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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.

Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative

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 2019 FURI Symposium
Friday, November 15, 2019
1–3 p.m.
Sun Devil Fitness Complex (SDFCT) second floor gym, 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.

Melissa Stine

Melissa Stine

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.

Melissa Stine also coordinates FURI applications and the biannual symposium.


Grand Challenge Scholars Program

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 (NAE) Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP). 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 or creative projects, multicultural experiences and service learning. A student’s pathway through GCSP could include other ASU and Fulton Schools program experiences including FURI, EPICS and Study Abroad.

Incoming freshmen in the Fulton Schools are invited to GCSP, and any current student who meets the minimum criteria is 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.

Amy Trowbridge

Amy Trowbridge

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

Amy 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 or 480-965-4830.

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