NMSU symposium showcases undergraduate students’ research

April 7, 2010 by Donyelle Kesler NMSU NewsCenter

The 15th annual New Mexico State University Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 16 in the Corbett Center Student Union.

About 70 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.

“URCAS is an annual celebration of undergraduate research and creativity in all fields. The symposium showcases the outstanding research being done by undergraduates at NMSU and also recognizes the many faculty mentors who have guided these student researchers in their projects,” said William Eamon, dean of the Honors College.

Students participating in the URCAS come from majors across campus, including anthropology, theater and genetics, and their projects cover a diverse range of topics, from animal communication, to gene expression, to the molecular structure of bone.

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 Colfax, Socorro, Rio Grande and New Mexico rooms.

A luncheon is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the west ballroom. Ken Hammond, a professor in the Department of History, will speak at the luncheon. His address is titled, “China’s ‘Rise’ and the Restoration of Global Equilibrium.”

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, Graduate Studies and International Programs.

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

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