First Year Studies News

Input Wanted: Choosing a Life of the Mind Book for 2018-19

While Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel has already been selected as the upcoming Life of the Mind book, your input is wanted to help choose the book for 2018–19 academic year. First-Year Studies, which oversees Life of the Mind, is seeking to choose books sooner to allow more time for faculty and units

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Astronaut Scott Kelly Shares His Story with Freshmen

The course of US astronaut Scott Kelly’s life was changed by reading a book. So it was especially fitting that Kelly, a UT alumnus who spent an unprecedented year in space about the International Space Station, spoke to freshmen during the annual celebration of Life of the Mind, a shared reading experience that is part of First-Year Studies 100.

Students Embrace Spirit of Halloween with Bugs

In the spirit of Halloween, freshmen are embracing the ghoulish holiday in a creepy, crawly way. The popular First-Year Studies course It’s a Bug’s Life, taught by entomology and plant pathology professor Jerome Grant, examines how insects have shaped our world and influenced our lives through movies, television, art, literature, and even food.

Proposals Sought for Spring 2016 FYS 129 Freshman Seminars

First-Year Studies is now accepting proposals for 129 Freshman Seminars to be offered during the spring 2016 semester. These seminars are designed to connect students with UT faculty through an engaging topic early in their academic career.