One research foundations course  •  Two sequence options  • Three-course sequence  •  Over 10 research driven courses (RDCs)

FYRIS: A New Path for Student Success 

The Freshman Year Research Intensive Sequence (FYRIS) is a three-course sequence designed to provide freshmen with course-based undergraduate research experiences. The sequence consists of one research foundations course and two semesters of a research track that:

  • Fullfills the learning objective of existing traditional lab or lecture courses, while allowing each student to experience the excitment of research discoveries and potential publication
  • Allows entering freshmen, real-world research experiences in a field of interest related to their majors while generating useful data for their professor's research program
  • Enhances student engagement by working side-by-side with faculty, post-docs and graduate students, who are conducting cutting-edge research projects in STEM areas
  • Teaches essential research principles and valuable techniques

Through targeted course curriculum design, FYRIS provides all students with an opportunity to develop their science identity and the skills needed to thrive in faculty-mentored research experiences. Courses are funded by several sources including the National Institutes of Health (BUILD) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (PERSIST).

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