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Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship

102 Roudebush Hall • Phone: 513-529-3600• Fax: 513-529-3762

Miami FYRE (First Year Research Experience Program)

What is the FYRE Program? An opportunity for first year students to engage faculty-mentored research and to establish early contact with faculty mentors.

How can a First Year Student apply to be part of FYRE?

The application process is simple! Read the FYRE Program Description and then e-mail Martha Weber, FYRE Program Coordinator to express interest. During summer orientation (usually in June), incoming first year students will have the option to make the FYRE Living Learning Community one of your choices for your residence hall experience.

Why Join the First Year Research Experience (FYRE) Program?
* Incorporate the framework of research and inquiry into your college experience
* Jump-start your involvement in faculty-mentored research as a significant learning experience
* Interact, network, socialize, and collaborate with your peers interested in research
* Connect with faculty, staff, and upperclassmen students to build academic and social mentoring relationships that will serve as personal and academic support as you transition to Miami
* Engage in the development of a community of student scholars and researchers
* Get involved in enriching educational opportunities - FYRE students are encouraged to attend monthly colloquiums on research-based careers or a departmental seminar in any discipline. You can find these on the various department websites.

The FYRE program involves three components:
1) The FYRE program pairs a student with a faculty mentor who will engage the student in some aspect of research in fall and spring semester for which the student will earn one hour of independent study credit. The time commitment for this averages about 4-6 hours per week. 2) FYRE students must enroll in a one credit seminar (EDL 260) each semester and 3) FYRE Students are expected to present a poster about their work at the Miami annual Undergraduate Research Forum held in April.

What Types of FYRE Program Research Experiences Are There?
FYRE URO and FYRE STEM This option allows students to participate in an ongoing research project with a faculty sponsor from any department including fine arts, education, business, science, technology, engineering and math.

FYRE RESEARCH SHADOWING Similar to job shadowing, this option allows students to experience the research environment without fully participating in an ongoing project.

FYRE TEAM RESEARCH This option encourages student-led teams to conduct a research project during the academic year. Maximum number of students per team is six; at least two members must be first year students in the FYRE Program. Often these teams are led by former FYRE students. Read more about current FYRE Student Team Research Experiences

How Do Miami Faculty Get Involved?

FYRE facilitators are recruiting Miami faculty to work with interested first year students for next academic year. Contact Martha Weber, FYRE Program Coordinator to add your faculty project profile for interested students to review. View current FYRE Faculty project profile on the web.