First-Year Islander Conference

The First-Year Islander (FYI) Conference takes place at the end of each spring semester and is an opportunity for first-year students to participate in a formal academic conference. Students interested in presenting at the FYI Conference are required to submit proposals to be evaluated by a panel of faculty judges.   

Students who are selected to present at the conference will have the opportunity to present their work to TAMU-CC students, faculty, and staff. Beyond the honor of being accepted to present, students who are selected as FYI Conference presenters gain invaluable experience that they can bring with them into their future academic and professional careers. In addition, presenting at an academic conference as a first-year student is a unique addition to students’ resumes that sets them apart from their peers. 

First-Year Islander (FYI) Conference 2021

The Spring 2021 FYI Conference will take place synchronously via WebEx on Wednesday, April 28 and Thursday, April 29, 2021Students will present individually or in small groups based on the work in their UNIV 1102 course and/or learning community. Presentations will be grouped into panels that will start on the hour from 9am to 3pm each day. 

Student Attendees

  • Please remember that each panel session lasts for 45 minutes. In order to be polite, you should enter the WebEx room on time and stay for all of the presentations on the panel.
  • Keep your camera off and microphone muted during the presentation so as to not distract the presenters or other audience members.
  • Conferences are sites for intellectual exchange, so try to engage the presenters with questions at the end of their presentations! (Challenge yourself to ask at least one question you might have for the presenters during the session!)
  • Access to an online evaluation form will be provided during each session. Be sure to fill out the evaluation form and submit it. In most cases, you are expected to review one entire panel's worth of presentations. (If unsure about the expectations, ask your First-Year Seminar professor!)

FYI Conference Schedule

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