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April 15 is Research Day at New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University President Michael Martin has declared Friday, April 15, Research Day in recognition of the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium (URCAS) and 2005 Graduate Research and Arts Symposium (GRAS), both to be held the same day.


an 70 undergraduate research projects will be presented from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at this year's URCAS, which is the oldest continuously running student symposium at NMSU. GRAS has 95 entries this year and will be held from 1:15 to 7 p.m. Both events will be in Corbett Center and are open to the public.

"These symposia are an important opportunity for students to display their accomplishments and for the university community to support their activities," Martin said. "It's exciting to see the increase in participation and I look forward to its continued growth."

URCAS will include presentations on the design of an autonomous airplane, campaign finance reform, sexual assault victims services, salmonella in Southwestern dairies, the impact of the colonial legacy on New Mexico politics, algorithms for direction-finding, two sculpture projects, three fiction readings and many others.

GRAS topics include expectations of bilingual speakers entering professions in American society, the influence of diversity on the creativity of group task performance, the soothing yet fearful qualities of water and juvenile justice and its prevention in China, among others.

The URCAS will conclude with a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. David Taylor, associate professor in the Art Department, will give the keynote address at the lunch.

Graduate College Dean Linda Lacey will speak at the GRAS at 1:15 p.m. in the Corbett Center Auditorium. Deans and faculty from various colleges will judge the graduate research presentations, posters, exhibits and arts performances. The best presenters in each category will receive awards at a banquet in the Corbett Center East Ballroom at 6:15 p.m.

URCAS is sponsored by the Honors College, the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation, Minority Access to Research Careers and the New Mexico Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate.

GRAS is sponsored by Worth Publishers, the NMSU Geological Sciences Department, the NMSU College of Business and Dissertation.com, among others.