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Innovation talent on display at the Student Showcase

Apr2The Student Showcase returns to Colorado Mesa University’s main campus on May 2. The event, in its fifth year, enables undergraduate students to share their work with peers, faculty and the community. Ideally, participation will establish new collaborations and boost resumes or graduate school applications for the students involved.

Each project is sponsored by a faculty advisor who reviews an abstract written by the student presenter or presenters, which is published in a professional-quality booklet. Throughout the day, judges will evaluate presentations based on a rubric with specific criteria for each category. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the end of the day.

One of the goals of the showcase is to involve as many different disciplines as possible from both CMU and Western Colorado Community College. This year, the showcase features more than 230 artistic exhibits, paper presentations, posters, readings, demonstrations and performances.

The range of topics is diverse, covering everything from translation theory in Spanish to the effects of Amendment 64 on attitudes toward and use of marijuana. Some projects use the CMU campus as a testing ground— in “The Pigeon Project”, biology students investigated the effectiveness of a raptor call in the campus parking garage via behavioral observations of the pigeons’ responses.

Other projects study large-scale issues like space exploration (“High Altitude Balloon Observation and Measurement”) or societal concepts of gender (“Cultivation of Masculinity”). Every presentation promises to be interesting, or in some cases, appetizing—timid and adventurous eaters alike can sink their teeth into “Sushi 101”, a presentation by WCCC culinary students aimed at educating people about the misconceptions surrounding sushi. The presenters will prepare and serve several sushi rolls and miso soup during the talk.

The Student Showcase begins at 2:30pm, with presentations taking place across campus. The event is open to members of the CMU and Grand Junction community and culminates in a program at 5:30pm announcing the winners. •

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