Engineering | Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI)

Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019 FURI Application due March 14 by 12 p.m. (noon)

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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.

Proposal Deadlines

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.

Getting Started

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.

Evaluation Criteria

Completed proposals are judged on the following criteria:

  • intellectual challenge of proposed research
  • budget and research timeline
  • leadership
  • feasibility of accomplishing the target objective for the semester(s)
  • written quality of the proposal
  • academic standing

Program Requirements

Students selected to participate in this program will be expected to…

Meet these goals:

  1. Commit to working the entire funded semester(s) on the research project.
  2. Conduct their research with a faculty member in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.
  3. Meet with the mentor during the first week of the semester to execute the research plan and work schedule (expect to work approximately 10-12 hours per week, depending on mentor’s expectations).
  4. Maintain good standing in the program by meeting regularly with the mentor, performing the research activities, and attending workshops.

Complete these deliverables by their deadlines:

  1. Review the online workshop and take the quiz for newly funded FURI students at the beginning of the semester as an introduction to the program.
  2. Submit a one-page summary mid-semester by the deadline.
  3. Submit a 100-word abstract for the Symposium Abstract Book.
  4. Participate in the semi-annual research symposium on the Tempe campus by creating and presenting a poster displaying the research achievements.
  5. Submit funds request/reimbursement documents for research supplies by the deadline to their mentor’s business office
  6. Complete two professional development activities by the deadline (such as attending a resume workshop, touring a lab, etc.)
  7. Submit a two-page summary of accomplishments at the end of the semester by the deadline.
  8. Provide feedback on your funded semester(s) so the FURI program can continually improve.

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

Current and former FURI students who volunteer to be FURI Fellows can also represent the FURI program at events and activities to promote the FURI program and involvement in undergraduate research. Contact if you’re interested!

Financial Support

Effective summer 2014, students will be paid a stipend of $1,500 their funded semester(s), which will be disbursed at the end of the semester as a stipend. Students must complete all the FURI requirements and perform to the mentor’s satisfaction to receive the stipend. Participants are also eligible to apply for up to $400 in research supplies per funded semester.

Students are encouraged to work with their faculty mentor to discuss continued funding from the faculty member’s grants or other sources.