Congratulations to the 2023 First-Year Seminar Symposium Winners

FYS Symposium Presentation

College of Arts and Sciences students presented their First-Year Seminar (FYS) projects at the Annual FYS Symposium Friday, Dec. 8, in the Gengras Student Union. A&S alumni and faculty judged the students’ collaborative presentations in five categories, and the Student Choice Award was selected by FYS students in attendance at the symposium.

Here are this year’s award-winning student presentations and the name of the faculty member who taught the course:

Best Demonstration of Creative Thinking

Creating Media – Program Director and Associate Professor of Cinema Lauren Cook

Best Demonstration of Critical Thinking

Storytelling – Associate Professor of English Erin Striff

Most Interdisciplinary Presentation

Social Media: Boosting or Busting Society? – Associate Professor of Communication Adam Chiara

Most Professional Presentation

Dialoguing with the Religious Other - Professor of Italian and Renaissance Studies Maria Frank

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Award

Pop Culture, Identity, and You – School of Communication Director and Associate Professor of Communication Jack Banks

Student Choice Award

Beauty, Body Image, and Feminism – Department Co-Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology Mala Matacin

All first-year A&S students are required to take the FYS course to help develop and enhance writing, speaking, teamwork, and critical thinking skills. Students select an FYS course that interests them from a list of diverse topics.

Students whose work was recognized in the award-winning categories will be recognized at the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Awards in March 2024.  

Best Demonstration of Creative Thinking: Creating Media

Best Demonstration of Critical Thinking: Storytelling

Most Interdisciplinary Presentation: Social Media: Boosting or Busting Society?

Most Professional Presentation: Dialoguing with the Religious Other

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Award: Pop Culture, Identity, and You

Student Choice Award: Beauty, Body Image, and Feminism

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