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The Gold Star Journal

The Student Scholarly Journal of
The Corps of Cadets and
The Citadel Graduate College

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Photograph of the 2021-2022 GSJ Staff

The Gold Star Journal Staff

Back row (Left to right): Jesse Quimby, '23 (Logistics Editor), Hampton Dennis, '23 (Editor), John Morris, '23 (Marketing Editor), and Dr. Suzanne T. Mabrouk (Advisor).

Front row (Left to right): Dylan Young, '24 (Scribe Editor), Ken Galsgaard, '23 (Assistant Editor-in-Chief), Elissa Reckdenwald, '23 (Editor-in-Chief), and Trey Stevens, '22 (Communications Editor).


What is The Gold Star Journal?

The Gold Star Journal (GSJ), which was founded in July 1996 by Dr. Suzanne Mabrouk (Chemistry Department), promotes academic excellence at The Citadel through the publication of cross-disciplinary, nonfiction papers and creativity and ingenuity through the publication of photographs and photo stories. Selected nonfiction papers demonstrate effective writing, research skills, and critical thinking.  Featured photographs commemorate the life of Citadel students.  Photo stories depict experiences mostly through photographs and minimal prose.

Over the years, the following departments have been represented in the journal: Biology; Business Administration; Chemistry; Computer Science; Criminal Justice; Education; English; Health, Exercise, and Sport Science; History; Honors Program; Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering, Modern Languages; Political Science; and Psychology. One edition included a prize-winning essay written for a Truman Scholarship.

Photograph entitled The Flag Bearer

"The Flag Bearer"
by Eric Wilson Jr.
Class of 2023
Mechanical Engineering Major and Fine Arts Minor.

Since 2016, The GSJ has also provided the featured authors and photographers an additional venue for sharing their work with the greater Citadel community, the annual Gold Star Journal Academic Conference (GSJAC).  Through this experience, authors and editors hone their public speaking skills.  Authors also develop their ability to make their material appropriate for a general audience.


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