It’s a summer program designed to help students prepare for the next level of higher education by enhancing their research gathering skills.

More than 100 students and their families celebrated the end of the summer research program with a luncheon at UTSA’s main campus over the weekend.

It's part of UTSA’s sixth annual TRiO Research Symposium, an outreach and services program designed by the U.S. Department of Education to help high school and college students engage in scholarly discussions, network with others, and further their public speaking skills.

“We encourage our students to seek out opportunities in the fields that they’re interested in, and to pick topics that they’re interested in,” said Darrell Balderrama. “We encourage to not only stop here, but to continue that process. And, today is really, just a celebration of that.”

Saturday, guests and parents got a chance to see student presentations on display and hear from keynote speaker - Congressman Joaquin Castro.