Freshman Research Initiative (FRI)

Our Team

Meet our team of faculty and staff.

FRI Leadership

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Kara Helmke Rogers

  • Assistant Professor of Practice
  • Senior Director for Experiential Learning

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Lauren DePue

  • Associate Professor of Practice
  • Director of Freshman Research Initiative
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Elizabeth Ilardi

  • Associate Professor of Practice
  • Assistant Director of Freshman Research Initiative

Research Educator | Bioactive Molecules Stream

Building: WEL
Room Number:2.114
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Timothy Riedel

  • Director of UT Inventors Program

FRI Program Contacts


Admissions & Recruitment

Advanced & Summer Research

Assessment & Accreditation


Course Scheduling & Stream Sort

Corporate & Industry Relations

K-12 Outreach

K-12 Pipeline Initiative

Operations & Safety

Peer Mentors

Peer Observations

Summer High School Research Academy (HSRA)