2014 First Year Research Conference Showcases Students’ Findings

May 06, 2014

first year research conf

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Freshmen students in the First-Year Learning Communities Program (FYLCP) dressed in professional attire to discuss social and science topics to fellow peers and faculty members during the “First-Year Research Conference” held May 2 in the Dugan Wellness Center and Island Hall.

Projects were presented in conference-style format and videos, and students participated in panel sessions with question-and-answer segments after presentations. Participants also received certificates for their involvement in the FYLCP.

Sarybeth Wright, a First Year Islander, presented on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I decided to research the war because I have a personal connection to it,” Wright said. “My husband, father, brother, and cousin have all been stationed there so it really interests me.”

The University’s FYLCP is an innovative nationally-recognized program which helps students to make successful academic and social transitions from high school to the University.

The program has been awarded a Texas Higher Education Star Award by the Texas Higher Education Board, and the FYLCP was also one of the first-year student programs to win a Star Award.