Students sit in desks looking up to Professor Pat Lord who is gesturing.
Wake Forest students in Teaching Professor of Biology Pat Lord’s first year seminar work on posters about disease outbreaks for a display on campus, in Winston Hall on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

First Year Seminars offer faculty an opportunity to build lasting relationships with first year students, explore topics of mutual interest, and help students build skills of analysis and communication. For many students – especially those in the sciences – FYS courses may be the only chance to learn in a small classroom setting during their first year. A measured pace and narrow focus make FYS an ideal setting for first year learning.

The FYS Committee Chairs for 2023-2024 are Lisa Blee ( and Katy Lack (