Engineering | Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI)

Who is eligible for the FURI program?

Any Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering full-time, undergraduate student in good academic standing is eligible to apply. Students must be in their second semester in Fulton Engineering to be awarded in the program (first semester freshmen or transfer students can apply during their first semester for funding in their second semester).

Are B.S. majors eligible for this program?

Yes, all B.S. and B.S.E. majors in Fulton Engineering are eligible for the FURI program.

I’m an international student. Can I apply for FURI? 

Yes! FURI students are hired by ASU and paid at the end of the semester. All funded FURI students who are not U.S. citizens and are working for ASU on a visa status, must register in the Glacier system and get a Social Security card. Questions can be directed to ASU’s Human Resources office at 855-278-5081.

I recently transferred to ASU. May I apply for FURI?

Yes! Your first semester here at ASU, you can apply for FURI for the next semester.

When does FURI begin?

The FURI semesters are based on the Academic Calendar, please refer there for estimated start dates for fall and spring semesters. FURI summer semesters go through the very first summer session until the end of the last one.

 

How do I find a mentor? 

Fulton offers many opportunities for students to connect with prospective mentors. Here’s a few tips and more information about how to get started:

  • Explore these research opportunities and contact the head researchers.
  • Talk with the professors in your classes. Ask if they have research opportunities.
  • Talk with your peers. Some of them may be working with a professor on research and may be able to help you!
  • Explore the FURI abstract book and contact professors who are working on research that you’re interested in.

Can the mentor be outside the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering? Can my mentor be a graduate student? 

No. Mentors must be a faculty member from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Do I need to work with a teaching faculty member?

No – faculty can be teaching courses and/or conducting research.

Can the mentor be in a different program than me?

Yes, your mentor can be affiliated with a different School in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. For example, a Mechanical Engineering student can work with a Biomedical Engineering faculty mentor.  A Tempe campus student can also work with a Polytechnic campus faculty mentor and vice versa.

 

 

Can students submit a team proposal?

There are no provisions to fund teams of students. However, it is possible that several students could submit individual applications, and then work together on the research.

Can I get funding to do a project associated with a student organization?

No, the program is designed to fund individual students being mentored on a one-to-one basis.

If I complete the proposal and submit all the paperwork, what are the chances that I will be selected?

The program is competitive. The best proposals will be selected. The chance of getting funded is dependent on the quality of your proposal, available funding, and number of proposals received

When does FURI begin?

The FURI semesters are based on the Academic Calendar, please refer there for estimated start dates for fall and spring semesters. FURI summer semesters go through the very first summer session until the end of the last one.

 

Is there funding for supplies or materials?

Yes. Reimbursement for supplies or materials will be paid to the student or faculty mentor, or students can request the School purchase the research supplies. Estimated expenses should be detailed in your proposal.  

As a FURI student, when would I receive my researcher stipend? 

You would receive your FURI stipend after you have met all of the requirements for the program, which would be at the end of the semester which you are funded.

 

Who owns the Intellectual Property of FURI projects?

Any intellectual property you develop through your participation in the FURI program is owned by the Arizona Board of Regents for and on behalf of Arizona State University, pursuant to the Arizona Board of Regents intellectual property policy 6-908 (the “IP Policy”). Pursuant to the IP Policy, you are required to disclose and assign, and do hereby assign, intellectual property created through your participation in the FURI program to the Arizona Board of Regents for and on behalf of Arizona State University. For information about IP and invention disclosures, contact Arizona Technology Enterprises.

 

Can I get academic credit for the research?

The FURI program does not award credit. However, you may speak to your academic advisor regarding credit options.

What if I have more questions?

Feel free to email your questions to furi@asu.edu.