The FYRE Research Arc: Question. Investigate. Share.

First Year Research Experience (FYRE)

Incorporating meaningful and dynamic research experiences in the curriculum right at the first-year level sets students up for future professional and academic success. FYRE classes take students through the research arc: ask a question, investigate the question, and share the results.

The Research Arc

Since 2014, the University of Saskatchewan has been leading the way in innovative undergraduate research with FYRE - First Year Research Experience. 

Through FYRE, first-year students learn and practice critical research skills via the research arc.

  • Develop a question
  • Investigate a question (using the tools of the discipline)
  • Share the findings with a wider audience (beyond the professor)


Build Research Skills

FYRE projects in courses build specific research skills:  

  • accepting unpredictability
  • 'just-in-time' learning - finding what you need, when you need it
  • working with others
  • giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • going back and making necessary changes and revisions
  • tenacity and grit to continue
  • ownership of your own project
  • the ability to explain your ideas to others


Good researchers vs. good students

University of Saskatchewan faculty researchers working with FYRE have discovered that the best researchers aren't always the top students in the class.

The best researchers have grit and tenacity, the ability to think laterally, imagination and are willing to put in the hard work. These skills matter just as much as marks and test scores. You might be a great researcher -- don't let marks stop you!

Find FYRE classes

Check the course catalogue for classes containing undergraduate research or other experiential learning opportunities at and beyond the 100-level and for upcoming terms. Search for 'undergraduate research' or related terms.

Past FYRE courses at USask have been in AgBio, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Astronomy, Education, ISAP, Pharmacy and Nutrition, Kinesiology, Womens and Gender Studies, Political Studies, Edwards School of Business, English, and many more!

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