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Calling Techies: Register Now for the Research Symposium

SOCORRO, N.M. January 24, 2012 – The inaugural Student Research Symposium is approaching a critical deadline. Students interested in presenting their design or research projects must submit their proposals by Friday, Feb. 10.

Dr. Mary Dezember, associate vice president for academic affairs, said she is looking forward to seeing a host of interesting research and design projects from undergraduate and graduate students.

“This is a great opportunity for Techies to showcase their talents and their work,” Dezember said. “Students now have an opportunity to work on their presentation skills and become accustomed to the research environment.”

The Student Research Symposium is set for April 13, 2012, and all students – graduates and undergraduates – are invited to submit extended abstracts and to give poster presentations or oral presentations about their work. Any interested student can register with the approval of his or her research advisor. Registration forms are available online.

Members of the event planning team will staff a booth in the Fidel Center on the afternoon of January 31 and most of the day February 1. Students are encouraged to stop by and learn more about the symposium.

The event is also sponsoring a T-shirt design contest. Any student can enter a design that will be used on the T-shirts given to each presenter. The design winner will receive a hooded sweatshirt with the logo – the only hoodie made for the event. The deadline for design entries will be March 1. Email Elizabeth Barteau at pbarteau@nmt.edu for more details.

Dezember said the goals of the new event are to provide a student-centered event that will allow students to improve their communication skills and foster a greater sense of community, thus improving the connections among all Tech students.

“This symposium will help students learn how to present research, but it will also give Techies a venue to see what sort of amazing research and design projects are happening in academic areas they might not be familiar with,” Dezember said. “The task for the presenters will be to present their work in a format that will be understood by the broader university audience.”

Event organizers are also looking for volunteer reviewers from faculty, staff,  graduate students, and alumni. Volunteers will be asked to review projects that are not in their discipline, to evaluate how well students are accomplishing the criteria of communicating their research to a broad technical audience.

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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech