Freshman Research Initiative (FRI)
The Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) is 6-week research or creative experience working with a Kean faculty mentor. Participation in the FRI provides first-year students access to both faculty mentors and experienced student mentors and starts them on a pathway to future research opportunities. Students do not need prior research experience to enter the program.
The goal of FRI is to engage first-year students in a faculty-mentored project designed to introduce them to skills and techniques they will need to conduct independent research or creative work. Although these projects are introductory and limited in scope, they must include some essential features of effective undergraduate research such as reading the literature, encouraging student design of an aspect of the project, and presenting results. Students do not need prior research experience to enter this program.
- A first-year freshman (completed less than 30 credits)
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Able to spend 4 hours per week on the project committed to participate in the program for 6 weeks (fall or spring)
- Possess good written and oral communication skills