GPSC's fourth annual Student Showcase features 90 exhibits on Mall

By Todd Hardy
Arizona Daily Wildcat
November 15, 1996

Musicians, architects, farmers and lawyers will display their talents today and tomorrow in a research fair that promises to have something for everyone.

The fourth-annual Student Showcase, presented by the Graduate and Professional Student Council, will feature exhibits under three tents on the University of Arizona Mall.

"Showcase is more informal and intimate than your average science fair. It's a lot of fun," said Melanie Ayers, Showcase director.

Ayers said many of the exhibits will have interactive designs, including paintings, sculptures, live performances and videos.

"It's a great way for students to show off their work, and for the community to see what they are doing," she said.

GPSC President Alex Sugiyama said Showcase began in 1993 to celebrate student research at the UA.

"The general public doesn't always see the benefits of a research university," he said. "Showcase allows the entire community to get a closer look at what this research is about."

Exhibits are divided into eight categories: visual and performing arts/architecture and design; humanities, literature and languages; social sciences and education; mathematics and physical sciences; engineering and applied sciences; business administration, law, economics and policy; biological, biomedical and health sciences; agriculture and environmental sciences.

Exhibits are judged on the quality of presentation, academic merit and the overall value of the work to the public. Graduate and undergraduate projects are judged separately.

Awards of $500 will be presented for the Best of Show in both the graduate and undergraduate divisions. First- and second-place winners in each of the eight categories will also receive cash awards.

Former UA President John Schaffer and Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., will speak tomorrow afternoon at the awards ceremony.

Showcase runs today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.