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Freshmen Showcase Projects on Social, Science Issues at First-Year Research Conference

May 02, 2013


CORPUS CHRISTI – 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 University Center.

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.

Two students Rachael Moghaddam, biology major, and Mitra Nair, biomedical sciences major, were a part of a group who presented on the abundance of the piping plover shorebird in Oso Bay and the ecological changes in habitat.

“This is an excellent experience for students who really want to practice and improve on giving formal presentations,” Moghaddam said.

The group discussed the population change of piping plover, comparing research findings from 1993 to the students’ present observations.

“We found that a lack of shorebirds can disrupt the food chain as well as the ecosystem,” Nair said.

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 the only first-year student program to win a Star Award.


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