NMSU symposium celebrates undergraduate students’ research

April 9, 2009 by Margaret Kovar NMSU News Center

The 14th annual New Mexico State University Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium (URCAS) will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 17 in the Corbett Center Student Union.

About 90 students will present their work at this year’s symposium, which is the oldest student research and creative arts symposium at NMSU. The URCAS gives students an opportunity to showcase their work and learn how to present academic research in a formal setting.

“The symposium is a way to celebrate undergraduate students’ research and creativity and the mentoring relationship between the students and the faculty. It also gives them valuable professional experience,” said William Eamon, dean of the Honors College.

The poster session is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on the second floor of Corbett Center, and the paper sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Luna, Socorro and New Mexico rooms.

Students participating in the URCAS come from majors across campus, including animal and range sciences, civil engineering and art, and their projects cover a diverse range of topics, from arsenic removal for potable water, to the war on terror, to pesticide contamination.

A luncheon is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the west ballroom. Constance Falk, a professor in the department of agricultural economics and agricultural business, will speak at the luncheon. Her address is titled, “Sustainability and Resilience: What does it mean for agriculture?”

The symposium is sponsored by the Honors College, the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE), the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP), the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC), the College of Engineering, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

For presentation times and project information, visit http://honors.nmsu.edu/urcas/.

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