The Citadel Gold Star Journal

Gold Star Journal


The Gold Star Journal is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year!  It continues to feature six to eight cross-disciplinary nonfiction papers and ten photographs by Citadel students, members of the Corps of Cadets and the Citadel Graduate College.  The publication reflects the high level of scholarship in which our students are engaged in the classroom, the library, and the laboratory.  Issues are always available for Corps Day each academic year.  All previous issues of The Gold Star Journal are available on-line at:

Please consider making a charitable donation to support The Gold Star Journal.  All donations along with funds from the Office of the Provost cover printing costs and small monetary awards to students for the Best Overall Submission, the Best Undergraduate Submission, the Best Graduate Submission, and the Best Photograph.

All those who contribute $30 or more will receive a complimentary copy of the forthcoming Gold Star Journal upon its publication in the spring, coinciding with Corps Day.

Thank you for your support! 

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Reflections from The 2017-2018 Editors of The Gold Star Journal

John S. Clark, Editor-in-Chief, Class of 2018,



“Working as an editor on the Gold Star Journal the past three years has been an incredibly rewarding experience. I love reading all of the fascinating papers that come to us every fall. You never know what interesting paper topics might be sumbitted by cadets in all academic departments across campus. It gives me great joy to place the spotlight on cadets who have shown excellence and distinction in their respective field of study.

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Hunter E. Crawley, Class of 2019, Biochemistry



“As a prospective medical school student, research and papers are two things that I thoroughly enjoy. As such, being an editor for The Gold Star Journal has been a thoroughly rewarding experience. In editing the journal, I have been able to witness excellence in disciplines across campus that I would not normally be exposed to in my own field.”

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James Quimby- Class of 2020, Physics



“The Gold Star Journal provides cadets with a forum where they can receive recognition for their research and bring positive attention to The citadel community. I am new to the journal this year and cannot wait to read more research from some of our best cadets. The Gold Star Journal allows me and other cadets to learn about topics not included in my regular curriculum, and to broaden my own academic interests beyond just science and mathematics.”

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Wesley Snyder- Class of 2019, Political Science, French Language, and Intelligence and Security Studies


“It is a privilege to be able to participate in the continuation and production of The Gold Star Journal as an editor. Having gone to see a number of the writers speak at last year’s leadership symposium, I jumped at the opportunity to serve as a member of a professional and scholarly organization. I am very excited to see all of the submissions on a diverse number of topics that I would otherwise not be exposed to with degrees so focused in the Social Sciences.”


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Elijah Melendez- Class of 2020, English


“Academics are an integral part of the four-year long leadership development process of The Citadel. The Gold Star Journal is a major facet of that pillar by recognizing the accomplishments of the Corps not only as Cadets, but also as scholars. As an editor of the Gold Star Journal, I take great joy in being a part of the process which promotes intellectual discussion and cross-disciplinary academic achievement.”

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Sierra Morris, Class of 2020, Business Administration


“The Gold Star Journal is not only an outlet for cadets to publish their research and scholarly work, but also an opportunity for cadets to experience disciplines outside of their field of study.   As a new editor of the GSJ, I am honored to be a part of such an esteemed publication.   I look forward to reading this year’s submissions, in hopes of introducing myself to academics outside of my respective discipline.”


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