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After two years of being hosted mostly online, New Mexico State University’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium, now in its 27th year, returns in person next month.
The symposium, hosted by NMSU’s new Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, will take place April 29 at Domenici Hall and the Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center. Commonly known on campus as URCAS, the symposium celebrates and showcases undergraduate scholarly activity in all fields.
Students pursuing research and creative activity under the mentorship of an NMSU faculty member are encouraged to present a poster, exhibit or 15-minute talk. Virtual presentations and exhibits are also welcome and will be posted on the symposium website. Abstract proposals should be submitted at https://tinyurl.com/u4d9ha7j. Review of abstracts will begin March 31.
A large poster session will take place in Domenici Hall, along with performances of original music compositions and other plenary events. Panel sessions will take place in Domenici Hall and Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center throughout the day. Students participating virtually will post their presentations on the symposium website, which will also host an online art exhibit from this year’s Juried Student Art Show courtesy of the NMSU Art Museum.
“NMSU has a long-standing tradition of undergraduates working with mentors on research and creative activities, from lab experiences in STEM to capstone projects, student exhibits and performances in the arts,” said Tracey Miller-Tomlinson, director of the NMSU Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, which is housed in the Honors College. “Few research institutions offer undergraduates as many opportunities to work closely with mentors in their fields to identify and solve problems, learn cutting-edge skills and design original projects. These experiences can be life-changing.”
Last year, 69 students participated in the fully online URCAS by presenting posters or talks. Miller-Tomlinson said all colleges were represented, with a particularly strong showing from students in biology and other STEM fields. She said she hopes there will be additional participation this year from students in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
“Since 1995, the spring Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium has celebrated the work of undergraduate scholars and brought it to a larger audience,” Miller-Tomlinson said. “We are excited that the event will return in person this year and invite the entire university community to join us in honoring these scholars and their dedicated mentors.”
For more information, visit https://nmsu.news/urcas or contact Miller-Tomlinson at email@example.com.