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New Mexico AMP conference to be held at NMSU

New Mexico State University's New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (New Mexico AMP) will hold its annual Student Research Conference, "Expanding Horizons IV," at Corbett Center Student Union Oct. 5.

The conference brings together students and faculty from across the county and state as well as students and teachers from the New Mexico Math, Engineering, Science Achievement Inc. program (NM MESA), enabling them to network and to share information, ideas, experiences and advice.

The conference provides an opportunity for students to gain valuable presentation experience by showcasing their research, to serve as role models for other students and to participate in workshops and seminars that will help them plan their academic and professional careers.

Undergraduate students from other Louis Strokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) programs from across the county also have been invited to participate and present their research, and this year New Mexico AMP expects representation from New York, California, Oklahoma and Puerto Rico.

The conference will begin with breakfast and a keynote address from Mary O'Connell, regents professor of plant and environmental sciences, from 7:30-9 a.m. Oct. 5. Oral research presentations will follow from 9:30-11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. with guest speaker state Sen. Michael C. Sanchez, a leader in establishing the Lottery Scholarship in New Mexico.

Poster presentations will be from 1:45-2:45 p.m. A seminar focused on the recent Minneapolis bridge failure will be from 3-4 p.m. presented by Kenneth R. White, department head of civil and agricultural engineering, who was invited to perform a preliminary inspection of the bridge's failure.

The conference dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m., and includes entertainment by the NMSU Gospel Choir, followed by student research awards that will be given to outstanding presenters.

Several events are scheduled around the conference Oct. 4-6. A pre-conference workshop will be held Oct. 4 for community college students across the state as well as a post-conference workshop from 8:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 6.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit http://www.nmsu.edu/~nmamp or contact Brianne Bigej, the conference coordinator, at (505) 646-3211 or the New Mexico AMP office at (505) 646-1847.