Engineering | Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI)

Spring 2019 FURI Applications are due by 12 p.m. (noon) on October 11

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Whether it is your own research idea, or you would like to get involved with a faculty member’s research, you will need to connect with a faculty member and then apply for the FURI program. If you are looking for ideas, start with the research opportunities, where faculty promote opportunities to work in their labs.  You can also review prior FURI Symposium Abstract Books to see which faculty have worked with students in the past.

You can also review our research resources and review each School’s research website to review faculty research projects, as well as research centers.

Undergraduate students in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering can be funded in FURI, the beginning of their second semester of attendance at ASU until their last semester. The FURI program operates during summer, fall, and spring semesters. Students are eligible for two semesters of funding. All applicants must be undergraduate students in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and in good academic standing (i.e. not on academic probation) to be eligible for FURI. Online students are also welcome to apply!

Faculty mentors must be faculty in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. They also must not be on sabbatical, on leave, or on vacation during the majority of the FURI mentoring time period. Graduate students may not serve as FURI faculty mentors.

Proposals are accepted in March and in October. Students applying in March are eligible to apply for summer, summer and fall, fall and spring semesters, or fall semester funding. Students applying in October are eligible to apply for spring funding.

  • Student stipend: Students must complete all the FURI requirements and perform to their mentor’s satisfaction in order to receive their stipend. If they perform accordingly, they will be paid a stipend of $1,500 during their funded semester(s), which will be disbursed at the end of the semester.
  • Research budget: Participants are eligible to apply for up to $400 in research supplies per funded semester.
  • Faculty mentor payment: If the student meets the expectations listed above, their faculty mentor will receive a $500 payment at the end of the semester.
  • Funding beyond FURI: Students are encouraged to work with their faculty mentor to discuss continued funding from the faculty member’s grants or other sources.

Funded students will be expected to:

  1. Commit to working the entire funded semester(s) on the research project, which is typically between 10-15 hours per week, depending on the mentor’s expectations.
  2. Regularly meet with their Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering faculty mentor.
  3. Maintain good academic standing throughout the program, i.e. not be on academic probation.
  4. If provided with a budget, spend it per the specifications provided by the appropriate business office.
  5. Submit the following deliverables by their deadlines; details and deadlines will be announced to students at the beginning of their funded semester(s):
    1. Review the program guide and complete a survey to ensure they understand the program
    2. Submit a one-page, double-spaced mid-semester summary
    3. Submit a two-page, double-spaced end-of-semester summary
    4. Submit a 50-100 word research abstract
    5. Get their free professional headshot taken by the Fulton photographer
    6. Submit a research poster
    7. Complete two professional development activities
    8. Present in the semi-annual research symposium
    9. Complete a program evaluation at the end of the semester

Failure to fulfill these requirements may result in the loss of funding.

Application materials

Students should connect with an Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering faculty member to mentor them on a research project. Students must create their own application materials discussing a specific research project that they will work on with the faculty mentor. In order to be considered for FURI, students must submit the following materials:

  • Research Proposal (2 page limit research proposal plus additional page for references, strictly enforced):  Specifically and clearly state the research question to be investigated, including your activities and goals.  Also, include how your research aligns with one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering research themes.
  • Bibliography (1 page limit): list at least five resources you reviewed regarding your research area.
  • Timeline: Create a reasonable and descriptive timeline that relates to the proposed research activities for the requested semester(s).
  • Budget: Students may request up to $400 dollars per semester and must submit a budget request with the proposal. FURI Symposium posters are provided for FURI students and do not need to be included on the budget. Funding cannot be requested for paying research subjects. The items requested become the faculty mentor’s property when the semester ends.
  • Personal Statement (1 page limit): write about the relationship between your personal goals and the proposed research activity.
  • Resume: students will submit a current resume, showing transferable skills and abilities. Contact the Fulton Engineering Career Center for help creating or updating your resume.
  • Unofficial Transcript: students will submit an unofficial transcript. Students must be in academic good standing to be eligible for FURI. It is recommended that FURI students have at least a 2.5 GPA.
  • FURI Faculty Mentor Proposal Support Letter: students will receive approval from their faculty mentor to submit the proposal. Faculty will submit a letter of support to the FURI office.


FURI application rubric

  • The research question or hypothesis to be investigated is well-thought out and described.
  • There is a clearly defined research plan that describes the tasks that will be conducted in order to answer the research question.
  • The timetable is descriptive and correlates to the research plan defined in the proposal.
  • The proposal provides a concise review of research previously published relevant to the proposed work with appropriate citations.
  • The personal statement demonstrates that the student is motivated and aligns with the proposed research activities.
  • The resume demonstrates an ability to achieve goals and participation in activities.
  • The overall transcript illustrates good academic standing and the student’s ability to manage the course load and research.
  • The proposal explicitly states how the research aligns with at least one of the five Fulton research themes.
  • The proposal support letter strongly endorses the student’s abilities and preparation for the project and demonstrates a clear commitment toward the student’s project as a mentor.

For more tips & guidance, please use our FURI Proposal Guide or view the slideshow below!

Students with questions can contact


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