Resources for Faculty
Start a Research Stream
The university-wide initiative at Binghamton University for authentic research experience for freshmen intending to be STEM (science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics) majors is conducted via the Provost's Office.
Ideas for Research Streams should be discussed with the Director of the FRI program before submitting a written proposal. Proposals for a Research Stream should conform to the framework of the FRI program:
- At least three faculty who are active in the research field partnering to design and direct the Research Stream
- Potential for the Research Stream to generate peer-reviewed publications that include undergraduate student authors, and evidence supporting that from past three years
- Potential for the Research Stream to provide supplies and summer and/or academic year undergraduate researcher stipends after FRI students complete the FRI program, and evidence supporting that from past three years
- Potential for the Research Stream to generate authentic research modules that can be inserted into introductory and gateway STEM courses, and any evidence supporting that
- Identification of three to six core concepts of the discipline that FRI students will be expected to master
- Identification of three to six core skills of the discipline that FRI students will be expected to master
- List of basic equipment and supplies needed for a laboratory room dedicated to the Research Stream, with 25-30 students, each working 8+ hours per week of the semester in the lab; and estimate of cost for equipment and annual supply budget
- Students are expected to earn four credits each semester of the Research Stream (freshman spring and sophomore fall). These credits should apply to their proposed major.
- Proposals for an intensive summer research experience will be considered if they fit the spirit of the FRI framework
- Assessment will be conducted by the FRI program, via OIRA statistical analyses and surveys approved by BU's IRB.
How Do Research Streams Work?
Each Research Stream is generated by the research programs of the faculty members involved. The Research Stream develops a curriculum designed to ease students into independent work as quickly and effectively as possible. The faculty team is responsible for the research direction, organizing the weekly stream meetings, and delegating responsibility to and supervising the post-doctoral associate designated for the Research Stream. The post-doctoral associate develops instructional materials, supervises the graduate teaching assistants and undergraduate peer mentors, and oversees the day-to-day stream activities and research. The post-doctoral associate is responsible for the stream budget and orders materials for a lab to serve 30 students. The post-doctoral associates, graduate teaching assistants and undergraduate peer mentors participate weekly in the FRI seminar/workshop, which assists with formative and summative assessment of the streams and the FRI students' progress.