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New Mexico State University

University Research Council

The University Research Council (URC) is a "stand-alone" council established to foster research at New Mexico State University. Its role is to offer advice to the Vice President for Research and the Executive Vice President regarding research affairs at the University. The council defines needs of the faculty and other researchers; analyzes services, policies, and procedures that affect research; and makes recommendations which, in its view, will facilitate the research process and research productivity at the University. The URC is not a policy making body, but rather a council established to develop policy recommendations to be passed on, through the Vice President for Research to the Executive Vice President, the Academic Deans' Council, and the Faculty Senate.

The structure of the URC consists of an elected chairperson, and executive committee, and committees established to address specific issues. Appointments to the subcommittees are made by the executive committee. The University Office of the Vice President for Research serves as the office of record for the URC.

URC Fair

Every year the University Research Council fair is organized by the Office of VP for Research and in conjunction with the Alliance for Minority Participation (New Mexico AMP)'s annual fair. This gathering provides an opportunity for the research and creative activity community at NMSU to demonstrate the diversity of its scope, develop new linkages with colleagues across the university and show the community the innovations taking place on campus. The Fair is open to individuals, center or institutes, and special programs involved with research and creative activities across the campus. The Fair exhibitions are expected to be displayed by the faculty and professional staff involved with the projects but graduates and undergraduates students are encouraged to attend.

Minutes and Presentations

Download URC minutes and presentations here


Faculty Appointments
  • Berkardt, Matthias (A&S/Psychology)
  • Smits, Robert (A&S/Math)
  • Alexander, Rani (A&S/Anthropology)
  • Sankaran, Hari (COB/Finance)
  • Fortin, Richard (COB/Finance)
  • O'Connell, Mary (ACES/Plant and Environmental Science)
  • Creamer, Rebecca (ACES/Entomology Plant, and Wee Science)
  • Kinzer, Cathy (EDUC/Curriculum & Instruction)
  • Hadfield, O.D. (EDUC/Curriculum & Instruction)
  • Dawood, Muhammed (ENGR/Klipsch School of Electrical Computer Engineering)
  • Wei, Mingjun (ENGR/Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering)
  • McDonald, Jill (H&SS/Health Science)
  • Robinson, James (H&SS/Health Science)
  • Beck, Susan (Library)
  • Esparza, Joanne (Physical Science Laboratory)
  • Chaitanya, Vimal (Vice President for Research, Ex Officio)
Research Institute/Specialization Appointments
  • Arterburn, Jeffrey (Biosciences)
  • Fernald, Sam (Natural Resource Sustainability & Renewal)
  • Stochaj, Steven (21st Century Space & Aerospace)
Executive Committee
  • Stephen Hansen (Chair)
  • TBD (Chair-elect)
  • Shanna Ivey (Immediate Past Chair)
  • Hari Sankaran (Faculty Senate Representative)