FYRE: First Year Research Experience
Take first-year courses where research is part of the curriculum.
Taking a FYRE course opens the doors to your future learning. We're here to help you navigate.
- How to find a FYRE class
- What skills does FYRE develop?
- Student Learning Services - Library Help
- Developing your Topic
- How to Build a Research Question
- Solving Group Work Challenges
- Become Info-Savvy
- Library Research Guides
- Sharing your Research
- When to Call your Research Coach
- How to Read a Journal Article
- How to Read a Journal Article
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.
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.
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:
- 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
- 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
Research Snapshot Contest
This contest is a great way to showcase your fully or partially completed research work!
Submissions can be uploaded up to and including March 5th, 2021.
Types of work that can be converted to a social media research poster:
- Honours' projects
- Capstone projects
- FYRE course projects
- Summer research work
- Dean's projects
- Research posters
- Art pieces
- Masters/Doctoral/Postdoc thesis work
Prizes will be awarded to the most "liked" post on Instagram and the most "liked" post on Twitter! Make sure to share your social media poster with your network and encourage them to like your post! This contest is open to undergraduate, graduate & postdoctoral students and faculty!
Check out the "Create Your Poster" tab for full details about how to create your poster and upload for submission.
Build Your Poster:
Access this instructional video that includes downloadable templates in the description box, or get creative and design your own!
Upload Your Poster:
Follow the directions in the graphic to upload your social media research poster as a contest submission!
Tag Your Poster:
1. All submissions: #USaskResearchSnapshot
2. Your category:
- Undergraduates: #USaskUGSnapshot
- Graduates: #USaskGradSnapshot
- Postdoc: #USaskPDSnapshot
- Faculty: #USaskFacultySnapshot
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.