutions.
This year, we have received more high quality papers than ever before from not only McGill University but all over the world. The words and figures in these pages represent the incredible hard work and passion of all of our authors. We are extremely proud to be able to present these seven articles to you this issue and we hope that we are able to continue to do so for many years to come.
On behalf of the editorial board, thank you.
Howard Li & Sebastian Andric
ON THE COVER
The Eastern North Pacific is a region of climatologically significant cyclone activity, often associated with extreme weather in North America. On page 12, Yeechian et al. investigate the influences of middle-tropospheric weather patterns on downstream storm activity. The cover image illustrates peak weather regime intensities over the eastern Northern Pacific.