Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium


Two of the hallmarks of a great university include excellence in undergraduate education and a vibrant community of scholars propelling advancements across all fields of study.  For over a quarter of a century now, NMSU has featured what happens when we bring these two together at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium!   


Congratulations to all the undergraduate students contributing new knowledge and creative work in this annual symposium.  Thank you to all the advisors and supervisors that helped make these contributions possible! 


Phame Camarena, PhD 

Dean, William Conroy Honors College




URCAS Presentations 2021




The Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium, now in its twenty-fifth year, is the longest-running student symposium at New Mexico State University.  Since 1996, more than 2,000 students have presented their work at the symposium. Many of these students have gone on to graduate school, law school, and medical school, and a few have returned to NMSU as professors.
URCAS is intended to recognize outstanding undergraduate research and creative projects and the faculty who have mentored them.  It is also meant to show off the work of creative undergraduate students to the university and the community.  And, of course, presenting at the symposium gives our students valuable professional experience.
The symposium is an annual celebration of undergraduate creativity in all fields.  Represented here are some of the most advanced and creative projects presently being undertaken at NMSU.  Many of the students who will be presenting are completing Honors Thesis projects, while others have worked with mentors in laboratories and other research and arts settings through the MBRS-RISE, MARC, AMP, CAMP, DSP, BRAiN, the Howard Hughes Institute for Medical Research, and other mentoring programs.