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 will 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

MUST major in a CASB ACADEMIC discipline

CASB faculty identify potential participants through departmental courses and the Registrar’s list of new students, and faculty may encourage promising first-year students to apply.

Interested students will review the submitted project descriptions, meet with their potential faculty mentor(s), and submit their applications to the FYRE program by Friday, November 2, 2018.  Student applications are available at

Selection decisions

Selection decisions will be made by a committee assembled by CASB, and in consultation with faculty mentors, no later than November 9, 2018.  A maximum of 24 pairs of mentors and students will be chosen for the 2018-19 cycle. Work on FYRE projects will officially begin in January and continue until the end of the semester, although faculty mentors will have the option to suggest some background reading to their students before January.

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.

To apply

Students should fill out and submit the application form at and submit the form to by November 2, 2018.



Faculty Eligibility

Must teach in the CASB

All full-time ranked CASB faculty (both T/T and NTT) interested in successful collaboration with motivated students may apply as mentors.

Research project identification
  • Would be appropriate for a first-year student with little research experience.
  • Would yield enough significant outcomes at the conclusion of a one-semester experience to be satisfying to an apprentice researcher (ex. researching and writing one (or more) section(s) of a longer article or chapter; conducting one (or more) set(s) of experiments; developing one (or a part of one) significant survey tool; performing one (or more) data collection process(es); etc.). 
To apply

Faculty should fill out and submit the application form at by Monday, October 1, 2018. Faculty selected for participation in the program will be notified by October 8, 2018.

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 contact with the student (at least weekly) and set regular milestones for the student to complete (at least bi-weekly). 

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.

Please direct any questions to Kate Drowne,

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.