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  • FYRE (First Year Research Exposure)

    Welcome to FYRE

    First Year Research Exposure (FYRE) is a program that starts one weeks before your first semester as a freshman at UW La Crosse, and continues throughout your freshman year.  There are a number of great benefits you can get out of participating in this program, such as exciting field trips, career exposures, and tutoring.  FYRE is also a competitive program with a number of requirements.  Check out the tabs or give our office a call/email to find out more!

    FYRE Logo

    106 Graff Main Hall

    1725 State St. La Crosse, WI 54601 

    Office phone: 608.785.6913



    The First Year Research Exposure (FYRE) program is an academic diversity initiative of the College of Science and Health (SAH) and the McNair Scholars program at UW-La Crosse. Participation in the program is free to students.

    • We accept first-year underrepresented students of color.

    • Ideal candidates will have a cumulative high school GPA of at least a 3.0, clear goals for the future, a schedule that allows for full participation in program activities.

    • Eligible STEM Majors at U-WL

      • Biochemistry
      • Biology (all concentrations)
      • Chemistry (all concentrations)
      • Computer Science
      • Environmental Science
      • Geography
      • Mathematics
      • Microbiology
      • Physics
      • Pre-Chiropractic
      • Pre-Dentistry
      • Pre-Engineering
      • Pre-Forestry
      • Pre-Medicine
      • Pre-Nursing
      • Pre-Occupational Therapy
      • Pre-Optometry
      • Pre-Pharmacy
      • Pre-Physical Therapy
      • Pre-Physician Assistant
      • Pre-Podiatry
      • Pre-Veterinary Medicine


    2015-2016 FYRE Students





    Each summer, eligible students will be contacted and invited to apply.   A complete application, including a personal statement of interest and a release of information form, will be required from all prospective participants.

    We anticipate 12 open spots for next year.

    Fill out this form to refer a student!

    Check out a past application form!

    Our goal is to improve achievement and retention of first-year underrepresented students at UW-L in the Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) fields.  In addition, we want to create fun and educational activities that expose those students to a variety of career paths and introduce them to graduate schools.  Many also make great friends in the program and love that we have a study group already provided for them.


    • Move in one weeks early
    • Make new friends, be part of a campus community and study group
    • Enroll in stem classes together
    • Tour medical facilities, graduate programs and visit research centers
    ReserachCenters MayoClinic
    University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN
    • Get free tutoring
    • Develop technical skills
    Visiting Dr. Cooper's Lab

    • Learn the ins and outs of undergraduate research to get ahead
    • Free study supplies and access to the FYRE/McNair office
    • Earn $1000 scholarship

     dinnerfayzesWelcome Week dinner at Fayze's

    Participation Requirements

    • Weekly advising to maintain good academic progress
    • Attendance during Welcome Week activities and Winter Week activities
    • Complete supplemental assignments during Welcome Week and over Winter Break
    • Full participation in all activities
    • An open mind and curiosity about the world of research
    • Attendance required at 9 different research exposure events throughout the school year
    • Enroll in BIO 105 for the fall semester and attend two weekly tutoring sessions
    • Complete MTH 150 before the end of the academic year (with help!)
    • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA (higher if you intend to go on to graduate school)

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