DENVER and AURORA, Colo. – Faculty across CU Denver and CU Anschutz recently rallied around the Research and Creative Activities Symposium (RaCAS) to keep it alive this spring.
Originally conceived by downtown faculty and held on the Denver campus, RaCAS was expanded several years ago to include students enrolled in health sciences programs based on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Following last year’s event and careful consideration, a decision was made to discontinue it. But recently a number of faculty members who have been long-time RaCAS supporters and planning committee members lobbied to reinstate the program.
The purpose of RaCAS is to promote and showcase the scholarly activities of undergraduate and graduate students, celebrate the creative process, foster professional development through academic excellence, promote and showcase collaborative efforts among students and faculty, encourage interdisciplinary scholarly activities, establish and build connections with the community, and celebrate and foster diversity.
“The interesting and diverse activities of our students are remarkable,” said Richard J. Traystman, PhD, vice chancellor for Research. “A great institution must take pride in the activities of its students if it expects to remain great.”
Students from all disciplines within the university — graduate and undergraduates — are invited to participate. They must be working under the guidance of a faculty mentor on their own research or original project, or assisting faculty with their research. Dissertation topics, theses, capstone projects, senior theses, original art, performances, media presentations, independent study projects and some internship activities are good examples of the type of student research and creative projects presented previously at RaCAS.
The 2013 symposium
attracted projects conceived by 72 undergrads and another group under the leadership of 51 graduate students. A dozen local middle-school students also participated, but that component will not be included this year.
“Faculty in all programs across both campuses are urged to encourage students and fellow faculty to support, and to participate in, this exciting event,” said Traystman.