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Student Research Symposium Deadline Approaching

SOCORRO, N.M. February 10, 2015 – The application deadline is approaching for the Student Research Symposium at New Mexico Tech.

All Tech students – graduates and undergraduates – are invited to participate in the fourth annual symposium on April 16. Any interested student should apply with the approval of his or her advisor. Application forms can be turned in February 17, 18 and 19. Organizers will accept applications from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fidel Center atrium or from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Torres Hall multi-purpose room. The registration form is available online at http://www.nmt.edu/student-research-symposium-academic-affairs-office.

Presenters will receive a special honor cord signifying their participation in the SRS upon their graduation; students who presented at previous symposia will also receive a SRS honor cord when they graduate. The cords will be customized in a uniquely Tech way – with a “medal” made on Tech’s 3-D printer. 

The inaugural Student Research Symposium in 2012 was a resounding success, with 81 student participants, presenting 24 posters and 14 oral presentations. More than 500 people attended the event, including about 400 students. In 2013 and 2014, more than 100 students presented more than 50 research and design projects each year.

“Our fourth SRS will be at Macey Center with Dr. Frank Etscorn as the keynote speaker. We are looking forward to again seeing the impressive representation from all academic departments this year,” organizer Dr. Mary Dezember said. “And we are very happy that our presenters will be recognized when they graduate by receiving their SRS honor cord.”

The SRS mission is for students to explain their research or design to a general audience. Students must submit an extended abstract and give either an oral presentation or a poster presentation. This year’s event will again include a three-minute presentation competition.

Guidelines for presentations and extended abstracts are available at the Student Research Symposium’s website at www.nmt.edu/student-research-symposium.

The symposium aims to be a student-centered event that helps Techies to improve their communication skills, to communicate and thus educate people outside of their disciplines, and to foster a greater sense of community.  The Oral Presentation Center and the Writing Center will host workshops for presenters during the spring semester – as they did last year – to help students prepare for the event and improve their presentations and extended abstracts.

“This symposium helps students learn how to present research to an audience outside of their disciplines.  It also gives the Tech community a venue to see what sort of amazing research and design projects are happening in academic areas they might not be familiar with,” said co-organizer Lisa Majkowski.

Dezember is the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and a professor in the Communication, Liberal Arts, and Social Sciences, or CLASS Department. Majkowski is Director of the Office for Student Learning.  SRS student co-leaders are Matt Karasz and Andy Reyes.

Panels of external and internal reviewers will provide feedback on the extended abstracts, posters and presentations. Graduate students, faculty volunteers, staff, administrators and alumni are encouraged to volunteer as reviewers.

For more information, contact the SRS team at srs@nmt.edu or visit the symposium’s website at www.nmt.edu/student-research-symposium.

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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech