Symposium Puts Student Research In The Spotlight

SOCORRO, N.M. February 26, 2016 – The presenter application deadline is approaching for the Student Research Symposium at New Mexico Tech.


Chris Frederick (right) at the 2015 Student Research Symposium.


All Tech students – graduates and undergraduates – are invited to participate in the fifth annual symposium Thursday, April 7, in the Macey Center. Interested students should apply with the approval of their advisor. Application forms can be turned in from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 29 to March 4, in Speare 106. The registration form is available online at www.nmt.edu/srs.

The inaugural Student Research Symposium in 2012 was a resounding success, with 81 student participants, presenting 24 posters and 14 oral presentations. Since then, more than 100 students have presented more than 50 research and design projects each year, with more than 500 people attending.

All of this year’s presenters who are graduating will receive a special honor cord signifying their participation in the SRS. The cords have special SRS medallions made on one of Tech’s 3-D printer. Cords will also be presented to graduating students who presented at previous symposia.

This year’s event will again include a three-minute presentation competition. Students are invited to explain their research and design quickly and succinctly to a general audience. Audience votes are used to select three winners to receive prizes.


Students presenting research posters at the 2015 event.

“Many academic departments were represented last year and we’re looking forward to wide participation again this year,” co-director Lisa Majkowski said. “I find it tremendously encouraging to see the breadth and quality of research that Tech students are engaged in.”

Students must submit an abstract and give either an oral presentation or a poster presentation. Guidelines and criteria for abstracts, oral presentations and posters 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 improve their communication skills and 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. A poster presentation workshop is Wednesday, March 2. An oral presentation workshop is Wednesday, March 9. A three-minute presentation workshop is Wednesday, March 23. All workshops are at 6:30 p.m. in Speare 113.


Majkowski said this symposium was designed to help students learn how to communicate their research in general terms. However, the event gives Techies a venue to see what sort of amazing research and design projects are happening in academic areas they might not be familiar with. The main objective for presenters is explain their work in a manner that will be understood by a broader audience.

Reviewers will provide feedback on the posters and oral presentations. Graduate students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni are encouraged to volunteer as reviewers.

For more information, contact Majkowski at lisamt@nmt.edu or 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