The 7th 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. These projects, submitted by 174 students representing five colleges, are the result of collaboration between talented and motivated undergraduate students and their dedicated faculty mentors. This year's conference will again provide a wide array of on-going outstanding scholarly and creative activity on our campus. 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 encourage faculty, students, staff and guests to attend the formal presentations that will take place in the Centennial Student Union on April 25 and 26, 2005. The entire University community celebrates the achievements of these outstanding undergraduate students and congratulates all participating students and their faculty mentors.