inspire the next generation
The Science Research Initiative (SRI) creates opportunities for first-year and transfer students to join a research lab in the College of Science, to begin to learn and master the skills they will need for a successful career in a STEM field.
Faculty can lead a stream of SRI students (3-10 students) in their lab on a project of their choosing, that relates to overall research productivity. By participating, faculty can help students gain research skills and mentorship that lead to academic retention, a more positive undergraduate experience and paths to graduate school.
The SRI process:
- First-year students, upon accepted to the University of Utah, can apply to the SRI if they intend to declare a major in the College of Science.
- Upon admittance to the SRI, students are placed into research streams - a group of fellow students working together in the same lab.
- Once in a lab, the stream is taught the necessary lab skills they will need, as well as begin creating community with their fellow students, faculty, and research lab members.
- Students work with their stream for an academic year. They will then have the choice to continue with the SRI for a second year, becoming mentors for the next cohort of students, or leaving the lab for new opportunities.