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December 10, 2018– Northern Kentucky University’s Institute for Student Research and Creative Activity (ISRCA) has launched the inaugural issue of Nýsa, an academic journal featuring student research.

Nýsa will highlight the scholarship and creativity across the commonwealth. The first issue spotlights 16 students’ research that was peer-reviewed by other students and faculty. NKU students also created the cover art and edited the journal.

“The verb Nýsa means ‘to search or investigate’ in Old Norse, which applies to our students today just as much as it did to Norse a thousand years ago,” said Dr. Shauna Reilly, director of ISRCA. “The journal provides our students a chance to experience the publication process, which is an often neglected step in student scholarship.”

Established in January, ISRCA engages, supports, enhances and acknowledges students and their faculty mentors in research, scholarship and creative activities throughout campus. ISRCA also works to increase the amount and scope of research activities available for NKU students.

For more information on ISRCA or to view Nýsa, visit its website.

About NKU:  Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information on our 50th, visit