First-Year Research Initiative (FRI)
Are you interested in conducting biology research at Penn State?
Join The FRI Lab!
What is the First-Year Research Initiative (FRI)?
The FRI Lab is a two-semester lab course sequence that gives students an authentic research experience and provides a support to connect you to a research laboratory. Students are supported by faculty and by undergraduate FRI alumni in the sequence.
How to sign up? Students sign up during New Student Orientation (NSO) in the summer before their first-year. The only requirements are that you are excited to learn research skills and to earn an extra research credit (BIOL294) each semester for conducting independent and collaborative research projects.
Fall semester: In lieu of the original BIOL110 lab, FRI student researchers explore biological research practice and design their own independent research projects with the support of the Fall Research Mentors (Teaching Professors) and undergraduate learning assistants (FRI alumni)! FRI research students also earn an additional BIOL294 Research Credit for taking this lab course.
Spring semester: FRI student researchers work with a Spring Research Mentor (Research Professors) on authentic research in lieu of the BIOL230 lab. FRI research students also earn an additional BIOL294 Research Credit for taking this lab course.
Learn more about the FRI faculty and our research community by visiting our LinkedIn alumni group!
Have we sparked your curiosity?!
Please send any questions about getting involved with Biology Research to the FRI Coordinator, Dr. Carly Sjogren, at email@example.com.