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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 a summer stipend of $2000 and a room and board allowance.

Who can participate?

  • First-year students interested in chemistry, physics, or the environmental sciences.
  • Students are recruited by faculty in these disciplines.

How long does the program last?

  • Recruitment occurs during the fall semester.
  • Participants attend an orientation and research plan seminars and at least one research seminar during the spring semester and submit a research proposal at the end of the term.
  • Hands-on research occurs during the following summer over an 8-10 week period (~20 hours per week).  Participants receive a stipend ($2000) and room and board allowance during this time. 
  • Participants present their results during the following fall semester at the Tarleton Student Research Symposium, with awards given on a competitive basis.

Who are the faculty mentors?

  • Dr. Shaukat Goderya, Astronomy
  • Dr. Rajani Srinivasan, Chemistry
  • Dr. Lance Whaley, Chemistry
  • Dr. Kartik Venkataraman, Environmental Engineering
  • Dr. Sudarshan Kurwadkar, Environmental Engineering
  • Dr. Donald McGahan, Environmental Soil Science
  • Dr. Jeff Justice, Social Sciences
  • Dr. Daniel Marble, Physics

Summary of Research Opportunities


How do I apply?

Identify one or more of the faculty listed above and set up an appointment to meet with them.  You and your chosen faculty mentor will complete an application and submit it to Dr. Bryant Wyatt or Dr. Jennifer Blevins-McNaughton, Co-Directors of the Office of Student Research & Creative Activities.  If you have questions about the FYRE program, please contact Dr. Wyatt or Dr. McNaughton.