Fearless research drives fearless career readiness.

Our Mission

FIRE provides first-year UMD students an inclusive

faculty-mentored research experience that drives accelerated professional development supporting young professionals ready to embrace uncertainty and affect equality of opportunity for all.

Research Experience

Our students use authentic tools of the trade to attack broadly relevant research objectives.  Outcomes are uncertain in a manner that allows students to thrive through challenge.


Fearless research drives fearless career readiness: our students develop critical thinking, communication, collaboration, leadership and work ethic traits that employers are seeking.

Targeting Societal Impacts

Future Professionals who Embrace Uncertainty
FIRE seeks to use research experience, unforeseen outcomes, and even disappointment as vectors by which we empower our young professionals to explore and embrace the power of uncertainty.  Helping our students better understand that they don't know what they don't know potentially leads to a shared society better able to listen, empathize and probe solutions unbiased by predisposition.


Future Professionals who Affect Equality of Opportunity  We charge our students to actively support growth and success for all.  Our students understand the duty they have to their research brothers and sisters in addition to the ways they are seeking to grow themselves.

How it Works

Read more about the FIRE program, how it works and academic credit earned.

FIRE operates 15 different research streams enabling more than 600 new Univerity of Maryland students each year to thrive in a variety of environments.

Kasey Goon

Kasey Goon is a member of FIRE Environmental Pathogens. She told us "The connections I've made with other FIRE members are just as valuable as the incredible amount of knowledge I've gained from the program."

Aidan Strother

Aidan Strother was a member of FIRE Terrapin Genome Project. She said "FIRE has not only taught me how to be a great researcher - it has allowed me to be that researcher."

Gabe Castro

Gabe Castro was a member of FIRE Sustainability Analytics. He shared "FIRE has allowed me to form friendships with some of the most dedicated and intelligent students I’ve come across at College Park.

Michele Keumeni

Michele Keumeni was a member of FIRE Antibiotic Resistance. She said "As an aspiring surgeon, this lab gave me an opportunity to conduct truly hands on laboratory research which was hard to find as an incoming freshman."



Dr. Patrick Killion

Director of Discovery-Based Learning

Email: pkillion@umd.edu

Tel: 301-405-0057

University of Maryland

The Atlantic Building, 2337


Recruitment for our next Fall 2020 cohort of incoming UMD students is happening now!



SINCE 2015:


University of Maryland

Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost

The First-Year Innovation & Research Experience

Dr. Patrick Killion

Director of Discovery-Based Learning

Email: pkillion@umd.edu

Tel: 301-405-0057