FYRE: First Year Research Experience

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: search for "undergraduate research" on Registration! Here's a quick video.

The University of Saskatchewan Library has numerous student resources to help you find success. 

Developing your topic is often the hardest part. If you do it well, your research will be manageable and useable when you're done.

Not all information is good information. Figuring out (discerning) the good from the bad is an important part of the research process. Be info-savvy as you go through your FYRE project. 

Investigating your research question using the tools of the discipline depends on the class. For historians, you might need the university archives and special collections. For geography, you might need existing data files. Ask your professor or research coach for guidance. Check out the library research guides or the library's 'Help Me Find' portal.

Here are tips on giving a presentation or poster session.

Are you facing some group work challenges? Group work is a skill, and working through your problems will give you confidence and strength.

And always, always, work with your FYRE research coach! They are there to help.

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
Download our FYRE faculty guide for more information.

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.


USRA-Undergraduate Student Research Assistant

Undergraduate Student Research Experience

Spend your summer doing research with faculty mentors.

The Office of the Vice-President Research USRA (OVPR - USRA) funding generally opens in January of each year. Funds are allocated to each college, and faculty are encouraged to apply for funds to hire undergraduate students to work on their research projects. These jobs are often found by word of mouth -- ask a faculty member if they have room on their team for you. See the rubric to learn how applications are evaluated.

Some student research positions are listed through the University of Saskatchewan's CareerLink. 

Stories of USask UGR Research

An undergraduate student research experience develops exceptional skills. Find student stories here.
USask faculty walk alongside
We regularly publish undergraduate student stories about research experiences (USRA, FYRE or your own experiences!) Please contact us at undergraduate.research@usask.ca for a story prompt.

Share Your Work

Knowledge is built over time, with many people. Share yours!
University of Saskatchewan Undergraduate Research Journal

Have a great project? Get published in USURJ!

The Office of the Vice-President Research is a proud sponsor of the campus-wide Undergraduate Project Symposium hosted by the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union each January.

Each summer, the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Office of the Vice-President Research team up to host the Undergraduate Summer Poster Symposium for undergraduate students working as summer interns across campus and beyond. Keep watch for details!

Many colleges host undergraduate research conferences and poster symposiums. Check out Western College of Veterinary Medicine, the Life and Health Sciences Research Expo, or the department of Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference, as great examples. Watch PAWS and your department or college for other opportunities.

World Class Day is a USask-led initiative to gather students from around the globe to share research! The fall 2019 event will be held November 16-17, hosted by USask. See the Arts and Science news story here.
Attend a conference


MentorSTEP - Indigenous women in STEM

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

Interested? Please sign up via our 'Who Am I' questionnaire: MentorSTEP application

Note: we use the same application for all mentors and mentees -- we want to get to know you to build the best mentorship experience for everyone! If you want to be a mentor or a mentee, please join us!

Other Opportunities


Browse the "How To" Guides.

The University of Saskatchewan constantly works to support student learning. Find some helpful resources here.

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