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Tarleton First-Year Research Experience (FYRE)

What is a First-Year Research Experience?

  • Participate in faculty-mentored research (collecting and analyzing data) which contributes new knowledge to your discipline.
  • Interact, professionally and socially, with your peers interested in research.
  • Connect with a variety of faculty, upperclassmen, and graduate students.
  • Participate in enriching educational opportunities.
  • Commit to 8-10 months (including summer) of dedicated preparation and research.
  • Receive hourly compensation for the research work with their faculty mentor. 

Who can participate?

  • First-year students interested in conducting research in your field with a faculty mentor may apply for a FYRE opportunity. Contact faculty in your field if you are interested in applying for a FYRE opportunity. 

How long does the program last?

  • Recruitment occurs during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Hands-on research occurs during the following summer over an 8-10 week period (~20 hours per week).  
  • Participants present their results during the following fall semester at the Tarleton Student Research Symposium, with awards given on a competitive basis.

How do I apply?

The Summer 2020 application is now closed. 

After you discuss the project with your mentor, you will need to complete the online application. Note that the application MUST be completed by the student in one sitting. Students must be enrolled in at least one summer course in order to qualify for housing and meals. Make sure that you have the following before beginning the application:

  • Student information (college and high school)
  • Faculty Mentor name
  • Separate document with description of proposed research (3-page maximum) that includes the following items:
    • title
    • abstract
    • background
    • methodology
    • dissemination plan 
    • faculty mentor's signature
 If you have questions about the FYRE program, please contact the ORI staff.