Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

First Year Research Experience

The First Year Research Experience (FYRE) is a program that exposes entering freshmen to core features of research over the course of two semesters.  FYRE provides an opportunity for entering students to get involved in research early in their academic careers.  Through the program, students are able to learn more about research opportunities at Fordham, become acquainted with some of our top faculty to build close relationships and obtain academic support, and become part of an active intellectual community.  Admission to FYRE is competitive and by invitation only.  

Students participating in FYRE will be enrolled in a one-credit course in the fall semester that covers topics related to undergraduate research in a number of different fields.  The course will meet once a week for 50 minutes.  Sample topics include: how to find a mentor; how to conduct a peer review; the responsible conduct of research; the preparation and practice of research presentations; as well as professional development opportunities.  Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from current faculty.

In the spring semester, students can work on the staff of FURJ - the Fordham Undergraduate Research Journal, collaborate with faculty on existing research projects, and apply for competitive summer programs.  Workshops will also be held at regular intervals to help prepare students to take advantage of these, as well as other, options.

Participating in research during the course of your undergraduate career can offer fantastic opportunities: students are better prepared to apply to graduate school and prestigious fellowships and scholarships; learn how to work as part of a team; acquire distinct and marketable techniques, and are given the opportunity to develop their communication interpersonal, and leadership skills. 

Inquiries about the program should be directed to Salvatore Cipriano.

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