First-Year Islanders Present Research at On-Campus Symposium

Published: December 13, 2016

First-Year Islanders Present Research at On-Campus Symposium

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dressed in their Sunday best, more than 2,400 students in the First-Year Learning Communities Program (FYLCP) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi presented their research projects during the First-Year Symposium, held November 29-30 in the University Center, Anchor Ballrooms.

During the First-Year Symposium, students set up their projects – either in a poster or digital format – in 30-minute rotations, and answered questions about their projects and what they learned from their research experience.

“First-Year Symposium is a perfect first step toward undergraduate research activities, writing pursuits and career enhancement,” said Dr. Rita Sperry, Professional Associate Professor and Learning Community Coordinator.  “It is a great opportunity for first-year students to join the academic community as fellow researchers and bona fide participants in the scholarly conversations of university life.”

Participants utilized research gathered both from the community and from on-campus sources for their presentations. Topics ranged from campus safety, politics, Zika virus and air pollution in the Coastal Bend community.

“We attempted to provide as much knowledge concerning the safety of college students,” said Ivan Froese, a theatre major whose group project focused on campus safety. “We wanted to spread awareness by using social media to be able to reach as many people as possible.” 

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi FYLCP is an innovative nationally-recognized program which helps students 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. To learn more about FYLCP, go to