written by Emily Glaser, news and public information student intern
Miami University’s Inquiry Center has created a new publication designed to be a forum for undergraduates of all majors to share their original work. Mi CUP of TEA stands for Miami’s Creative Undergraduate Publication of Thoughtful Engagement in Action.
Hays Cummins, Miami professor of geography and director of the Inquiry Center in Peabody Hall, came up with the idea for the journal and co-advises the publication with Audree Riddle of the Western Program.
“With the journal, we want to celebrate student voice and creativity,” Cummins said.
The publication, which was piloted last spring, is issued once a semester. The current issue includes six submissions, ranging from music and poetry to research on children with Tourette Syndrome.
Before each submission, a student editor writes a synopsis of the submission and provides some background about the author.
“Real students are writing these things,” Cummins said. “We like to provide a snapshot of who they are.”
The publication is completely run by students. A team of editors reviews each submission and decides whether to include it in the next issue. Once they decide to include a submission, there is an extensive editing process. Before publication, the author of the submission is shown the edits to see what they think.
“As a faculty member, the best part is seeing students grow and take charge of the whole endeavor,” Cummins said. “It’s very gratifying for me to see students excited about helping other students.”