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!


2101 Centennial Hall
1725 State St. La Crosse, WI 54601 
Office phone: 608.785.6913
Email: fyre@uwlax.edu


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 UWL

    • 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




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 15 open spots in 2018-2019.

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 UWL 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 week 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 center
  • Get free tutoring
  • Develop technical skills
  • Learn the ins and outs of undergraduate research to get ahead
  • Free study supplies and access to the FYRE/McNair office
  • Earn $1000 scholarship

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)