Dear Polytechnic campus Colleagues,

Since its inception in Spring 2005, the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) has become one of the most rewarding experiences for undergraduate students in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. This semester, 132 FURI students are being mentored by 71 faculty members. With the Fulton/CTI merger, we plan to immediately extend the FURI experience to students on the Polytechnic campus. To do so, we need your assistance to serve as a research mentor for which you would receive a modest stipend.

FURI provides students a stipend of $1,500 per semester for up to two semesters to work on a research project. Students may work with a faculty member in your school or an Engineering faculty member on the Tempe campus. In addition, students can apply for up to $400 per semester in research supplies. Faculty mentors receive a $500 payment per student (up to five students per semester) to mentor students through the research project. Students can work on the faculty member’s research project, or have their own research project idea (such as with their honors research/thesis). Mentors are encouraged to seek additional sources of funding to continue supporting their undergraduate researchers beyond the FURI-funded semesters through grants, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) supplements, and other funding sources.

Through the proposal process, submission of mid-semester and end-of-semester summaries, and attendance at the semi-annual FURI Symposium, students gain important technical writing and communication skills. Students who are selected to present their research at a conference also can apply for undergraduate research travel grant funding.

Applications for fall 2014 and spring 2015 are due on April 1 at noon.

You are invited to attend an information session for faculty to learn more about the FURI program and the proposal process. Information sessions for students are also planned.

March 18, Santan 339, Polytechnic campus

  • FURI Student Info Session 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • FURI Faculty Mentor Info Session 4-5 p.m.

March 19, Santan 339, Polytechnic campus

  • FURI Faculty Mentor Info Session 9-10 a.m.
  • FURI Student Info Session 10:30-11:30 a.m.

You also are invited to attend the Spring 2014 FURI Symposium on Friday, April 11, 1-3 p.m., on the Engineering Center G-Wing patio on the Tempe campus.

Questions about the FURI program can be directed to Amy Sever, Associate Director-Undergraduate Student Engagement, at amy.sever@asu.edu or 480-727-8713. Student questions can be directed to Cortney Loui, Coordinator-Undergraduate Student Engagement, at furi@asu.edu.

Jim

James S. Collofello
Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
School of Computing Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Arizona State University

 

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