FYRE: First Year Research Experience

First Year Research Experience

Take first-year courses where research is part of the curriculum.
USask Faculty use FYRE in their classrooms. Why?
  • active learning: students learn content via a deep dive into research
  • students develop professional and research skillsets earlier
  • research coaches leverage your eyes and ears in class
  • supports diversity and inclusion in research practice
  • mobilizes and reinvigorates classrooms
  • pursuit of skills and practices from USask Learning Charter
  • engage in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) for more publications
  • uses Research Cycle (Question. Investigate. Share.) to design course-based research curriculum

USask FYRE Research Coaches are the lynchpin of first year undergraduate research. They work with faculty to deliver just-in-time coaching to FYRE classes during their projects.

Develop your professional skills with a paid research coach experience. Work with students, guide their learning, learn to provide good feedback and constructive redirection, build Scholarship of Teaching and Learning for extra publications.

The University of Saskatchewan Library has developed FYRE resources to support research coaches.

Talk to your department: what FYRE classes are being taught this semester? Apply and get some extra cash and experience, right here on campus.


SURE: Student Undergraduate Research Experience

SURE is a connector and training program for undergraduate researchers -- which can include students in FYRE or experiential learning courses, capstone courses, honours projects, research assistants working with professors on projects, and other undergraduate students interested in building their research skillset. In summer, the majority of SURE students are working as undergraduate research assistants; during the fall and winter terms, others may join. 

SURE students who are registered before the deadline each term will receive direct emails with information, links to upcoming events and webinars, and support. 

SURE students who complete a minimum of 10 hours of SURE programming per semester may qualify for co-curricular credit. 

Spend your summer doing research with faculty mentors.

SURE Scholar Program Note: this program is not yet announced for 2021.

USASK Undergraduate Research Opportunities Department and College undergraduate research

Students: research assistant jobs are often found by word of mouth -- ask a faculty member if they have room on their team for you.

Pay attention to college calls -- some colleges have allocations for undergraduate research, such as College of Medicine Dean's Scholars program, WCVM undergraduate research, and more. They can help match you with a faculty member looking for student researchers for their team.

Some student research positions are listed through the University of Saskatchewan's CareerLink. Others can be found on the USask Careers site as Staff. 


MentorSTEP supports a closer connection between Indigenous women interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Saskatchewan's mining community.

In partnership with the Saskatoon Tribal Council and funded by the International Minerals Innovation Institute, MentorSTEP welcomes senior high school and undergraduate university-level women interested in and/or taking STEM-related degrees.

The program has three components:

  • Mentorship
    • High school students are matched with university mentors
    • University students are matched with on-campus faculty or mining mentors
    • Mentors and mentees meet during shared events combined with some one-on-one connections
  • Learning
    • Shared learning events once per month (learning labs, Indigenous cultural events, real or VR mine tours, mining industry support business tours, professional development events)
  • Summer research internships
    • Limited research internships for select high school students
    • Matched summer research internships for university students


Finding Other Research Opportunities

Many research opportunities are available on campus. Browse the links below to view opportunities to participate in various research and learning activities, events, and for information about current research challenges, competitions, and conferences.

Research Stories



We regularly publish undergraduate student stories about research experiences (SURE Scholar Research Assistantships, FYRE or your own experiences!). Email us at undergraduate.research@usask.ca for a story prompt!

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