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Science Research Initiative

Learn By Doing in the SRI


Want to learn how to conduct research and create connections with faculty and other College of Science students? Join the Science Research Initiative (SRI)!

SRI offers College of Science students the opportunity to participate in discovery-based scientific research starting on your first day on campus, with no prior research experience required. You will gain research skills that will help you in science classes, learn with College of Science peers, and connect with faculty across the University. The SRI will jumpstart your path academic success, and give you needed skills to prepare for an internship or a career - whether that's in a research lab, an office, or one of the many other opportunities open to our graduates. Find out more below, or email us for more information.

The SRI is a program for first- and second-year students that enables them to start working in an SRI stream, or research experience, at the beginning of their journey at the University of Utah. This program assumes incoming students will not have any college-level research experience; instead, you will learn alongside your fellow students to gain research skills, technical experience, and the unique opportunity to learn from faculty.

Getting research experience early in your college career is one of the most effective ways to put you on the path of employment in the STEM economy. Whether your goal is to go to graduate or professional school, or begin working upon graduation, participation in the SRI will open doors for your future success. You'll gain practical experience, connect with faculty and researchers that can help you, and explore career paths early in your college experience. Utah's STEM economy is predicted to grow significantly in the coming decades, and the SRI will prepare you to be on the forefront of that growth.

Unlike other research programs, you are not required to have any experience in the lab in order to qualify. All the skills you will need to be successful will be integrated into your training. However, you are encouraged to take science and math courses in high school to prepare you for your degree in the College of Science.

Yes, the SRI is a program specifically designed for College of Science students. First-year students are encouraged to declare their intended major as soon as possible. Your advisor can help you determine which major will be suit your interests and goals.

The College understands that goals and interests of our students may change during your time at the University of Utah. If your academic goals change, your advisor can help you find the path that is right for you.

SRI staff will work with you to find a stream that interests you. You will have the ability to rank your preferences based on stream availability. You will be asked to commit to your SRI stream for a year; however, if there are extenuating circumstances and you need to change your plans, speak to your stream leader ASAP.

You can apply as soon as you receive your acceptance to the University of Utah, or when scholarships for the next academic year open (December 1st for the 2021-2022 academic year).

The SRI application uses the same platform as all University scholarships. You can apply using the link above. To apply, you will need:

  • Acceptance to the University of Utah
  • Plan to declare a major in the College of Science
  • First- or second-year status, or a transfer student

SRI students are expected to participate in the following:

  • Enroll in SCI 1500, a 1-credit class that will cover research practices, scientific inquiry, and other topics that will help you be successful.
  • Commit to 10 hours of work per week in your research stream.
  • Participate in an end-of-year research symposium to highlight your research and hear what your peers have accomplished.

There is no cost to SRI students to take SCI1500 during the fall semester. During the spring research semester, students can either receive college credit or work-study funds. Limited scholarships are available, and the opportunity to apply will be given to students accepted into the SRI program.

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SRI Research Streams

Current research stream opportunities

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Current Students

Information for current SRI students

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SRI Leaders

Join the Science Research Initiative faculty.

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Masks for U

Spread the word, not the virus.

As faculty, staff and students slowly return to campus we are asking everyone in the community to take the utmost caution to avoid the spread of COVID-19. This includes wearing face coverings and maintaining appropriate physical distancing. The university will be providing face coverings to all faculty and staff to help make this possible.

Print & Mail Services will distribute the masks directly to departments. We hope to have the masks delivered in two weeks. Check with your department staff for availability.

The University is launching a campaign to remind people of the importance of wearing face coverings and maintaining social distancing. The campaign features members of the campus community wearing appropriate face coverings with messaging about how to stay safe while on campus.

Departments will be able to place orders with Print & Mail Services for posters, A-frames, floor signs and other items with the campaign messaging. You can also get more information about staying safe on campus here.

We are all anxious for things to return to normal. However, that cannot happen until we stop the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in the greater Salt Lake City area.

We can do that by coming together and protecting ourselves and each other with just a few small changes to our normal routines.

Remember, we are all One U.



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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the schedule for the fall semester?

  • Classes will begin as scheduled on August 24.
  • The fall break (October 4-11) is canceled. In-person classes may shift to online instruction this week due to the Vice Presidential Debate on October 7.
  • Instruction will shift online from November 30 to December 3, with final exams held online December 7-11.
  • This shift to all-online instruction and exams after Thanksgiving is based on the strong advice of U of U Health epidemiologists and mirrors the approach of many of our national peers.

What safety measures will be in place?

  • The University will provide at least one face covering for every student, faculty, and staff member. 
  • All buildings will provide hand sanitizer near entrances, elevators, and large classrooms.
  • Students will be provided with sanitizing wipes or other supplies at the entrance to classrooms and laboratory spaces.
  • Classrooms and public spaces will be cleaned daily.

What format will classes take?

  • All classes will be using Canvas. Students should ensure that they have access to Canvas and are familiar with its format.
  • Class formats are still being reviewed by the Registrar and the Department Chairs. As of mid-June, classes will fall into one of the following formats:
    • In-person classes will be held for courses that cannot move to an online format, such as laboratory courses.
    • Online classes (designated as Section 090 by the registrar's office). Students will access course content online.
    • Snychronous or Remote courses, in which the instructor will provide instruction during the scheduled course time. Snychronous courses can take place on campus in classrooms with the content available online, such as real-time webcasts.

We ask for student cooperation with the following:

  • Only come to campus if you are healthy. Contact your instructors if you are diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Wear face coverings in all common areas in campus buildings.
  • Practice diligent personal hygiene and physical distancing.
  • Use sanitizing supplies provided as you enter classrooms and laboratories to wipe down your desk, table, chair, and/or bench top areas.
  • Follow instructions given by professors or instructors to maintain physical distancing guidelines during your class/lab.

Where can I get help?

The College of Science recognizes this is a challenging time for our students, faculty and staff. The University has provided several resources for your use.

Have another question? Email us at office@science.utah.edu. We're here to help you succeed.