First Year Seminar


The Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium, a gathering that fosters and celebrates student research, was Saturday, April 21, at Augustana University. The FYS Plenary Session included three student speakers:
- Reed Ritterbusch on Organizational Priorities of the South Dakota State Medical Association 1882-1956 (instructor Dr. Carolyn Ly-Donovan)
- Madigan Moore on Genetic Origin of a Rare Mitochondrial Disorder (instructor Dr. Seasson Vitiello)
- Nolan Ortbahn on India: Engulfed in Excrement (instructor Dr. Danny Gerling)


Augustana’s First Year Seminar (FYS) is a two-semester program that serves to orient you to academics and campus life at AU. In addition to its collection of innovative courses, FYS also enables you to connect with professors, your fellow students, and campus resources, such as the Student Success Center.

Each course is designed to help you develop the critical thinking, communication and ethical reasoning skills you’ll need for your Augustana academic career, and to engage difficult questions throughout your life.

Learn more and see the full course descriptions for First Year Seminar.