1E: Enhance the visibility of experiential learning on campus and evaluate its effectiveness

Courses with a substantial experiential learning component should be clearly marked in the Pathways curriculum, and student learning outcomes associated with experiential learning should be identified on syllabi. By amending the current course evaluation process to include specific questions and feedback regarding engaged and experiential learning, we will be able to continually monitor our success.

a student presents to two other students at the summer research symposium

A Summer Well Spent

Trinity undergraduates show off summer research results at the 2018 undergraduate research symposium

On July 24 and 25, nearly 250 students presented at Trinity's summer reserach and internship symposium, a tradition that began in 1984 with only 10 participants. Projects ranged from diabetes engineering research to combatting fake news. The program kicked off with a keynote address from Ann Stevens of BioMed SA, followed by a forum theater performance, "End Stigma, End HIV/AIDS." Presentations included oral and poster presentations and innovative showcases of projects students completed during the summer of 2018. Trinity students, faculty and staff, alumni, and members of the San Antonio community attended the symposium.

The students participating in the symposium had all completed either undergraduate research through the Mellon initiative and other programs, internships with the Arts, Letters, and Enterprise and Students + Startups programs, or projects in the Entrepreneurship Accelerator, many of which have been featured on Trinity’s Experiential Learning blog.