2016 TRiO Summer Programming Concludes with Sixth Annual Research Symposium

Date Posted:July 25, 2016

2016 TRiO Summer Programming Concludes with Sixth Annual Research Symposium

(July 25, 2016) –This past Friday and Saturday, the sixth annual UTSA TRiO Research Symposium was hosted at the Main Campus. 161 students from the UTSA TRiO programs Educational Talent Search, Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program and Upward Bound presented their juried research, with first place winners receiving $500 scholarships to UTSA, generously coordinated by the UTSA Undergraduate Admissions and UTSA Graduate School. Over 300 guests attended the symposium this year.


In the high school division, top honors were given as follows:

1st Place: Armando Cruz, Eric Rivera and Jesus Ruelas, Upward Bound - “How does virtual reality compare to former methods of treating PTSD?”

2nd Place: Brianna Torres, Yulma Hernandez and Bethany Hernandez, Upward Bound – “Organizations that support child safety, increase awareness and decrease the incidence of child abuse”

3rd Place: Krissie Ruiz & Lizbeth Cano, Upward Bound – “The negative effect of the foster care system on the children in the system, and impacts on their path and success to college”


In the collegiate division, top honors were given as follows:

1st Place: Raege Omar, McNair Scholar – “Texas Somali refugees’ beliefs in health, illness, and health- seeking behavior”

2nd Place: Sonie Johnson, McNair Scholar – “The Six Dimension of Wellness of survivors of domestic violence”

3rd Place: Linda McNulty, McNair Scholar – “The spatial metaphorics of ambiguity in Greek culture”


On Friday, symposium attendees were welcomed by Tameika Holly, UB Texas Representative, U.S. Department of Education and Marlene Rosenbloom, ETS alumna. Saturday symposium attendees were welcomed by Congressman Joaquin Castro, District 20 and addressed by keynote speaker Dr. Ramos-Ramirez, McNair Scholars alumna.


TRiO comprises outreach and services programs that are designed by the United States Department of Education to identify and provide education resources for students from underserved populations in secondary schools and higher education institutions nationwide. The UTSA TRiO Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound programs currently serve middle and high school students from San Antonio and South Texas. The TRiO McNair Scholars program is specifically for UTSA undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing degrees at the graduate level.


For more information on UTSA TRiO program services and eligibility, please visit the UTSA Institute for P-20 Initiatives website at p20.utsa.edu.


--Laura Rushing

Administrative Associate II