About Freshmen Research Immersion (FRI)
Freshmen Research Immersion (FRI) is a groundbreaking, new program that gives first-year STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) students the opportunity to combine their academic studies with the experience of conducting real research, investigating important problems that yield publishable results in the areas of microbiology, neuroscience and chemistry.
This three-semester program begins with a Research Methods course in the fall of freshman year, followed by a Research Stream for course credit in the spring, which continues for a second semester in the fall of sophomore year. In this way, students are prepared for the Research Stream experience, and then have two semesters in a Research Stream, which gives them enough time to learn research techniques, acquire background on a research question and follow through on the initial phases of a real research problem.
Faculty in teams of three to five design and oversee the research experience for each Research Stream. New laboratories have been designed, constructed and outfitted to provide the innovative infrastructure to fully integrate undergraduate students in leading-edge research in the Research Stream they are placed into.
Students are well positioned to continue research in faculty laboratories and obtain summer internships after FRI, all of which prepare them for future careers in sciences and engineering.