FIRE is a 3 semester experience in which 9 General Education credits are earned. Please read below to learn about each of the courses in the sequence and opportunities available to you after you complete you FIRE stream experience.
FIRE Semester 1
The first fall semester FIRE120 earns 3 credits of General Education Scholarship in Practice credit. This course prepares students for FIRE stream productivity through training in primary research analysis, collaborative proposal development and scholarly communication. During this semester students select which FIRE stream they will join in their next spring semester.
FIRE Semester 2
The first spring semester in the stream is focused on community building, discipline-specific safety, methods and skills training while defining the scope and objectives of research projects engaged. Each FIRE stream has a unique course (FIRE150+) in which students enroll which earns 3 credits of General Education Distributive Studies credit.
FIRE Summer Fellows Program
The mid-point of the FIRE course sequence is the summer between a student's first year and second year. FIRE students can apply during the spring of their first year to be a part of a 10-week immersive research experience with their chosen FIRE stream duering this summer period. Students that are selected will be a part of the annual FIRE Summer Fellows Program. This is an optional part of the FIRE experience.
FIRE Semester 3
The second fall semester in the stream is defined by the research-application of developed skills and allows students to develop leadership and communication capacities. Each FIRE stream has a unique course (FIRE250+) in which students enroll which earns 3 credits of General Education Scholarship in Practice credit.
During both of these semesters (FIRE Semester 2 & 3), streams meet once a week at a scheduled time to facilitate communication regarding research objectives and progress. Students are allowed to self-schedule the time in the research setting (typically 6 hours per week) that works best with their schedule.
All students who complete all three semesters of the FIRE course sequence (9 credits) will receive a transcript citation that reads:
FIRE: THE FIRST-YEAR INNOVATION & RESEARCH EXPERIENCE COMPLETED
FIRE Next Steps
In the final semester of program affiliation, FIRE students can choose a number of options to help facilitate a professional next step:
FIRE Peer Mentoring Progam Students can apply to become a FIRE peer mentor and remain with their stream for an additional year. This opportunity empowers students to continue research in progress with their FIRE stream while developing valuable leadership skills. Additionally, they deepen their relationships with their FIRE faculty mentors thereby allowing for increasingly substantive letters of reference. All FIRE students are made aware of the application process during FIRE Semester 3 and have the opportunity to be considered for the valuable position.
FIRE+: Would you like to join a small research group after your FIRE experience? More information coming soon!