I love FIRE because I get to be involved in a genuine research experience where I feel like I’m making contributions to my field so early in my career …. FIRE has helped me form connections with leading researchers in my field which have served as great mentors for planning my future career.
Joining FIRE at such an early stage of my college career really helped me cement my choice of major, and gave me the opportunity to collaborate and interact with excellent faculty within my field. I initially believed research was about long hours grinding in a lab, repeating trials, and working alone. FIRE was a dynamic and fun environment that opened my eyes to what research could be.
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. My research has also helped me to discover my passion for environmental science and sustainability, which are exactly the kind of experiences I am looking for to expand my career possibilities.
With the help of mentors and research educators, you have the guides you need to unleash your full research potential. The FIRE program has done so much to broaden my perspectives in the world of science and has given me a close-up look of what research is all about. FIRE is hands-down, one of the most beneficial decisions I’ve made in my college career thus far.
FIRE offers undergraduates like myself a rare opportunity to project our knowledge beyond paper and into reality. A wide variety of research streams are available to choose from, giving students the chance to not only do real, impactful work, but to do it for something that matters to them. It is like starting your dream job straight out of high school!
At such a large university, many professors have hundreds of students and cannot remember everyone’s names, let alone have time to meet with all of them. I was able to connect with my FIRE mentor and unlike my other professors he knew my name, made an effort to connect with his students and had an open door policy in his office.
I’ve gained invaluable research experience and skills that set me apart both in and out of the classroom. The faculty is engaging, knowledgeable, devoted, and has helped me realize my passion for research. FIRE has allowed me to form friendships with some of the most dedicated and intelligent students I’ve come across at College Park.
I never imagined in a million years that I would be doing the type of research and projects that I am doing right now. The FIRE program is one of the most exciting and interesting programs I have been a part of and I encourage everyone to join the program. I have already learned valuable information that will stick with me for the rest of my life.