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NMSU undergraduate symposium to showcase student work

The 12th annual New Mexico State University Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium (URCAS) will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the Corbett Center Student Union. URCAS is the oldest student research and creative arts symposium at NMSU.

Each year about 75 to 100 undergraduate students from all fields present their work at the symposium. The URCAS provides a unique opportunity for students to learn how to present academic work in a formal setting, receive feedback from scholars in their field, enhance their resume and exchange ideas with other undergraduate scholars and artists through their participation.

"The symposium will showcase undergraduate work and demonstrate that students are actively engaged in research and creative arts," said William Eamon, dean of the Honors College at NMSU. "It celebrates mentorship and is a sort of reward for students in the form of public recognition."

Cynthia Bejerano, an NMSU associate professor of criminal justice, will speak at the URCAS luncheon from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Corbett Center West Ballroom.

The poster session is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on the second floor of Corbett Center. Nine paper sessions are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Several government students also will give a performance, "Mock Supreme Court: University of the Midwest v. Aragon," from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Corbett Center Dona Ana Room.

Symposium projects range from the theoretical analysis of the historical figure Malcom X and the historical analysis of a local monument in Silver City, N.M., to the study of chile pepper regeneration and transformation, and the design and implementation of a low-cost data transmission system for integrated circuits in electrical and computer engineering.

URCAS sponsors include the NMSU Honors College, the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program, the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP,) the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program and the College of Engineering.

For more information call (505) 646-2005. For presentation times and information on projects, visit http://honors.nmsu.edu/urcas/.