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We highly encourage our Fulton Schools undergraduate students to pursue a research project during their studies. Not only does it help develop their interests, but it makes a great impression on future employers and graduate programs.

We have two great ways students can add research to their undergraduate experience.


Through the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative, or FURI (pronounced like “fury”), students conduct hands-on, independent research in a lab environment under a faculty mentor.

Faculty mentors receive $500 for each FURI student they mentor up to five students. Students can apply for up to $400 in research supply funding per semester, which can help support projects you’re mentoring students in. Students can apply for up to two semesters of FURI research.

Students’ FURI experience starts with a research proposal created with the help of a faculty mentor (or post your own research opportunities) and then students apply for funding. Once accepted, they perform research, attend workshops, prepare research summaries, design a research poster and participate in the research symposium.

Don’t miss the FURI Symposium on this semester!

Fall 2018 FURI Symposium
Friday, November 16, 2018
1–3 p.m.
ASU Student Pavilion, Tempe campus [map]

Students interested in applying for FURI should watch Inner Circle and the FURI application page for application details and deadlines. Encourage your undergraduate students to apply.

Cortney Loui

Undergraduate Fulton Schools students conducting research with a faculty member who has been accepted to present their research at a conference can also apply for funding to travel and present their research through the Undergraduate Research Travel Grant program. Professional conferences are also a great place to compare data and network with peers.

Many FURI participants have gone on to apply their unique experience to work in the industry, as well as graduate studies in engineering, medicine, law and other disciplines.

Cortney Loui, Coordinator of Student Engagement, provides research resources and opportunities to students through FURI and MORE. Loui supports FURI and MORE students throughout the semester and coordinates the research symposium near the end of each semester.




Our students learn to combine and apply research skills, an interdisciplinary perspective and an entrepreneurial mindset to solve global challenges through the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program. The NAE GCSP aims to prepare tomorrow’s engineering leaders to solve society’s fourteen 21st century grand challenges through innovative curriculum, cutting-edge research, multicultural experiences and service learning. A student’s pathway through GCSP could include other ASU and FSE program experiences including FURI, EPICS and Study Abroad.

Incoming freshmen in the Fulton Schools are invited to GCSP, but any sophomore, junior, or senior who meets the minimum criteria are also welcome to apply. Students in the GCSP can apply for a stipend to support their Grand Challenge research and an experiential learning grant to promote experiential opportunities outside of the Grand Challenge component areas. Upon completing the program requirements, students achieve the distinction of Grand Challenge Scholar, endorsed by ASU and the National Academy of Engineering.

Interested in mentoring motivated students in solving global challenges? Contact us to learn more about how you can get involved.

Photo of Amy TrowbridgeAmy Trowbridge is the Director of the Grand Challenge Scholars Program at ASU and a Senior Lecturer in the Fulton Schools. Amy oversees all aspects of the ASU GCSP, and leads the development and implementation of curriculum within GCSP including the FSE150 Perspectives on Grand Challenges for Engineering course and the GCSP Summer Institute. Contact Amy at or 480-965-4830.

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