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Students in the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative develop an idea for independent or thesis-based research and are mentored by a Fulton Engineering faculty member. FURI participants perform research, attend workshops, prepare research summaries and participate in the semiannual research symposium. Interested students are encouraged to attend an information session early in the spring 2014 semester and develop a proposal.

The Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative combines research, mentorship, a stipend and research supply budget with hands-on experience early in your college career. The travel grant program helps students participate in national conferences and present their research, highlighting ASU expertise to peers and colleagues. All FURI participants present their work at a semiannual poster symposium on the Tempe campus.

Conducting research as an undergraduate student is one of the many ways that you can customize your Fulton Engineering experience. Whether you’d like to pursue independent research or work with a professor, you can find an opportunity to follow your passion. Start looking for research opportunities by talking to your favorite professors or visit the research opportunities page, where faculty and doctoral students advertise opportunities to work in their labs.

In addition, you can attend an Undergraduate Research Options workshop. These workshops — hosted by the Student Engagement office every semester — cover how to find research opportunities and how to apply for FURI or other programs. Watch Inner Circle for dates and times of workshops in January and February 2014.

Many FURI participants have gone on to apply their unique experience to work in industry, as well as graduate studies in engineering, medicine, law and other disciplines. The FURI program has been made possible by the generous support of Ira A. Fulton and his family.

On Friday, November 22, 2013, students gathered in the eSpace design studios for the fall 2013 FURI Symposium. The symposium is usually held on the patio and breezeways around the Engineering Center G-wing, but not even rain cannot stop our students. Parents and family, friends community college students, and Fulton Engineering faculty and staff showed up to support this semester’s FURI participants and find out what’s been going on in our labs across campus. Watch for announcements about FURI and other research opportunities, and get ready to impress your friends and family.

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