Freshman Research Immersion Programs in Environmental Studies
The Binghamton University Freshman Research Immersion (FRI) program provides first-year students with an authentic research experience in sciences and engineering. Working alongside faculty on cutting-edge research projects in their early college years, participants in the FRI program tackle weighty world issues, build powerful relationships, and set course for college and career success. Read more about the FRI program here.
These programs provide a fantastic introduction to research and the practical skills required to answer questions in the real world. Students who participate in the program gain a variety of skills and insights into their education that lead to productive undergraduate experiences.
FRI Streams Related to Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies students are involved in a number of the Freshman Research Immersion program streams. These streams get students practical training in studying the natural world using field and laboratory techniques:
- Biogeochemistry -- Students tackle the complexity of biogeochemical cycles and determine what can be done to safeguard vital processes. To understand these processes and address problems in an ever-changing world, this research stream uses state-of-the-art techniques in both field and lab work. The students create a research proposal based on the protocols and equipment they have learned to use.
- Environmental Visualization/Geophysical Remote Sensing -- Remote sensing refers to an array of techniques that allows researchers to collect and analyze detailed data for mapping across huge spans of the Earth. This particular research stream depends on techniques that allow researchers to "see" below the Earth's surface, such as LIDAR. To understand these challenges and how best to address them in an ever-changing world, this research stream uses state-of-the-art techniques in both field and lab work.