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NMSU undergraduate symposium to be held

The 13th annual New Mexico State University Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium (URCAS) will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by a luncheon Friday, April 18, in the Corbett Center Student Union.


This year about 90 undergraduate students from all fields present their work at the oldest student research and creative arts symposium at NMSU. The URCAS provides students with an experience 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."

To be eligible to participate, a student must be a sophomore, junior, or senior in any discipline who is completing substantial research or creative projects under the supervision of faculty advisors.

Salim Bawazir, an NMSU associate professor of civil engineering, 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. Also included will be a "Mock Supreme Court Trial: Amicus Curiae Brief: Prior Appropriation Law in New Mexico and Controversies in Water Conservation," given by government students from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Corbett Center Dona Ana Room.

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, the College of Engineering, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

For more information call (575) 646-2005. For presentation times and information on projects, visit http://honors.nmsu.edu/urcas/.