University Research Council

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 and Provost 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 and Provost, 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 Office of the Vice President for Research serves as the office of record for the URC.


URC Fair

URC Fair 2012Every year the University Research Council Research and Creative Activities Fair is organized by the Office of the VP for Research in conjunction with the Alliance for Minority Participation’s annual conference.  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, centers 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 graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to attend.

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URC Membership

Executive Committee

  • Kathryn Hanley (Chair)
  • TBD (Chair-elect)
  • TBD (Faculty Senate Representative)

Faculty Appointments

  • Julie Rice (A&S/Sociology)
  • John Harding (A&S/Mathematical Sciences)
  • Stephen Pate (A&S/Physics)
  • Steven Elias (COB/Management)
  • Michael Hyman (COB/Marketting)
  • Manoj Shukla (ACES/Plant and Environmental Sciences)
  • Martha Desmond (ACES/Animal and Range Science)
  • Eve Adam (EDUC/Curriculum & Instruction)
  • Debra Knapp (EDUC/Kinesiology & Dance)
  • Laura Boucheron (ENGR/Chemical & Materials Engineering)
  • Mingjun Wei (ENGR/Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering)
  • Frances Nadjat-Halem (H&SS/Public Health Sciences)
  • Rebecca Palacios (H&SS/Social Work)
  • Susan Beck (Library)
  • Vimal Chaitanya (Vice President for Research, Ex Officio)

Research Institute/Specialization Appointments

  • Arterburn, Jeffrey (Biosciences)
  • Fernald, Sam (Natural Resource Sustainability & Renewal)
  • Cathey, Henry (Physical Science Laboratory)
  • TBD (21st Century Space & Aerospace)