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What is FYRE?

FYRE is an innovative new program designed to connect first-year students with hands-on research experiences in a variety of academic disciplines.  Students selected for the FYRE program enroll in an introductory research seminar course (for credit) and receive training and support to help them find research placements in MSU labs and scholarly research groups.  FYRE provides funding for students to work as paid research assistants for up to one academic year. 

Program Benefits

  • Learn how to engage in research as an undergraduate.
  • Receive training and support in finding a placement as a paid student research assistant.

  • Create a network of academic and professional mentors.

  • Discover career and advanced opportunities in research. 


Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be first-year college students (<24 earned credit hours at time of application) OR eligible for MSU's Empower program.  AP credits or college credits earned during high school do not count against program eligibility.   
  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time during Academic Year 2022-23 (12 credits minimum).
  • All academic majors are welcome to apply.    
  • Funding for the FYRE program is provided through a campus retention initiative.  Selection will take into consideration availability and distribution of projects among academic disciplines and retention analytics.

How to Apply

  • Application will be available starting the first weeks of the Fall semester.
  • Review of application materials will begin promptly following the application deadline.  
  • Students will be notified by email of their application status. 

Scheduling & Time Commitment (Tentative)  

  • Students should expect a weekly time commitment of approximately 2 hours of in-class meetings and 2-3 hours out of class for homework/class related activities for the introductory research seminar.  
  • The FYRE seminar will run both fall and spring semesters (1 credit each semester).  For fall, class will begin in mid-September and conclude before Thanksgiving.  For spring, class will begin in late January or early February, and conclude in mid-April.  Students must enroll in the 1-credit seminar both semesters to remain active in the FYRE program.  
  • Once students have obtained a research placement (this process will begin within the first few weeks of class), they should plan on an additional 6-10 hours of research work per week under the supervision of a faculty mentor.  
  • Students will coordinate directly with their faculty mentors to determine a work schedule that is mutually agreeable for the research placements.  Students will be paid for their research hours out of the FYRE program budget at a rate of $9.00 per hour (note - students who are eligible for work study will be funded in part through a work study appointment).