• April 22, 2014
  • 11:30-1pm
  • Outside of the Student Union
  • Prize Money - $3,000!!!

What is the FYI Contest?

This is a first of its kind idea contest at UTPA calling our First Year Students* to present an idea worth sharing & implementing. The best ideas in the following categories will be awarded a cash prize of $200, as well as an overall 1st ($1,000), 2nd ($650), and 3rd ($350) prize:

  • Campus Improvement Idea
  • Technology Idea
  • For-Profit Idea
  • Contribution to the Arts Idea
  • Benefit to Society Idea

BTW….Good ideas tend to:

  • Improve Quality of Life
  • Right a Wrong
  • Keep Something Good from Going Away


  • In teams of 2-5 first year students come up with a Great Idea!!
  • Register by clicking the FYI Logo at the top of this page
  • Teams will be provided a table to present their idea outside the Student Union. Check out E-Cluster at UTPA to get an idea of what the contest will look like.
  • Questions? E-mail Dr. John Sargent at

*Defined as students who are in their first year taking college classes AFTER High School