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Welcome to the 13th Annual Student Showcase!

Student Showcase Program and Proceedings

View the program and proceeding for Colorado Mesa University's thirteenth annual Student Showcase.

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Campus Map

A map of Student Showcase venues on the main campus including guest parking areas.

What is the Student Showcase?

The Student Showcase is a yearly event that celebrates the creativity, research, innovation, entrepreneurship, and artistic performance of CMU/WCCC students from all of our campuses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

When does the Showcase occur?

This year, the 2022 Student Showcase will occur on Friday, April 29th on the main campus of CMU in Grand Junction, Colorado. The event is open to the public. Please note that face masks and safe social distancing are recommended for all attendees and participants.

If You are a Student Participating in the 2022 Student Showcase:

Please review your emails from [email protected] and see the Instructions for Presenters under Resources for Student Participants for important information about the day of Showcase!

Is parking available for guests (including family members/friends/community members) who want to attend the Student Showcase?

Yes, guests can park in the following areas:

  • University Center (UC) Parking Garage (CP11, P1)
  • The Parking Area west of the Art Building (CP9)
  • Maverick Center (MC) Parking Garage
  • Health Science (HS) Parking Lots (M16 and M26)
  • Any of the Pay to Park lots (P2, P3, P4, P5, P6)

Guests parking in these areas will NOT be ticketed on the day of this year's Showcase, April 29th, 2022. Use the View Map button above to access a map of Showcase venues and guest parking areas.

Who is eligible to participate in the Showcase?

CMU and WCCC students who are currently working on original projects, or have completed projects since the end of the spring semester of 2021 are eligible to present at the 2022 Student Showcase. So, students who completed a project during the summer and fall of 2021 are eligible as well. Projects done independently or in collaboration with peers and/or faculty mentors will also be considered. Projects that are prepared as part of a class project are also eligible.

How do students apply to be in the Showcase?

The Showcase application is available as an app in every student's MAVzone portal starting in January of each year. The app allows students to access the electronic submission process.

Because every project must have a faculty sponsor, a faculty member (preferably the faculty mentor for the project) is named as a sponsor on each application. The sponsor is responsible for advising his/her students on how to design and present the projects that they are sponsoring. They also proof the abstracts before they are submitted as part of the application process. Students may have more than one faculty sponsor if appropriate.

This year's applications are due on March 9th, 2022. Next year, the applications will be due in March as well. For more detailed information on how to apply and prepare for next year's application process, please check out the How to Apply section of this website.

Does your research involve human subjects?

Will you, a member of your research team, or a collaborator observe, interact with, or intervene with living individuals to gather information that will be used for research?  See the IRB Decision Tree to determine if your project requires Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval.  For more information about working with human subjects and the Institutional Review Board, please visit the IRB website.

The Student Showcase is a chance for students to share their talents and accomplishments with their families, friends and community.



2022 Planning Committee

Academic Affairs:

Dr. Chad Middleton, AVP for Faculty Success (Chair)

Ms. Erin Rooks, Coordinator of Special Projects

Mr. Aaron Osborne, Coordinator of Special Projects

Ms. Brooke Arrieta, Professional Staff Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs

Ms. Caitlin Cuevas, Professional Staff Assistant of Academic Affairs


Ms. Lisa Smith, Graphic Artist and Creative Projects Manager

Academic Departments:

Mr. Evan Curtis, Art and Design

Dr. Paul Hampton, Biological Sciences

Dr. Shiang-Lih Chen-McCain, Business

Mr. Michael Philipp, Business

Dr. Michelle Mellenthin, Computer Science and Engineering

Dr. Warren MacEvoy, Computer Science and Engineering

Dr. Erin Donovan, Health Sciences

Mr. Brent Alumbaugh, Kinesiology

Dr. Tiffany Kinney, Languages, Literature, and Mass Communication

Dr. Cathy Bonan-Hamada, Mathematics and Statistics

Dr. Christopher McKim, Music

Dr. Catherine Whiting, Physical and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Stephen Merino, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Ann Gillies, Center for Teacher Education

Dr. Scott Andrews, Theatre Arts

Mr. Casey Dry, Western Colorado Community College