Registration Open For Student Research Symposium

SOCORRO, N.M. January 23, 2014 – The registration deadline is approaching for the Student Research Symposium at New Mexico Tech.

All Tech students– graduates and undergraduates – are invited to participate in the third annual symposium on April 9, 2014. Any interested student must register a research or design project with the approval of his or her advisor by noon Monday, February 17. The registration form is available online at http://bit.ly/10S4Wdn.

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, more than 100 students presented 56 research projects. All student presenters will receive a T-shirt with the symposium logo.

A new feature of the event this year is a three-minute presentation competition. Students are invited to explain their research and design quickly and succinctly to a general audience. A panel of judges will select three winners to receive prizes.

“We are looking forward to seeing representation from all academic departments again this year,” organizer Dr. Mary Dezember said. “We were impressed with the turnout for our first two symposia and the range of research and design projects by students at Tech.”

Students must submit an extended abstract and give either an oral presentation or a poster presentation. Guidelines and criteria for extended abstracts, oral presentations and posters are available at the Student Research Symposium’s website at www.nmt.edu/student-research-symposium. The registration deadline is noon Monday, Feb. 17, but those interested are encouraged to register early. Poster presenters must submit their posters as a high-resolution PDF on CD/DVD disc or USB drive by noon March 26 to be printed in time for the symposium. Three hard copies of the extended abstract are due on the day of the symposium. All oral presentations must be submitted on a flash drive by noon April 8.

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.

“This symposium helps students learn how to present research, but it also 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,” Dezember said. “The task for the presenters is to present their work in a format that will be understood by a broader university audience to people outside of their disciplines.”

Dezember is the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and a professor in the Communication, Liberal Arts, and Social Sciences, or CLASS Department. 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 Dr. Mary Dezember at dezember@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