Research on FYRE

First Year Research Experience

Take your passion beyond the classroom

Offered by the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business (CASB), the First Year Research Experience (FYRE) is an opportunity for freshmen or transfer students to advance their learning of their favorite subjects by working one-on-one with a faculty mentor on a specific research project.
FYRE  students can ask questions, check data and create knowledge. The program helps students improve critical thinking, communication, presentation and leadership skills while fully engaging in their education.

First Year Research Experience showcase their research on posters in the Havener Center atrium.

Students are taking a look their research on posters at the First Year Research Experience(FYRE) showcase in the Havener Center.

Students and audiences are talking in the First Year Research Experience showcase about their research on posters in the Havener Center.

A students is explaining her The First Year Research Experience(FYRE) research in the Havener Center.

FYRE goal

Motivated students learn to execute solid research methods.

Apprentice-style research partnership

Faculty mentors and students work together throughout the spring semester.

Additional research opportunities

It's not expected that a comprehensive research project will be completed in a single semester. FYRE students are encouraged to continue more advanced research, including S&T’s Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) projects. Mentors and students may also choose to continue their working relationship beyond the term of the program.


Student selection process

major in a CASB ACADEMIC discipline

CASB faculty identify potential participants through departmental courses and the Registrar’s list of new students.

Attend OCTOBER FYRE information fair

Interested students review faculty-submitted project descriptions and submit their applications to the program. Students who cannot attend the FYRE Information Fair should contact faculty mentors directly to express their interest, learn more about the research projects and apply.

Selection decisions

A CASB committee consults with faculty mentors to select participants no later than November 10. A maximum of twenty pairs of mentors and students is chosen for the cycle. FYRE project work officially begins in January and continues until the end of the semester.

Conference and showcase

FYRE students are encouraged to participate in the on-campus Undergraduate Research Conference in early April and are required to participate in the FYRE Research Showcase in early May.

Expectation and Compensation

CASB will host a welcome meeting in January and a farewell meeting in May for all FYRE students and faculty mentors. Faculty mentors are required to have regular weekly contact with the student and set regular, bi-weekly milestones for the student to complete. Faculty mentors who are matched with a FYRE student receive $500 in professional development funds. Each FYRE student receives a $500 stipend, to be paid upon satisfactory completion of the student’s responsibilities at the end of the semester.

Faculty Eligibility

Must teach in the CASB

Full-time ranked faculty interested in successful collaboration with motivated students may apply as mentors.

Research project identification
  • Appropriate for a first-year student with little research experience.
  • Will yield reasonably significant outcomes at the end of one semester to be satisfying to the student.

Students on FYRE

Randy Greeves in the FYRE (First Year Research Experience) showcase.

Randy Greeves seeks results

Mentored by Shannon Fogg, chair and professor of history and political science, Randy Greeves, a history and political science major, researches the humanitarian efforts applied children's treatment during war. Randy wants to use his research skills in industry when he graduates. In the FYRE program, Randy learned about the difficulties subject matter experts face and how to overcome them to produce results. 

Stephanie Dukes in the FYRE(First Year Research Experience) showcase

Stephanie Dukes knows her path

Mentored by Susan Murray, chair and professor of psychological sciences, Stephanie Dukes, a psychological sciences major studied personal "grit"—how it affects G.P.A. and how a sense of purpose can enhance a person’s grit. Stephanie wants to use her degree to help victims of domestic abuse. The FYRE program taught her how an experiment can be formed from an idea.

More Info?

Please direct any questions, contact to Kate Drowne, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business and professor of English.