COM Students Recognized at Academic Symposium
COM student Rosecel Robles participated in the Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Consortium's Academic Symposium. This year's theme was "The Evolutionary Ingenuity of Love."

College of the Mainland hosted the seventh annual Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Consortium Academic Symposium on April 26 and four COM students walked away with top honors.

The symposium – The Evolutionary Ingenuity of Love - featured 22 student presenters. College of the Mainland faculty and staff were judges and moderators throughout the day-long symposium held on Friday, April 26.

Winners were as follows:

First place: Love and Politics: How Political Party Affiliation Changes and Takes Shape over Time by Zane Stewart, College of the Mainland; advisor Dalel Serda.

Second place: Expression of Love: Gender by Mia Brown, College of the Mainland; advisor Dalel Serda.

Third place: The Photographic Narrative of Relationships by Faith Wisner, College of the Mainland; advisor Kristy Peet.

Fourth place: Awareness of Living by Rosecel Robles, College of the Mainland; advisor Stacey Burleson.

Fifth place: Unplanned Surrender: Exploring the Sacred Encounter in Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” by Jennifer Fonck, Lee College; advisor Georgeann Ward.

Sixth place: Love: Abstract or Concrete? by Brenda Hagans Ratliff, Shadow Creek High School and Alvin Community College; advisor Stacey Burleson.

The symposium’s lunch speaker was Dr. Jennifer Bieszke, professor of biology at COM, who spoke on My Love-Hate Relationship with NOP-1, the Evolutionary Link in Rhodospin Photobiology Between Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Diane Neudorf, professor of biology at Sam Houston State University who spoke on The Secret Lives of Birds: Female Tactics for Extra-Pair Mating in the Hooded Warbler.

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