The First-Year and Transfer Student Research Experience (FYRE) program connects high-achieving first-year and transfer students with faculty mentors to work together on research or creative inquiry project. It aims to facilitate meaningful faculty mentorship of first-year and new transfer students while providing early exposure to research, scholarship, and creative inquiry in any discipline. 

Students are matched with a faculty project and work 5 hours per week (80 hours total) during the semester, gaining important research experience and building a professional connection with a faculty member. Students and faculty are paid for their work and mentorship. Students and faculty apply separately.

FYRE is designed to offer equitable early access to research and creative activity experiences for students who would otherwise be excluded from them. While faculty can encourage their eligible research students to apply, we are unable to accept faculty requests for specific students. 

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Faculty

Spring 2024 Application Deadline

  • October 30, 2023 @ 5pm (extended to avoid undue hardship for potential applicants since the original date of October 20 clashed with fall break)

Eligibility

The FYRE program is open to all JMU faculty (part-time or full-time) who work with students. 

Benefits

Selected faculty will receive a $500 stipend at the completion of the project.

Application

Faculty may propose a new project or a project that is part of an ongoing research agenda. A summary of each submitted project will be available online for students to view during their application window. In order to provide research opportunities to students who might not otherwise have them, faculty nominations of students are not accepted.

Additional details about the FYRE program are available in the online application.

Online Faculty Application Form (closed)

Students

Spring 2024 Application Deadline

  • December 8, 2023 @ 11:59pm

Eligibility

  • First-year or new transfer student (started at JMU Fall 2023)
  • Eligible to work in the U.S.
  • In good academic standing
  • Enrolled in at least 6 credit hours in the spring semester

Benefits

Students are paid $1,000 for their work through the FYRE program and gain important research skills and faculty mentorship.

Application

Review a list of available research projects and select not more than three projects of interest, which you will indicate in the application. Because space is limited and we often have more applications than available projects, students are encouraged to list three projects if there are three projects of interest. Listing only one choice will not improve the chances of selection for that particular project; rather, it will decrease the chances of selection overall.

Complete the application form below. Additional details about the FYRE program are available in the online application.

Online Student Application Form

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