On July 23, 2015, UTSA’s TRiO programs hosted the Fifth Annual TRiO Research Symposium at the UTSA Main Campus. Over 140 students from the Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search and McNair Scholars programs, participated in the annual research symposium, marking the end of the summer program. During the event, high school and college students showcased their research projects in traditional poster format. The high school students submitted group research projects and the undergraduate students submitted individual posters. For many students, this was the first time presenting their research in this type of setting. The symposium allowed for students to engage in scholarly discourse, network with others and enhance their public speaking skills. The symposium was designed to help prepare students for their next level of higher education by exposing students to the research process. Each of the posters was reviewed and scored by three judges and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place were awarded in the high and collegiate division.
Top honors were given to LSAMP Scholar, Jessica Lilley, in the collegiate division followed by 2nd place to McNair Scholar Julio Villarreal and 3rd place to McNair Scholar Sonie Johnson. In the high school group division, Educational Talent Search top honors were awarded to Erika Gonzales, Sianna Nava, Lourdes Gonzales, Marco Chavez and Victor Villasana, Daniela Perez, Abraham Sanchez, Andrea Flores, and Melissa Cura. Upward Bound’s first place poster was awarded to Armando Cruz, Karla Rodriguez, Jesus Ruelas and Johnny Rios.
This year’s symposium also featured the McNair Scholars who delivered oral presentations of their summer research. Several of the McNair students will also be presenting their summer research at several national conferences including the 23rd annual California McNair Scholars Symposium at the University of California – Berkeley. The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. For more information on program services and eligibility please contact the Office of P-20 Initiatives 210-458-2769.