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Research Symposium Features 68 Projects

SOCORRO, N.M. March 26, 2013 – The second annual Student Research Symposium at New Mexico Tech features a wide range of innovative projects, including 39 posters and 29 oral presentations.

The event is all day in the third floor ballrooms of the Fidel Center on Friday, April 5. The sessions will go all day, with NASA scientist Jeannie Allen presenting a special guest talk over the lunch hour.

All students are encouraged to attend and learn about the interesting research students are conducting all over campus.

Organizer Dr. Mary Dezember said the Symposium saw a tremendous increase in submissions this year from every department – both undergraduates and graduates.

Dr. Peter Gerity, Vice President of Academic Affairs, said “I am delighted to see the overwhelming response to this initiative. This event engages New Mexico Tech students in critical areas of science and engineering research.

The event starts at 9 a.m. with oral presentations in Ballroom C and poster presentations in Ballrooms A and B. After lunch, oral presentations will continue from 1:40 to 6 p.m., while the poster session will only be from 2 to 4:30 p.m. A complete list of all presentations will be posted online a few days before the event.

The Symposium originally was proposed as a part of Tech’s re-accreditation process and has already achieved much more than our earliest visions and expectations. Students present their research and design projects for a multi-disciplinary audience. The presentations are supposed to be accessible and understandable to the wider Tech audience, not just experts in the respective fields, Dezember said.

“This event is such a great fit for New Mexico Tech,” Dezember said. “Tech students are doing amazing work and this Symposium will shine a spotlight on some of the ambitious and innovative work that is going on in our labs and classrooms.”

Faculty, staff, alumni and graduate students will review each project, providing feedback on presentation skills and quality of work. The Symposium is non-competitive, so the feedback is to support and guide students.

All who attend the event will be asked to provide anonymous feedback via iClickers for oral presentations and QR Codes for poster presentations, regarding whether each presentation – both oral and poster – is understandable. Again, that feedback will only be available to the presenters.

“A goal of this event is to help students improve their communication skills, which is a crucial skill for success in the work place,” Dezember said. “Our twofold goal is to improve communication and foster community.”

Everyone on campus – and community members – are invited to attend.

Allen, the guest speaker, works with NASA to conduct research in atmospheric chemistry on the EOS-Aura mission and the Landsat 7 project that studies land cover change.

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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech