The Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) in the College of Natural Sciences offers first-year students the opportunity to advance academically while doing cutting-edge, original, publishable research in chemistry, biochemistry, nanotechnology, molecular biology, physics, astronomy and computer sciences.
This early research experience serves as a platform for future research and success for our students. The three semester program (in newly renovated, dedicated research labs) gives students experimental techniques, lab experience, publications, letters of recommendation and a deep understanding of the scientific process.
After their Research Stream experience, students have the opportunity to continue on to upper-division research in faculty labs, research abroad, summer research program experiences or research-based industry internships. Graduates of the program are ideally suited to find a job, get into graduate school, and have a lifelong career in the sciences.
Learn more about:
- Why you should join FRI
- How many students participate and what they get from the program
- How the program works
- Research streams
Major funding for this program has been provided by: