The Catholic University of America

Inventio: The Undergraduate Research Journal of The Catholic University of America

Inventio is the multidisciplinary undergraduate research journal of The Catholic University of America. It aims to identify and disseminate original undergraduate research that best represents the university’s commitment to the academic and Catholic traditions that inform its mission to “discover and impart the truth.” The journal accepts submissions of research in theology, philosophy, the humanities, and the social sciences written by current students or within two years of their graduation.

Submissions to Inventio undergo blind review by the Faculty Advisory Board and essays approved for publication undergo a second blind review process overseen by the Student Editorial Board, which ultimately makes the selections for and produces each issue.


For this inaugural year, we have established the following timeline in order to meet a publication date in late Spring 2016:
- October 1st: deadline for all submissions.
Inventio publishes articles and excerpted theses (7500 words, not including notes), as well as shorter essays and notes. Creative writing is not accepted. If you would like to submit a manuscript for consideration, please consult the Inventio submission forms (PDF):
Inventio is also seeking applications from current undergraduates for positions on the 2015-2016 Student Editorial Board (SEB). Members of the Inventio SEB have the opportunity to receive in-depth exposure to the peer-review process and the operation of a humanities research journal. 
SEB members will be assigned up to 8 manuscripts per year to review. Reviews from SEB members will be used in the standard Inventio review process, and SEB members will be expected to treat manuscripts with the same strict confidentiality employed by reviewers on the Faculty Advisory Board.
The selection process will be highly competitive. We will choose up to 12 SEB members from the group of applicants. SEB members will be expected to serve for a one-year term, which will be renewable for a second term by mutual agreement. Members should be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at CUA throughout the duration of their term on the SEB. Although we have no other specific eligibility requirements, we anticipate that the strongest SEB applicants will be critical thinkers with a mastery of written English, experience in research writing, and a background in the humanities. A goal of the program is to improve all of these skills through experience and mentorship. SEB members will be required to enroll in a 3-credit course “UGS/HSLS 328: Undergraduate Research Journal Production” as part of their initial training.
To apply, please download and fill out the application and supplemental materials:
Materials must be submitted by October 15, 2015 and should be sent to Dr. Taryn Okuma via email ( or in hard copy (Department of English, Marist 105).
Questions can be directed via email to Dr. Taryn Okuma (