For many of the nation’s roughly 18 mil­lion col­lege stu­dents, their papers are graded by a professor—and promptly filed into binders, tossed in the trash or simply forgotten.

For Dustin Turin, a senior pur­suing a degree in inter­na­tional affairs, a 4,000-word aca­d­emic essay or research paper rep­re­sents an oppor­tu­nity for a stu­dent to share his work with the rest of the world.

Turin founded Stu­dent Pulse, an online aca­d­emic stu­dent journal, late last year. So far, he’s pub­lished more than 130 papers—on topics ranging from foot­ball and colo­nialism in the British Empire to an analysis of money in Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”—by more than 50 stu­dents from more than four-​​dozen col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties throughout the country.

Nobody else is doing this,” Turin says. “If I can recruit 1 per­cent of the top 10 per­cent of col­lege stu­dents, that’s 1,800 stu­dents who have written dozens of papers—think of all the knowl­edge they have.”

Turin doesn’t pre­tend to under­stand the under­lying dif­fer­ences between holistic, alter­na­tive and com­ple­men­tary med­i­cine, or how biology influ­ences the devel­op­ment of modern art. But after reading hun­dreds of stu­dent sub­mis­sions, he real­izes that a quality paper is an oft well-​​cited and well-​​referenced one.

He has edi­to­rial con­trol over which papers get pub­lished. Stu­dents who make the cut are paid based on the number of hits their papers receive.

In early Jan­uary, a research paper written by a Mass­a­chu­setts Insti­tute of Tech­nology stu­dent on Dubai’s Burj Khalifa—the world’s tallest building, standing at 2,714 feet—drew hun­dreds of vis­i­tors to the Web site.

A Google search for Burj Khalifa yielded arti­cles by jour­nal­ists from The Wash­ington Post and The New York Times. Sand­wiched between the pop­ular dailies’ Google entries: the MIT student’s analysis of Dubai’s gigantic skyscraper.

Pub­lishing on Stu­dent Pulse is an oppor­tu­nity to put work out there in an envi­ron­ment where it might show up next to some of the top news­pa­pers and jour­nals in the world,” Turin says. “There is a poten­tially unlim­ited audi­ence. People all over the world are reading these articles.”

Stu­dents who think they can get away with pla­gia­rizing a paper found on Stu­dent Pulse should think again, Turin says. Online pla­gia­rism detec­tion ser­vices such as Tur​nitin​.com would just as easily flag a stu­dent for copying text from Stu­dent Pulse as it would any other Web-​​based source. And if stu­dents want to ref­er­ence a paper found on Stu­dent Pulse, they would cite it like any other online source.

Stu­dent Pulse makes money by hosting adver­tise­ments, but Turin is more inter­ested in growing the read­er­ship than he is in turning a profit—at least for the time being.

Over the next sev­eral months, he hopes to recruit more expe­ri­enced edi­tors in an effort to attract more of the nation’s top col­lege stu­dent authors.

It’s easy for him to envi­sion Stu­dent Pulse taking off some­time in the near future: “In 10 years how many thou­sands of arti­cles could we have pub­lished?” he says. “If I could make a living doing this, that would be great.”

For more infor­ma­tion on Stu­dent Pulse, please visit http://​stu​dent​pulse​.com/

For more infor­ma­tion on Northeastern’s inter­na­tional affair’s pro­gram, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu/​i​n​t​e​r​n​a​t​i​o​n​a​l​a​f​f​a​irs