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NMSU symposium showcases undergraduates research from Santa Fe native

New Mexico State University hosted its 18th annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium April 5 and featured research presentations from 80 students.


NMSU student and Santa Fe, N.M., resident Emma Hamilton was one of those students who presented her work at the symposium.

"This is a professional symposium where undergraduate students get valuable professional experience," said William Eamon, dean of the Honors College. "The idea is celebrate and recognize the research that our undergraduate students are doing at NMSU."

The URCAS is the oldest student research and creative arts symposium at NMSU. It gives undergraduate students an opportunity to showcase their work and learn how to present academic research in a formal setting.

Hamilton's research focused on the prevalence of rape and sexual assault in the United States and how high rates of sexual assault and low rates of prosecution may show that the state is failing to protect its citizens.

"I chose to research this topic after learning more about rape law in a government class," she said. "Presenting at URCAS was a wonderful learning experience for me."

Hamilton has been at NMSU since 2009 and is majoring in government. She is the president of the NMSU Pi Sigma Alpha Government Honor Society, secretary of the NMSU Model United Nations Team and is member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority NMSU chapter.