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After FRI

After completing the three-semester Freshman Research Immersion (FRI) program, students have a variety of opportunities for further research and/or internship experiences. Many Binghamton undergraduates conduct research under the supervision of faculty or have internships in industry. With completion of the three semesters of FRI research, our undergraduates are competitive for national fellowships.

Examples of post-FRI opportunities:

Course credit as Undergraduate Peer Mentor in FRI - Student applies to FRI program to coach new FRI students in one of the FRI courses/streams, with a weekly commitment of about six hours during semester.

Course credit as "Independent Study" -Student arranges this with specific faculty. It might be to continue the FRI project, or start a new project with different faculty, even a project in a different field.

Summer research assistant - Often faculty provide support from their research grants for students to continue research over the summer.

For any of the following programs, contact BU's Office of Undergraduate Research for advice about how to apply.

LSAMP - Funded by the National Science Foundation, the primary goal of Binghamton University's Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is to significantly increase the number of minority students earning baccalaureate degrees each year in STEM fields and to prepare these students for entry into graduate programs. The LSAMP Scholars conduct research in faculty laboratories. 

McNair - The McNair Scholars Program, a Federal TRIO program, is designed to increase the numbers of low-income, first generation and/or underrepresented minority students attending graduate school and receiving their doctorate. Summer stipends are available to Binghamton University's McNair undergraduates to conduct supervised summer research with faculty. 

CSTEP - The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) is funded by the New York State Education Department to increase the number of historically underrepresented or economically disadvantaged students in programs that lead to licensure and to careers in scientific-, technical-and health-related fields. Binghamton's CSTEP provides funds for students working with faculty on research.

National fellowships – Every year Binghamton University undergraduates compete successfully for national programs. Examples include students who have received EXROP (HHMI's Exceptional Research Opportunities Program) fellowships and the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowships. The Office of External Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards works with undergraduate and graduate students to identify funding opportunities, and then assists them during the application process.

NSF-REU – Binghamton University has several summer programs funded by the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates, currently in the areas of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Materials Science. In addition,  Binghamton students can participate in summer NSF-REU programs at other universities.

Campus Research Opportunity Postings (CROP) Database - Links to view current undergraduate opportunities for research and creative work.


Over 800 programs – NSF-REU, NASA and other paid summer research opportunities for undergraduates. With completion of the three semesters of FRI research, our undergraduates are competitive for national fellowships. We encourage you to apply!

Last Updated: 3/19/19