The 5th annual Undergraduate Research Conference at Minnesota State University, Mankato provides an exciting opportunity for the University to showcase the research and creative activity of our undergraduate students. Abstracts of these oral, performance, or visual arts projects and posters accepted for presentation are contained in this formal publication. We applaud the work of these students and the committed faculty members who served as mentors and encourage faculty, students, staff and guests to attend the formal presentations that will take place in the Centennial Student Union on April 14 and 15, 2003. Our vision to be known as a university where people expect to go further than they thought possible is clearly demonstrated by these students and faculty. The entire University community celebrates the achievements of these outstanding undergraduate students and congratulates all participating students and their faculty mentors.