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 helpĀ students gain research skills and mentorship that lead to academic retention, a more positive undergraduate experience and paths to graduate school.

The SRI process:

  1. 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.
  2. Upon admittance to the SRI, students are placed into research streams - a group of fellow students working together in the same lab.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Want to be involved? Email the SRI Director for more information.