"Breaking The Mold" Student Research Conference to be Held

by Shasta Marrero, M.S. candidate in hydrology at New Mexico Tech

SOCORRO, N.M., Sept. 19, 2007 – “Breaking the Mold: Groundbreaking Student Research,” a two-day conference for university students throughout New Mexico to present their research will be held on Thursday and Friday, September 20-21, at New Mexico Tech.

The research conference’s format will allow students to showcase their research in an environment of peers, while receiving input to help them improve for future presentations. Breaking the Mold is sponsored by the New Mexico Tech Graduate Student Association (GSA).

The conference’s poster session is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. in the Macey Conference Center’s upper lobby. There also will be a welcome reception held that same evening in conjunction with the New Mexico Tech Career Fair, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the same location.

The oral presentations will be held on Friday, from 9 until 10 a.m. and from 10:30 until 11:45 a.m. in Macey Center’s Copper Room and stage.

There will be many subjects presented at the student research conference, including geology, hydrology, computer science, biology, engineering and social science.

New Mexico Tech mathematics professor William Stone will be the featured speaker at Friday’s conference lunch at 1 p.m. in the Joseph A. Fidel Student Center’s dining hall.

Breaking the Mold will also offer several workshops on Friday afternoon, covering various subjects, such as “Using Powerpoint,” “Ethics,” and “The Unexpected in Research.” The workshops will all be held in Macey Center’s Galena Room, starting at 2 p.m. for the first workshop and running until 4:30 p.m.

The awards ceremony for the student research conference will be held at the New Mexico Tech Golf Course’s M Mountain Grill, from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday. Awards will be presented for the best oral and poster presentations in each of three categories, as well as for overall best presentations.

Keynote speaker for the Breaking the Mold awards banquet will be New Mexico Tech biology professor Scott T. Shors speaking on “Life as a Lab Rat: Grad School and Beyond.”